Tanya's Blog - Thursday 29th November
A miserable time for many as floods blight many towns and villages, even the Thames at the back of our offices with every ripple is licking its lips with the prospect of submerging Sunbury and surrounding areas, let’s hope it doesn’t happen.
Racing, temporarily, has lost an enormous asset in Southwell. The hard graft that course does throughout the Winter months along with the other All weather tracks to keep the turnover ticking over is not recognised enough.
Thank goodness for all the turf meetings with Newbury live on . Rock On Ruby won the Gerry Feilden last year, the six in this year’s line up would love to follow in his hoofprints.
Edgardo Sol has to concede lots of weight as he steps back from the bigger obstacles, Jason Maguire has gone to Uttoxeter, all I would read into that re Call Back is the potential for multiple winners for Maguire elsewhere! With Alan King in such good form I am willing to take a chance with the ground and plump for Vendor. He has proven ability with third in the Fred Winter Juvenile at the Cheltenham Festival. Vendor is also a course and distance winner.
Worth tuning into Racing UK for the lead up to the 12.25, dual Cesarewitch winner Aaim To Prosper is making his hurdling debut and I heard from the owner at Cheltenham’s Paddy Power meeting that the schooling has been going well. His price will be prohibitive but a watching brief is mandatory.
Despite nearly 600 days off the course Regal Approach may be worth a second look. Ed Cookson would be a conditional who I rate and his 5lb claim is a bonus. He should ample talent over the bigger obstacles and has won at Newbury.
Thought The Giant Bolster ran a cracker on Saturday, he didn’t get much of the recognition he deserved and he is sure to be among the challengers for the biggest prizes this season. Forgot to mention thought Rattan was the best eyecatcher for some time on the Sunday of the Paddy Power meeting and can’t wait for his next outing.
Extremely amused that Fox Appeal has been entered in the Long Distance Hurdle, would love to see him take his chance against Big Buck’s.
On the film front can highly recommend Argo, having gone for the cinema marathon over the weekend, three films in one day, Argo being the last it outshone the final Twilight movie, Silver Linings Playbook and most of the remaining offerings this year!
Paul Nicholls has won four of the last nine runnings of Newbury’s 12.25
Favourites have won six of the last nine runnings of Newbury’s 12.25
The seven winners of Newbury’s 1.30 were no older than five
Paul Moloney has won on four of his last eight rides
Rebecca Curtis has a 50% strike rate with her hurdlers at Uttoxeter
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