EGS keeps himself well to the fore with a Monday winner. Gforce scored too: well done both. If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.
Rhythm won 12/1 EW Nap
Audience won at 12/1
That tough and reliable jockey Kevin Jones is quitting due to the wear and tear to his body from injuries and fasting. His interview here makes sobering reading. His struggle to make ends meet should make those who run racing sit up and take notice.
The stable staff wage increases have been announced which kick in from the 14th November. Badly needed but will be the final nail in the coffin for a fair few trainers and makes having a horse trained here even more expensive for owners against even lower returns.
Waiting until next spring was never a good idea to sort things ,maybe the BHA might get a shift on now.
Greg Wood wrote this on 8 October:
I just now posted a helpful correction on TH:
My post was red-carded literally within seconds. Full marks for vigilance by Guardian moderators - that was an embarrassing and potentially costly error to have made. Meanwhile there is no subject that gets the G hopping up and down like a cat on a hot tin roof than any reader comment on the doings of the ruling family of Dubai.
Dilton's cautionary note about Milton Harris's horses proved very apposite with Mullenbeg getting turned over in a desperate race at Huntingdon.
War correspondent, wins 7/2
I take the point about small fields but it does give some opportunities for smaller yards. I was delighted for Northumberland trainer Tim Reed that his Big Difference could win a 6k pot. It's not a fortune but it makes a, er, big difference to a small yard. Tim bought the horse out of the Ben Pauling yard and he's been a consistent sort without getting much help from the handicapper. But he spotted the race and brought the horse all the way down from the Tyne Valley to Hereford, not something he would do lightly. Big Difference is indeed a big lad and has a pounding action, so it's surprising that he is best on a sound surface, which it definitely is today. Tim's son Harry rode a clever race, grabbed the rail on the final bend from the Skelton hotpot and conjured a big leap at the last to seal it.
A few more runners at Hereford wouldn't have gone amiss...its a pretty poor show for naps as it doesnt make for attractive betting heats.
Huntingdon a little better and i'll try No Recollection in the 15.47 - i should really be trying to picjk a 25 to 1 shot at one of the flat meetinngs...Maybe tomorrow!
One Cool Poet. 14.20. Punchestown.
Ribhi 4.50 Leicester, well done yesterdays winners.
I believe someone once said that success can be defined as the ability to move from one failure to the next without any loss of enthusiasm. Seems apt for me at the moment.
Today’s failure, sorry I mean selection, is Bertie’s Wish (each way) in the 18.35 at Newcastle.
Ribhi 4.50L nap
Rhythm 20:05 New’c EW Nap
Nothing today. Buick has 1 for Charlie but Haggas is about 33% now so
Nap Leic 1720 Tairann
which is much longer. He aint running them 'to see how they do on their first day at school'
My nap is Audience 4.50
Bonne Debut - 16.40 Punchestown
Beautiful Aisling 3.40L.
Nap 4.50 Leicester - Star of Orion
War Correspondent. Punchestown 1.45