Nothing specific to write about today, dear reader, but I did want to take the opportunity to catch up on a few things, and keep you appraised of what's next...
Flat Racing Profiles, which has had an expectedly quiet start, due to the season still being in it's infancy, got off the mark yesterday at Beverley.
From next week, there will be much more action as the evening racing season kicks in and, now that many of the horses have a run under their belt, I expect things to really pick up for us.
A couple of horses to note from yesterday's racing at Beverley were Rowan Lodge and Bajan Pride. These two finished first and second respectively in a lowly seller, but it should be noted the winner was drawn 1 of 17, and the 2nd horse was drawn 5. Given that the next SIX home were drawn 13, 17, 12, 16, 15, 14 (i.e. the top six boxes), it is safe to assume that the winner was value for more than just the winning margin!
Now, please remember, this was selling race form, so don't expect Rowan to go and win a Group race. But in a Class5 Handicap, a claimer, or a seller, he looks a strong contender to follow up. Bajan Pride should also be noted next time, especially if the draw is more favourable (he is actually entered at Wolverhampton on 20th April, but I'm not certain the track suits - I'd wait for his next turf run).
Over at Newmarket, the Craven meeting is in full swing, and there were some nice performances yesterday, notably from the filly Fantasia. It should be said that she beat a bunch of mostly moderate handicappers, but a seven length win is not to be sniffed at.
Ouqba, a decent 2yo, looks to have trained on as well for the previously mentioned hot hot hot Barry Hills stable, and readily put his adversaries to the sword in the European Free Handicap. I'm not at all sure he can win a Guineas, but he looks a decent sort for a race like the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Today, they race in the Wood Ditton, a 3yo maiden for horses who've yet to race. There is the usual parade of late developing blue bloods here, and a watching brief is recommended. Some very nice animals will improve for their run in here today...
Meanwhile, over at Laying System, April has been a remarkable month to date, with a profit of 40 points thus far. I do expect a correction some time soon, as this is the nature of the game, but we will continue to make hay while the sun shines. If you want to trial it, click here. (Note, we lay horses at up to 14/1, so you need a bank and some discipline to make this professional laying service work for you - it is NOT for everyone!).
Finally, it's Thursday, so it must be Thursday Fun... I've had the pleasure of my 11 year old niece staying with me for the last couple of days, and she's dragged me to all sorts of places I wouldn't normally go (Primark on Oxford Street being a particularly painful experience!).
However, we also went to London Zoo, which was (and always is) fantastic, so here are a few creature comfort moments to hopefully make you chuckle:
'Zoos are a bit like nursing homes for poor animals...!'