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Tanya's Blog - Tuesday 4th September 2012

Unless you are a coach or play for one of the 32 NFL teams, Sundays are now off limits! There’s been a suitably smooth baton change from cricket to NFL as a fond farewell was bid to Lords on Sunday as the South Africans provided adequate entertainment. I’ve said it before but to watch Dale Steyn live was a bonus and a privilege.

A wry smile adorned my face as upon clicking through the turnstile I remembered on my probable return in May it will be my beloved Kiwis who will be taking the St John’s Wood stage.

On to the NFL, Seattle are unbeaten in pre-season, yet those to watch out for will be San Francisco, New England, Carolina, Green Bay and Denver.

There are big Fantasy Football stewards’ enquiries after this weekend’s action in the Premier League. Liverpool’s defence is of major concern as is Spurs lack of a strike force. I was also curious to find a couple of range balls under my desk, rather redundant as most of the workforce do well to break 100 for 18 holes. At least the boys have found the kettle as there is much to do ahead of a busy couple of weeks.

A fair card at Goodwood today, their 4.05 is a tidy Listed juvenile event, Steeler can give York’s Acomb Stakes a real boost, understandable he is going to be odds on but at 4-6 is that too short?

Money for Cushion is intriguing. At the time of writing she is only 5-2 favourite on the exchanges, no doubt she can provide another means for William Buick to show his supreme form this season.

Hurricane Higgins had to cope with a disadvantageous draw and probably a trip less than ideal in the Ebor on his latest start, a return to two miles may help and he’s a fair price also. Time Medicean came from nowhere to win at Goodwood on his penultimate start then got lost in the vast expanse of Newmarket’s July course on his latest run. Like Hurricane Higgins, I’m hoping he appreciates the return to the Sussex air.

I was at Sandown on Friday to witness Effie B’s speedy win at Sandown and it’s good to see her out so quickly at Leicester, she has a favourite’s chance of making it a quick double in the 2.00.

Back now to studying the NFL and getting those all-important wagers in ahead of all the tips which are soon to come out. I take Denver to win the AFC West, but they are sure to be odds-on. If they are not I’ll be smiling. It’s a hard call between Green Bay, San Francisco and New England on who to win the Super Bowl, but I’m guessing everyone will go for the San Francisco 49ers. I may be tempted by Aaron Rodgers’ Packers to repeat their victory of last year.


Today's Selection:

2.00 Leicester Effie B

4.40 Goodwood Hurricane Higgins

5.15 Goodwood Time Medicean


Tanya's Pointers

Ed Dunlop has had five winners and two thirds from his last 11 runners

Brian Ellison has had six winners from his last 12 runners

Sir Michael Stoute has had four winners from his last 10 runners

Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes have teamed up for five winners from their last 10 runners

Martin Harley has ridden five winners from his last 14


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