Good morning, a late morning from the Major who writes from a glorious Worcestershire scene with a blinding brightness drowning all colours.
The Major is jaded after a long day yesterday that extended late into the night and has left me exhausted. Following the efforts of this week, you will forgive a brief post only. This is not just because I am generally tired, I think I am also suffering punting fatigue. The emotions of the week.
Nothing went right on Friday. I found very few people with winners, glum faces contrasted a stunning day. Tammys Hill, not exactly a popular 15/2 shot was the only winner returning an SP less than 10/1. I think it is fair to say that we left all of our ammunition in the bookmakers satchels.
The Gold Cup looked at one moment like it might change the direction of fortunes. Silvi arrived and crossed the last with every chance and then emptied abruptly to not place, I have not yet seen if something went wrong or whether he is just a non stayer.
As a completely impartial observer, I was quite surprised that Lord Windemere kept the race. I thought he drifted markedly causing interference to On His Own and the winning distance being so slender… I guess it would have been a ballsy call to change the result of a Gold Cup in the Stewards Room…. That said, I was delighted for Iron Lung Russell whose hard work deserves such a win in a year where he lost his top job at Gigginstown. They had a great day, 4 winners…. wow.
Where did that resurgence to form for Lord Windemere come from? I don’t think I could have ever come to the conclusion that he was the winner of the Gold Cup.
I may well try to write a Cheltenham wrap up in the coming week. Review the key races and have a look at what we can take out of them. For now, I am going to point out a couple of horses that stand out, a couple of football results I like the look of… then I am done.
Saturday Racing Thoughts
I am putting these out, then I am sealing Cheltenham shut in a container marked HAZARDOUS and going for some sleep.
Tatting is a massive 20/1 shot tonight in the 8.10 at Wolverhampton. This is a step up in class but these are the ideal conditions for the horse.
Jonjo O’Neill has had a great week and maybe he can win the Silver Plate at Kempton (2.55) with AP onboard Another Hero at 9/1.
I find it odd that the classy Harry Topper skipped Cheltenham for Uttoxeter because of the drying ground. I am not sure he will get it much softer in the Midlands so will avoid him but do so hesitantly. The Midlands National usually goes to a horse with a featherweight and so the presence of Harry Topper who puts half of the field out of the handicap complicates things. The one I don’t think will mind conditions, has the light weight, has the better form in his history and seems to be coming back is…. 25/1 Bradley.
That makes for a nice Martin Hill trixie placed each way. If we make the hat-trick (last two weeks came in) there will be scenes.
In the football, Southampton 8/13 are a must in the accas… Wigan are 15/8 to win at Ipswich, have a slice… I think Newcastle at Fulham at 17/10 is also a bet.
I hope your dinner is pleasant enough, simple and home-made, good bread.
Courage and roll the dice.