Friday, July 15, 2011

Into the Week-end

On a roll right now as Secrecy won. Hoping that the momentum continues during the week-end.

It's been more miss than hit for Godolphin since the start of the season, but their horses seem to have picked up in the last couple of days. On Saturday, quite a few of their well-breds will make their debut and it will be important to check the money movers, or on which of their horses money is pouring in.

In the 19:10 race at Haydock, they are doubly-represented by Pembrey and Double Pass, who were multi-million dollar yearling purchases. If these nicely-bred colts are fully fit, they should be at the finish. If market vibes are strong, I would recommend going for both each-way as long as the returns are positive if one of them wins.

The first race at Newmarket sees the market favouring Diamonhead, a colt from the Brian Meehan stable that was unlucky on his debut when denied a clear path at the finish to finish third. He's the horse to beat in this race and Grizzly, a Shamardal newcomer from Godolphin should be his main rival. While Diamondhead should probably win this race, the question mark regarding the abilities of Grizzly makes me recommend Diamondhead as a Place.

The first race at Ripon is an opportunity for First Bid to re-visit the winner's circle. This is a sellers' race, so all the horses are exposed. First Bid is the only one to have ever won, and with a 72-rating and 32 days of rest from his last race, he seems ripe to be in the first 3. I recommend him as a Place.

A few more ramblings in the world of football where Barcelona are yet again clamoring for the return of Fabregas through the press. Wenger is right to ask for Respect. Barcelona are a great team full of great players, but for the past 3 years, they have been utterly class-less in the pursuit of the Arsenal captain. Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Pique are all super players, but they stoop low, along with their current President, when they keep on with their customary tune of "Cesc wants back". Let him go back and destroy the team spirit and system over there, now that would be ironic. Not that this is likely to happen, but their incessant mutterings are just class-less. I wonder how real Arsenal fans think about this. I admire Barcelona, but enough is enough.

The other irony is the only Barcelona player that has not been savagely calling for Fabregas is Sergio Busquets, Mr Class-less (on the field) himself. Because, you see, Cesc will probably end up taking his spot!

The British Open looks to be a close contest. Looks like Sunday will be witness to a thrilling finish.

Each-way: Pembrey/Double Pass
Place: Diamondhead, First Bid

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