Phew! Another festival behind us. I'm having an early night and will update everything here tomorrow. I hope you at least didn't do too much damage this week.
Willie's relentless grinding out of winners carries on unabated. He seems to just make a wee change every year to further smooth the process of training festival winners. We are in danger of thinking he is a normal human being.
All the best.
Micro Manage won the 16.02 at Thurles today at 80/1 today. Oops I misread the SP. It was 1/8.
Aggagio won 7/4.
Boothill in 3.0 for me too.
3.35 Uttoxeter - Time to Get up
something I've struggled to do all week given the late nights/early mornings.
Pulling Stumps 1.50
Mathletic Saint Cloud 14.50
i'll take Jonjo to follow up in the Midlands National with Time to get up. Obviously laid out for this races so on a tryer.... utt 3.35.
I like the regional nationals. Hard tough races ( well on a nice day the Scottish is less grueling than others as Ayr isnt a particularly testing course - im going to that in a few weeks)
Whistle n the Dark - 13.00 Fontwell
Boothill in the 15:00 at Uttoxeter.
This is an appropriately named nap for me based on the destination of nearly all of my bets in the last week.
1535 Utto Young Dev
at least I got 20s last night so O can feel good until the field set off!
Knights Salute was fine when I checked on him this morning. No excuses ,not good enough. Didnt jump with his usual zest and Paddy eased him off when he was beat.
Raddon top nap (at the rather odd time of 16:31)
Captain Drake 3.35
Optimise Prime (each way) - 13.50 Uttoxeter
Idilico 16:50 New'c EW Nap
Supreme Escape 3.35 Uttoxeter is the nap.
As a follow up to my note about the all seeing punter, expert on Irish horses who backed Stattler at extraordinary odds last year...he wrote late yesterday, "Another poor day, and although ahead at end of week, my worst by a long way since 2015.
All downhill after Stattler, and hard to pick out any real highlights from Wednesday onwards."
I did not hear about my old neighbour's Lucky 15, either, so I can only assume his last two runners lost. But he did well. On the other hand, you tend to hear when the big fish is landed and not the other 99 days when the bait was offered (and lost!) but there was nary a tickle.
I did Ahoy Senor e.w. the day you first suggested it at 25/1 back around October or November. I am sorry you might have done win only but we have to live with our betting styles.
I am getting annoyed with the narrative around RB right now. How many Interviews did she do post-race yesterday where she looked progressively tired about the fact she is a Woman?
My Son gave up Horse Riding Lessons last year. He was always the only Boy in those Riding School Lessons.
I don't think Ruby Walsh or AP McCoy inspired him enough.
The Girls kept going and I don't think RB wants to credit herself for that fact.
That must be a tiring responsibility.
My nap is Micro Manage in the 16.02 at Thurles who I believe is trading around 66/1.
Thanks Joe for the dependable postings which make this possible. Sorry your £5 antepost double did not hit the jackpot... :-( And other bets, too.
I agree that Willie Mullins is an extraordinary trainer, even allowing for the financial advantages which he enjoys. I read an article about him a while back which indicated that he knows everything that is happening to every horse under his aegis every single day, even if those who ride them out did not think that he had seen them that day. Not only that but he knows exactly what stage they are at in their development, what their potential might be and which races they could be best considered for. A bit like God is supposed to be really - omniscient. At the same time, he gives the impression of being the most ordinary and unassuming person you could ever wish to meet. He has a wonderful talent.