Friday, 16 September 2011

Return to Newmarket

Horses never seem to live up to their billing. Last week at Bath the hit rate was 50% one winner, one-second and one third out of six races. Today, it’s Newmarket that gets our attention.
Henry 11 was on his way to Wales to deal with Rhys ap Gruffydd in 1163 when he stayed in Clifford Castle, near Hay on Wye. There he happened on Rosamund Gifford and they became lovers.
Their affair became public knowledge in 1174 a couple of years before she died. Now whether or not horseracing was a diversionary tactic to take minds off the great “affairs” of state we’ll never know but what we do know is that racing dates back in Newmarket to the very same year, namely 1174.
It became a popular venue for James V1 of Scotland and James 1 of England; yes the same guy but two titles. He made his base in England when he got the two jobs.
He probably liked Newmarket because it was cold enough to 
remind him of his other Kingdom.
King Charles 1 took over from his dad and inaugurating the first cup race in 1634. He should have stayed with racing; better to loose your shirt than wear two when they’re about to chop off your head for being stubborn.
If you live in Newmarket the chances are you're connected with racing in one way or another. After all it is the town’s industry. Frankie Dettori lives in Newmarket; it’s the equivalent of living above the shop for him.
 Again remember the mantra over 7/1 and you should back the horse in a two-way bet.
As I'm posting these tips on Friday make sure before you place your bets tomorrow that the horse is still a runner and not withdrawn.
1.45         Epoque Henry Cecil has 2 winners and 2nd in this race previously and that's where my money is going but Gathering might be rest of a risk to the cautious [Epoque came third at 4/1]
2.20         Eight tipsters are going for Kyanight but Gallery or Lemon Rock are more interesting to me [Lemon Rock third at 11/1]
2.55         Is it Mehdi or Coupe De Ville it's the latter for me it's given me a return already this summer so I'll stay with it.
3.30         Mohanad a good e.w. at 14/1 but hard work required to beat favourite Palazzo Bianco
4.05         On her Way is a quirky filly but 11/1 Twin Soul might give a better return [Twin Soul third]
4.40         Invincible Hero will take a lot of beating Arabian Spirit likes the course although has not met  potential yet perhaps this is the day to do it
5.15         Picabo she's in form but Oneladyowner is an improving sprinter and has more to offer
Best of luck!

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