Good morning fair punters of this land from a muggy Birmingham where the Major recovers from a boozy day at Headingley yesterday.
Last week I struck lucky, something that does not happen often in any of our lives. On Twitter (the Major is @tdl123), the fine people at Sportingbet.com were inviting guesses at total runs in Englands 20/20 with Sri Lanka. The Major threw a dart at it and hit the bull. Well to be fair I was one run off but this was close enough to pick up a pair of Headingley tickets! Great day, brilliant weather, great Jaya performance, cracking atmosphere – Thank you to Sportingbet.com
Headingley only have one international all year and that was it. This is causing some consternation in Yorkshire who would be used to a greater share of the ODI / 20/20 and test matches against India and Sri Lanka this year. I do not know how the ECB choose their venues but if it has anything to do with the speed at which a venue can dish out beer to a madding throng, then Headingley are lucky to have one. 40 minute beer queues, incredible a major sporting venue cannot get that sorted.
Only a brief post today. The Major promises to do a bit more work. A friend has asked me to assess the Chepstow card on 8th July which I will do in full. I will also get around to updating the stats too – Today is a busy day though and I have reconciled myself to just a few titbits to circulate.
The Eclipse – Workforce v So You Think
This really is a mouthwatering prospect. So You Think the Aussie superstar in the Ballydoyle camp and Workforce our own superb 2010 derby winner who went on to win an Arc.
In all honestly, I would be 5/4 the pair. Both have shown absolutely terrific form. So You Thinks recent Royal Ascot defeat to Rewilding was probably more to do with tactics than ability and I am sure that connections (Heffernan gets the ride today) think the same, reverting back to Seamie who has won on the horse earlier in the season.
Workforce won his Grp 3 reappearance in satisfactory yet unspectacular style, he is entitled to strip much fitter for that. Stoute who was on the cold list, struck yesterday with Class is Class to put some fear of his recent form to bed.
On balance, I have to be on Workforce at 7/4. I was advising on the twitter feed to back at 2/1 two days back and the slight contraction in price is not enough to double up my recommendation.
It promises to be an absolute cracking renewal of the Eclipse. Sri Putra may not be too far off at fancy prices. It seems to me that this one runs better, the better the quality of the opposition. If there were an eight runner field then you might be tempted.
As for the market, well I cannot understand it. OK, So You Think is a class act and it is hugely exciting to have him in Europe for the season. I think we are getting carried away though and Workforce is his match in my view. Workforce is equally top class and would not be surprised to see him win a second Arc. 9/2 is his current price for that but that might be a distant dream if he beats So You Think well today. I hope he does and then I would like to see both Pour Moi and Workforce settle down with 300 yards to go on a lovely crisp Parisien afternoon in October!
If I say that I shed no tear over Murrays semi final defeat, then you know which side of the fence the Major sits on this marmite man – I was supporting our Andy, all the way to the Semi Finals! Nadal was always the class act, as I tweeted t’other week, 9/4 was the time to back Nadal like men.
2.50 Haydock – I have settled on Dorcas Lane to win the Lancashire Oaks at 15/2.
The only three year old with a squeak, the weight allowance looks handy. I think the Royal Ascot form was rock solid and the bare result does not tell the whole tale. After breaking poorly, she hung in the closing stages but still forged a clear third with some decent sorts well behind.
Just a short post today, apologies if you were expecting more. I suggest beans on toast for dinner, you can see how busy I am.
Roll those dice.