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Tanya's Blog - Friday 13th July 2012

David Duchovny on a big plasma screen! It’s made my mornings very pleasant, re-runs of the X Files at 5am are a great start to the day. I thought the programme was brilliant almost twenty years ago and it’s been great to see them all again.

The Newsroom also got a big tick from this quarter on Tuesday night, if you have Sky+ it is worth taping.

After an arduous journey delivering tapes through rush hour last night, I once again found myself on the road very early this morning and arrived at Newmarket’s press room just after 8am.

Just like a desolate and disused classroom all the chairs were on the desks, except for one corner table which was being used by Mac. He has it strewn with tatty bits of papers, newspapers, a plastic glass full of water for a dishevelled rose which will adorn his blue suit later on this afternoon. It is gradually showing a bit of revival.

The lady in the corner is washing up the same cups for the third time and the big tea and coffee urns are readying themselves for working overtime.

It’s a very chilly today on the July Course, not like yesterday when Mac must have thought Santa had brought him two Christmases! Ladies Day, a rare appearance of sunshine and a mixture of drinks made ‘poor’ Mac a magnet to those in attendance. Myself and Rod counted 50 pictures had been taken of and/or with him before we went on air at 1pm! The steady stream went on throughout the afternoon.

Canvassing the opinions from the bookmakers standing up they would have been better off selling ice creams or sun-tan lotion! Although taking plenty of bets, the average stake was under £10 and alarms would have rung if someone had approached with £100 or more.

Be wary of that when you watch the fluctuations during the afternoon at Newmarket; the majority are just using their pitches as a means to hedge into the exchanges. I’m also going to make a point of checking out the each-way terms of those oncourse today, especially with the Bunbury Cup tomorrow a highlight of the each-way punters.

The French press are out in force at Newmarket and you can hardly blame them. Golden Lilac has never been anything other than odds-on on the exchanges she loves the ground and has only ever been beaten once. Despite John Gosden’s apparent form he has failed to win this in nine attempts and I’m prone to go for the favourite.

Of the other races I like Piri Wango in the 1.50 and another Irish challenger Sendmylovetorose.


Today's Selections:

1.50 Newmarket Piri Wango

2.25 Newmarket Sendmylovetorose

3.00 Newmarket Golden Lilac


Tanya's Pointers

Frankie Dettori has had seven wins from his 24 rides in July

Eight of the last ten winners of Newmarket’s 1.50 were drawn in stall 10 or higher

Only one favourite in the last ten years has won Newmarket’s 1.50

Five of the last ten favourites have won the Cherry Hinton

Nine of the last ten winners of the Cherry Hinton came from the first three in the betting

Nine of the last ten winners of the Cherry Hinton finished first or second last time out

Seven of the last ten winners of the Cherry Hinton ran at Royal Ascot

Johnny Murtagh has had five Falmouth Stakes rides winning three and third on one

Seven of the last ten winners of the Falmouth Stakes had run at Royal Ascot on their previous start

John Gosden’s last nine Falmouth runners have all been beaten


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