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Tanya's Blog - Wednesday 3rd October

Huge sympathy to the connections of Danedream, fate is so cruel. ‘If only’ and ‘why’ can play on the mind to distraction and when the first horse crosses the line on Sunday thoughts will immediately turn to whether they would they have beaten Danedream or Nathaniel? Nathaniel’s spiked temperature means there is an increased likelihood that he will meet Frankel once again. Or was a discussion outside his box yesterday morning between stable lads on the very matter of Frankel the reason his temperature spiked?!

Back to Danedream. She is wonderful, and her defeat of Nathaniel in the King George is memorable, especially due to the depth of talent she faced.

Now the Japanese are free to put the Pari-Mutuel in meltdown. Remember El Condor Pasa and Deep Impact? Well, I’m guessing you won’t forget Orfevre, winner of the Prix Foy and now favourite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Six Group Ones to his name could well become seven. Hopefully Camelot can join the party but after the St Leger I won’t be in a rush to back him. Instead at this point I’m looking at Reliable Man. He ran well enough in the King George, but as he was my third choice because my two previous have now defected the bureau de change won’t be an immediate port of call!

There is much racing today, and much of which is very hard. Obviously maidens serve a purpose, not though to attract turnover, and running them continually without too many breaks only drives me if I’m a betting shop to the exit or to listen to the analysts talk about the weekend sport!

Robert Cowell has done very well this season without the recognition he deserves. Fate hasn’t been exactly fair to him. He’s had many seconds in Group sprints, which hopefully will be put right on Saturday with Kingsgate Native and at Longchamp with one of his many speedsters but today I like his Cardinal at Nottingham.

No doubt most of you were watching an extraordinary Ryder Cup. Steve Stricker an unintentional asset for Europe, Brandt Snedeker, as I suspected, never a matchplay player and Ian Poulter is just brilliant. However I hope Nick Watney, who was passed for American selection goes on to win the JT Shriners Open with contemptuous ease.

I don’t know how I would survive without sport, as while the Ryder Cup was in progress I was mixing it with T20 Cricket World Cup (Pakistan are somehow through, fingers crossed they go on to win even though they struggle with the bat) and American Football.

After the nonsense of week three normal service was resumed with the San Francisco 49ers – they thrashed the NY Jets 34-0. My ante-post Superbowl voucher on them survives the shredder for another week.

While Poulter and Donald were doing their magic at Medinah, I was watching the sheer class of Tom Brady. And to think in a few weeks I’ll be seeing him live once more.


Today's Selection:

2.50 Nottingham Cardinal


Tanya's Pointers

John Gosden has had eight winners from his last 15 runners

Nicky Mackay has had five winners from his last seven rides

William Haggas has had six winners from his last 11 runners at Newcastle

Robert Winston has had eight winners from his last 14 rides

Bygone For Coins hasn’t won in eight tries at Newcastle

Stellar Express is three from three at Nottingham

Six of the last ten favourites have won Nottingham’s 5.00pm

Kieren Fallon has had 13 winners from his last 39 rides at Salisbury

Eight of the last ten favourites have won Salisbury’s 2.30pm

Richard Hannon has won three of the last five runnings of Salisbury’s 2.30pm

Hawridge King has won three of his eight races at Salisbury


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