Tanya's Blog - June 2015
How many times have you been racing having had a bet before arriving or during the day and, result aside, ended up saying, what if, if only, couldn’t they just, wouldn’t it be better ….
Well this week the BHA offered up the chance for you all to have a voice and please, please don’t waste it. They have instigated the Bettors Forum, and are receiving applications to be on the Forum now. If you think you could assist with your constructive expertise or have any innovative ideas and feedback, don’t hold back and apply to BettingForum@britishhorseracing.com
At the very least be at the ready with your thoughts and ideas as I’m sure the Racegoers Club would be an ideal medium to put forward such to the Forum.
The creation of this Forum is fantastic news as it is extremely important that you the faithful, have a voice. The sport is in danger of presuming what you would like rather than asking. The industry faces so much competition and betting turnover needs to be upheld and grown for the furtherment of the sport. The best way to do that is to reach out to you.
On the same note there are other reviews in motion, in April the BHA launched its review into the jumps while for the betting connoisseurs and real anoraks like myself the Starting Price Regulatory Commission has announced a consultation which may be worth checking out and being part of via their website.
This is a great chance to be involved in the sport you are devoted to rather than sitting back, don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.
I find because of the above and the constant fun to write about on the racecourses the letters are wearing away from the keys on the laptop keyboard. I have given them a rest the last couple of days and instead spooled through all the races of Royal Ascot to eek out the unlucky horses or just down right brilliant ones to follow next time and have come up with the following.
From Tuesday in the Coventry Stakes Age Of Empire initially looked overawed by the whole race until gently running on late and then in the Windsor Castle Stakes if you get the chance check out Opal Tiara who ran a blinder in seventh and can surely find the winners enclosure soon.
Wednesday and the laws of gravity were contradicted when Sir Isaac Newton couldn’t find a way through to win the Jersey Stakes. We all watched The Grey Gatsby hard luck story but spare a thought for Balty Boys in the Royal Hunt Cup beaten by the draw and surely Speculative Bid signalled that with a clear run he can win the Bunbury Cup. While there can be no tougher horse than Bronze Angel who could win a third Cambridgeshire.
Thursday belonged to Time Test who will go to France to plunder the Euros while Maftool never got a mention despite his trial and tribulations in running. Kingfisher was denied any sort of luck in the Gold Cup and will probably gain compensation at Newmarket’s July meeting.
Ervedya is my hero, simply superb in the Coronation on Friday I’ll keep following her progress. Bantry Bay, Tommy Doc and Famous Kid should all be winning soon.
Then on Saturday Undrafted defeated Brazen Beau in the Diamond Jubilee, I can’t wait for the rematch in the July Cup though I think the result will be the same.
Before we spill into July there is the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and I can’t wait to get to Gosforth Park, I love the atmosphere, the race and the whole meeting. Not that I can find the winner, but I do believe that either Max Dynamite or Nearly Caught should go close. Meanwhile at the Curragh Jack Hobbs could continue a stupendous season for John Gosden by winning the Irish Derby that evening.
Next week is the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, fingers crossed we see Derby winner Golden Horn take his chance what a spectacle that will be especially as he has a likely French challenger in Prix Du Jockey Club winner New Bay.
All eyes will then be on Newmarket’s picturesque July course with me honing in on Speculative Bid and Undrafted in the Bunbury Cup and July Cup which I’ve already mentioned. And could there really be a possibility either Bawina or Ervedya will run in the Falmouth Stakes, both are awesome and either would be a strong selection from yours truly.
On to the King George and if this warm weather continues surely Flintshire has to come into calculations.
Then it’s time to get the gladrags out and don the hats as it’s Goodwood and in the Sussex Stakes a possible battle between Solow and Gleneagles. Can’t wait.