Tanya's Blog - August 2014
Blessed, that’s what we are this year with the Classic crop, but because the sport is so crowded there is no time to bask in the glory of their achievements...
Taghrooda was simply spectacular in the King George. She created history yet after her allotted five minutes of fame it was time to hurry on to the next race. There should, in my opinion, and I’m obviously wrong as there was no public outcry, have been a continuous update of her leaving the course, arriving back at the stable and where next, who she’ll meet. I’m going overboard but you know what I mean.
By the time you read this Glorious Goodwood and Galway will be coming to a close, the pair are a rarity in that they are one of racing’s perfect marriages, complimenting each other rather than clashing.
On Wednesday it was the turn of Kingman to reign supreme in the Qipco Sussex Stakes. He was imperious, domineering, and there was this arrogant expectancy from us all that he should win. Nothing to detract from Toronado, but the urgency to hail a new champion was evident. Hold on, what about Taghrooda? She only ran on Saturday! Then there is Australia, he seems to have been totally forgotten.
There is a slim chance we’ll see Australia and Taghrooda at York’s Ebor Meeting, four days which nestle nicely towards the end of August. Yes, Goodwood has crossed us from July into August and the year is steaming along - in only two months the doors of Cheltenham will be prized open!
Back to Goodwood, thank goodness I have sun cream in the car! Best investment for this summer, and of course water, as the sun has been particularly fierce. A nightmare for groundstaff and clerks of the course. The weather has at times been unpredictable. For example flash floods and 27mm of rain in Brighton on Monday, yet just a few miles away none. However, it seems Noah may be ready to build the Ark if Saturday’s forecast is proved correct. Even if the downpour isn’t that severe it may be prudent to take note as it will have a huge effect on the ground, which has been parched but for the meticulous watering.
If it does deteriorate beyond good and into the soft zone, then it will be tricky in the 32Red Cup (Stewards’ Cup) for Muthmir and I’d be looking to Ninjago, Intibaah and Fairway To Heaven for the winner. But then there is the draw…stop, stop, I’m making things too complicated!
On to the Nassau Stakes, bad luck for connections that Thistle Birdmisses the chance to avenge last year’s defeat. Alain De Royer-Dupre will be hoping the rain does materialise for Narniyn, who runs in nothing but soft in France. Don’t worry about her fourth last time - that was against the boys in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud behindSpiritjim and Noble Mission.
Not wanting to wish my life away but I have to acknowledge how well the story for next year’s Classics has been developing. Highland Reel raced straight into Derby favouritism in Goodwood’s Vintage Stakes; I liked him. But there is a respect I give to Jamaica,Estidhkaar, East India and Ivawood who is about to run in the Richmond at the time I typed this so I didn’t know his fate.
I have the next two Saturday’s off from Channel 4 Racing, time to go racing and enjoy it, time to collate stats and also time to sneak in a few visits to my beloved cinema. However seeing as it is the school holidays I doubt there’ll be too many films for me to watch, so there’ll be more racecourse visits than cinema.
I return to the Knavesmire for York’s Ebor Meeting, four days of fun and frolics, plus awesome racing in the most ferocious betting ring in the country. The betting rings have been feeling sorry for themselves of late. There is more and more evidence that a cashless society is taking it’s toll and the generation that are coming through the turnstiles more and more are accustomed to gaining everything they need and want via their mobiles or iPads so there is no need to go to their pocket pull out cash and go into the betting ring and have a bet.
Many of you continue to approach me about bookmakers betting 1/5 on 16-21 runner handicaps, and I hear you. If only they’d realise that we can all get ¼ before coming racing or via our mobile devices!
It would be a dream if we did see Australia in the Juddmonte orTaghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks, fingers crossed. Then Sole Power and Slade Power have been dominating the sprinting division and we love it even more when the connections are so enthusiastic! It will be Sole Power’s turn to win the Nunthorpe, a race he claimed when unheralded back in 2010 at 100-1. If only we knew then what we know now! Tiggy Wiggy, Undrafted and Cougar Mountain are all intriguing potential opponents. Wherever the latter appears next I want to be on!
Then the Ebor and it is fitting Sir Mark Prescott should have the favourite in Pallasator, rewarded with his Ascot win after a valiant effort in the Old Newton Cup. Yet the horse is so big he needs to start winding up his run as they head into the straight. I haven’t given up on Clever Cookie yet. I thought his run in the John Smith’s Cup was the ideal pointer to this.
There you go - I think I have covered most bases! Next time I write it will be with Haydock, Slade Power and Doncaster’s Ladbrokes St Leger meeting in mind. Enjoy the weather and the sport and may you have plenty of winners!