The ice, the cold, it bites at your skin… trees are frozen, still statues, alien to their swaying past. The act of freezing, the temporary suspension of life.
Everything is so beautiful in the morning, all is white. Crystal formation on twigs, hazy freezing fog hugging the earth, the sound deafened to a whisper, life exists but only beyond vision, masked by the blanket of cold. I love it.
Racing fixtures are being abandoned to mother nature. A shame, there were a couple I fancied at Leicester today.
It is a shame to see Kauto Star’gate’ continuing in such public fashion. Surely the parties involved could act with a bit more class. If you are able in life to accept that you are wrong a lot of the time then confrontation diminishes. If you can accept no thing, please leave, your sort is not welcome here.
Gowran Park Tips – Thursday
The opener is a juvenile contest in which all attention will be on my tip, the Mullins trained Dougal Philps. No market is open yet, bar Betfair of course which suggests 5/4. That would be generous as I think this is a weak field and this selection is in the right hands. His Ballinrobe flat form is average but nothing has much better. Well placed I suspect even though it is hard to be majorly enthusiastic about any three year old tackling hurdles.
Upazo and Umpact are the two that will surely between them produce the winner. Mullins is obviously going to be the favoured trainer for this race. So Young the half brother to Upazo is a good advert for the 1/2 favourite who won a nice bumper . Umpact also won a nice race in similar French conditions and the placed horses have done just as much to advertise the quality. On balance 2/1 Umpact gets my nod.
Misca Musca and Treat Yourself seem the two to concentrate on as they both seem on the upgrade with last time out wins. I tip the latter on the basis of jockey prowess with Davy Russell, one of the best, riding with a 25% yard strike rate – That surely suggests the best part of a stone increase since Treat Yourself won might not be enough to stop the horse.
In the 2.05, again there are two clear market principles to try and differentiate. Mozoltov is going to be a warm order for Mullins having placed in Grade 1 bumper company. However, Sizing Gold, gets the Majors tip after some highly useful placed form behind the exciting Don Cossack. Experience of hurdling will be a massive plus so the current 11/8 is fine.
The 2.35 looks a tough call between Lough Roe Lady and Sherika with the former looking good to go in again with extra distance a plus.
One of the most painful horses to follow in racing runs in the penultimate race. Champagne Agent deserves a win and this looks the easiest chance yet.
I literally have no view on the bumper.
I am aware that these Gowran Park selections are all short prices. That is unusual for the Major but I suggest a number of multiples to spice it up for you.
Courage, roll those dice.