Many is the time, dear reader, when I've watched four runner races for valuable prize money and cursed people who don't enter their horses. Well, now the boot is finally on the other foot...
Yes, on Saturday at Cheltenham, in none other than the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle (previous winners include Black Jack Ketchum, Mighty Man and Lough Derg in recent seasons), my very own (in part) Night Orbit has been entered!
Let's be clear about a couple of things:
1. He is rated 38 pounds inferior to Zaynar, and probably has no chance of winning.
2. There is prize money down to 6th place, from a Â£42,500 race fund, and there are only eight entered - including one complete no hoper. If they all stand their ground (unlikely), we have to beat the plodder and one other.
3.Orbit will love the trip, ground, and stamina testing track, and he is a valiant battler. (His class is questionable, and it may be this that finds him out here... but we'll see!)
4. I'm gutted I can't be there to see it!
It's both exciting and tilting at windmills, but at least I'll be able to say we didn't leave the prize money on the table...
Moving on, and a quick word on Mick Kinane, who announced his retirement today. After many westward ho! wagers as a result of Kinane's misjudgments at the Breeders Cup over the years, I'm not a fan. But... his riding of Sea The Stars this season was impeccable, especially in the Arc where his rivals (human and equine) did everything they could to make it difficult for him.
I salute him for that. And I salute him for his longevity - over thirty years at the top is hugely impressive. And, finally, I salute him for having the good sense to quit after what may well be his crowning achievement with Sea The Stars. Off to stud you go, Mick. Well done, even if you weren't always in my corner.
Betfair Renegade update:
another water treading experience today - three winners and a 2/1 loser putting us exactly where we started the day:
Overall stats look like this:
|Total win odds||37.27|
|Av Win Odds||3.388182|
Tomorrow, there's a lot of potential action so we should break the stasis, one way or the other!