Tanya's Blog - Wednesday 16th May 2012
From the picturesque intimacy of Chester, to the vast glory of York and it’s magnificent grandstand. When in Yorkshire, I’m always at peace with the world. Today the sun is out, with a blue sky covered only by flecks of clouds, which hopefully won’t gather too much momentum and spoil the ambience.
The warmth of summer is slowly arriving and barring a few spots of predicted rain tomorrow, could it be that ‘good’ will soon be dominating the going descriptions once more!
The delay to the blog was caused by an early programme meeting this morning at 9.30am, a 1pm on air time and plenty to film before we go on air and we need every chance to get it all done. And for me to get a cappuccino from the wonderful coffee outlet strategically positioned just outside the press room.
I go with Pricewise today with Baby Strange in the 2.00pm. However in the Musidora Stakes I’m in two minds what to do. The Fugue was beaten far enough in the Qipco 1000 Guineas and Aidan O’Brien’s record in the race recently isn’t the best so I would be tempted to oppose them both rather than picking a single winner. Oh to be a bookmaker once more in the Knavesmire betting ring!
There is a contrasting turnover level between Chester last week and York this week; the bookmakers on course are stronger and at times have a tendency to go bigger than the exchanges - they have opinions and aren’t afraid to test them. The weather should bring the crowds out and the quality races should lure the punters to the ring. Can’t wait to get out there!
In the Duke Of York Stakes, Hoof It has supposedly done an exceptional piece of work and Lee Westwood, his part-owner, is due on course. He finished tied-61st at Sawgrass and didn’t do too badly at the fearsome island hole, the 17th. He bogeyed it on rounds one and two and hit par in rounds three and four. However, he could be fixed on the Ryder Cup this year as well as trying to gain victory in a major.
Hoof It has never been beaten in May and I respect his ability, he wasn’t far away from landing the Betfred Sprint Cup last September and I’ll be having a little saver on him to try and get back my stake on the French challenger Restidargent. She has definite class, she was fourth to Mashoora over seven furlongs. Also I can’t work out why Elnawin is so big and drifting further out on the exchanges, I have to invest a little on him each-way.
So to confirm I’m laying Twirl and The Fugue, backing Baby Strange, Restidargent and having a small each-way on Elnawin. Due to his form over hurdles I’m backing Eagle Rock, too.
2.00 York: Baby Strange
3.00 York: Restiargent
3.35 York: Eagle Rock
2.30 York: Musidora Stakes
3.00 York: Duke of York Stakes
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