There has been strong support for CRITICAL THINKING in the
15:00 32RedSport.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes at
Lingfield. Julia Fielden’s 3yo was last seen finishing a
close 2nd at the course over 7 furlongs seven days ago.
Stepping up to 1m2f today, the mount of Shelley Birkett has
been backed in from as big as 18/1 with one bookmaker to as
short as 13/2 in places.
Money has come in for 3yo VAN VELDE in the 18:15 Betway Best
Odds Guaranteed Plus Maiden Stakes at Newcastle. The John
Quinn-trained runner is a half-brother to 7f Group 3 winner
Moonstone Majic. Van Velde has been backed from an opening
5/1 this morning to 2/1 with one bookmaker on Oddschecker.
The current second favourite has accounted for almost 34% of
bets placed on the race via Oddschecker.
Colin Tizzard must feel as though he is living a fairytale
he must smile every time he looks out the window to his
stables or watches the gallops. Success is something to
enjoy. Indeed, my once upon a time is now at the brink of
a happily ever after. Twenty years with Channel 4 Racing
and near forty years in guises from just going racing,
working for and as a bookmaker, sending betting shows to
betting shops for SIS, writing for the Racing Post and the
Daily Record, as well as many other extra curricula
activities on various committees regarding betting and
racing oh it has been so rewarding and so much fun, but
it’s time to reclaim some anonymity, while facing exciting
new challenges outside of racing.
Thank you for having me, a near 20 years for Channel 4
Racing, 15 of them in vision, it’s been fantastic. As
one of many kind messages sent to me stated, it’s been a
great innings! Now time to walk away from the crease and
back to the pavilion with many treasured memories and a life
enriched by all the characters met along the way. But it
is the horses that come first, what a privilege to say I was
there on many historic occasions for racing.
Fresh from a really dramatic, thrilling, exhilarating and
exciting two days at Epsom, I can wait for what’s in store
at Royal Ascot. Epsom on Friday was freezing, well below
normal June temperatures and I’m sure a cold is in the
offing with me being foolhardy enough to wear a flimsy
jacket. I was determined to uphold the Ladies Day smart
The expectation surrounding Midterm is immense, arguably in
part it has compressed his odds for the Dante and Derby.
There is so much dissatisfaction surrounding how the Oaks
and Derby Trials have played out and yet for me, there are
clues galore and plenty of ‘if only’ scenarios...
The words “that’s unlikely to happen” are hardly going
to carry weight at present with LeicesterCity sitting top of
the Premiership. Worth bearing in mind despite all the hot
pots amidst the 28 Cheltenham Festival races, there are
bound to be improbable eventualities that secure dreams