Yeats Day @ Ascot and a little grubby call to “Post ya bets!”
I am going to have a rest today from Ascot. Of course it is all about the Gold Cup and Yeats’s attempt to lift an historic fourth victory over the mammoth 2 and half mile trip. We all know the stories about his life and times and that of Geordieland who, having been called all manner of things canine in the past, has recently overcome his apparent hesitancy in overtaking the last rival in the home stretch – perhaps he thought he was playing football… Then we have Patkai, the new pretender to the throne, but when all is said and done, none of them can match Yeats’s record over the trip and with less miles on the clock than some of his 8yo rivals I can’t see why he shouldn’t return to his imperious best this afternoon.
The market for the colour of the Queen’s hat has been formed around green @ 6/4, probably in a nod to the Irish writer’s bid. Can we rely on her Maj to deliver at such short odds or will she turn herself over and turn up in a blue one? Do I care? Not much. Except that, apart from the GC, it looks one of the easier puzzles on offer this afternoon. I am not a great one for big handicaps so I wish all of you playing those today the best of luck in running and the draw! On the matter of betting I read a joke this week that asked:
“Do the Royal Family bet at Ascot?”
“Only on the colour of the Queen’s hat and they claim that back on expenses…”
Tonight we have the inaugural meeting of Ffos Las, the new Welsh racecourse, sold out in advance! I am sure it will last longer than the ill-fated Great Leighs, having borrowed only £4 million for the whole endeavour from the Levy Board over 7 years interest-free, to build the main stand. Good luck in the first to AP McCoy on Ffos Las Diamond (owned by the gent who owns the track) and then again to AP on the heavy-topped Danehill Willy who started life as a sprinter(ish) winning at the July Meeting a few years ago and now making his debut over fences for the Welsh trainer Evan Williams. The Welsh training contigent are well represented tonight and you cannot help but hope that the likes of Williams, Alison Thorpe and Peter Bowen have a cracking night. There is also an Irish raider worth looking out for from Michael Hourigan’s yard – Turf War in the 6.50.
The last two days have seen me hitting the bar in betting terms. I’ve made a profit, but I’ve missed the big payouts. On Day 1 I had Paco Boy, Scenic Blast, Judgethemoment (because of the early money) and Delegator! Delegator’s neck second cost me about £150 in the Unlucky 15. Then yesterday I did this:
Sorry the quality is not so clear. I think I’ve earned a rest! Back tomorrow…