Racing tip of the day
Our man Will Hayler may be lacking a spring in his step, but he's hoping Hayley Turner can give him some bounce later.
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Having completed my annual hour of exercise and staggered home in the York 10K yesterday, my knees are once again ruined this morning. Going downstairs can only be done backwards (not a pretty site) and it took me about five minutes to get into the car to get into the office.
This isn't how I'd hoped to be shaping up for my meeting later this evening when Hayley Turner rides Goldan Jess (a horse in whom I have a modest, but not that modest stake) at Carlisle as he bids to follow up his latest victory at Cartmel.
With Wet Wet Wet performing after racing, I somehow imagined I would be spending the evening boogieing away in celebration with Hayley after she brought our evergreen wonder home for a cosy half-length success. Not that she is - I suspect - a big Wet Wet Wet fan.
I'm not a massive fan of post-racing concerts (unless it's a band I like - unlikely, given my outdated tastes) but at least they help the traffic disperse more quickly. However if Jess can deliver the goods I'll stay for tonight and enjoy a few of the boys' hits again, despite having already heard most of them after racing at York last month.
I had two different dreams about Goldan Jess last night. In one he came third, in the other he was well beaten after being taken on the lead. That's about all of the form analysis I can offer, other than to say that he's fit, he's in great form and he's trying (and that's half of the battle for punters).
Instead in order to avoid any question of jinx, I'll look to Ripon for my idea of the best bet of the day. Out Do keeps running well this season and rattled home for fifth in the Sky Bet Dash at York nine days ago.
He's gone up in the weights without winning as a result of his fine run of form, which clearly isn't ideal, but the fact is that I can't see any of his rivals being able to run as well as he did in as hot a contest as his last race was. This is an easier event (illustrated by the fact that he carries top weight here) and it's high time he got his head in front. At 3/1, he looks a perfectly decent bet.