Good evening from the Major who is horizontal in the hope of a swift recovery for an injured knee. The mind is unaffected and the sharp sense of adventure leads me to a foray into the Tuesday cards… saddle up young follower, your charger carries your sheepskin, the leathers are clean, your tunic red, bright and pristine; your sabre shining as ready for parade. To the cards and the riches, fortunes and mysteries of a new day.
It is nice when the clocks go back and the evening meets come thick and fast. Denizens of our creed of gambling men know I prefer the national hunt season but watching the 7.50 from a sun bathed Windsor tonight, one was struck by how simple it would be to sit at one of those tables on the trackside and enjoy a nice Sancerre as the sun sets and one of those Berkshire strumpets tends to wanton fun with a look of utter nothingness in her wonderfully vacant eyes.
None of that has anything to do with the winner of the 7pm at Bath tomorrow night. Although I hope the good citizens of Bath have the weather too as well as the strumpets.
Fantasy Fry is the 13/2 selection. I like the fact it is more certain to act on the ground than many. I also like the fact it is the only one in the field with a course win. There are some tracks where that is important. Cheltenham, Southwell and Bath being some. The extended 5f sprint at Bath can be carnage. A downhill stretch some on a camber, a tight left hand bend a furlong and a half from home and an uphill finish, I like horses that have proven they can handle it.
Hoof It at 4/1 is a cracking bet. In a field of monkeys, this is the potential improver. Not many are guaranteed to like conditions, this one seems to like a bit of rattle under his feet. Fallon booked for a second time, get stuck in, load the thunderous cannon, let it boom, let it boom!
American Trilogy is the forecast favourite and while Fontwell is a left handed track which will suit his sometimes violent digressions to the left when jumping obstacles, I think his tendencies hides deeper issues – For the Major one to watch.
Fruity O Rooney is being asked to shoulder a fair old burden. Reliable.
Swansbrook won an easy return to action, as you would expect him to and with that confidence booster under his belt, I put it to you that he is the likeliest sort.
Seven bets to cover Fantasy Fry, Hoof It and Swansbrook in singles, doubles and a treble? You know what Jesus would do.
I have a few days worth of bets to add to the records, forgive the sloppiness.