Leo was the only Friday scorer - well done. If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.
Connections have shown plenty of faith with Make Me A Believer, who has run just 5 times in his career. The 8-y-o starts in only his second chase here, his first run at 3 miles. His history shows he’s been hard to keep sound, but he ran well for a long way on his chase debut last time, his first outing in 685 days. To persevere with a horse who has averaged just over 1 run a year says a lot for his promise. He’s bred for 3 miles and the deepish ground should not trouble him, given the track passes its morning inspection. He should be backed EW at 9/1 to 4 places with Skybet.
On TH I tried to lighten the mood by saying that Lineker, Shearer and Wright were brilliant strikers, and asking how much they'd be worth today.
I know, side splitting stuff . . . But the G was in no mood for such hilarity by this stage, so out came the red card.
Knickerbockerglory.e.w. 14.25. Sandown.
Dubai Station won at 17/2
Aurophobia Wolves 5pm EW Nap.
Casa no mento 3.00S.
Groveland in the Tampa Bay Derby due off at 22:15
Nap. Etalon. Sandown 1.50.
No Risk des Flos 3.35 Sandown is the nap,well done yesterday Leo.
Twinjets 13:50 Sand EW Nap
One of the reasons we gamble is that we lose so often its a joy to get it right. FFS I backed 2 of Billy's last night, both came 2nd, passed on the other which sluiced home at 12s.
I thought Playful Saint was a good bet yesterday and quite surprised he's drifting a bit as he goes well on the ground. Skelton's 2nd runner aint without hope and there looks to have been a few quid for it. The other was
Nap Wolves 1440 Tinker Toy
who they reckon is a bit of a Goldilocks. He found 6 furlongs too hot, a mile a bit cold and 7f just right. I hope so too.
Mexico - 13.50 Sandown
NAP Sandown 2.25 - Monviel
Apologies to the nap contributors, but
I see Harrytheactor has been serially redcarded in The Guardian trying to post about the BBC's atttempt to stifle Gary Lineker's freedom of speech. I think he hypothetically compared it with what ITV Racing and its pundits might do (I think, as I did not see the first post!): red cards without a trace of irony from the Guardian.
In the Racing Post's Front Runner yesterday Chris Cook took the BHA to task over the claim that jockeys were in favour of stronger penalties for misuse of the whip. This claim was a patently ridiculous attempt by the BHA to spin the whip story. The BBC similarly attempted to spin the Lineker story to the effect that it was he, Lineker, who had "stepped back" from MOTD when in fact he'd been ordered to "step back" against his will. These attempts to bend and distort the truth do matter.
The only excuse for the Guardian is that it is a somewhat ramshackle operation...and red cards about horseracing are not mainstream. The BBC has no excuse as it has an obligation to present news impartially.