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Money in the Ayr ‘Bank?’
Romanor looks a solid each-way bet for a nine-runner ‘aged’ Maiden Stakes over a mile of ‘firm’ Bath today; ‘process of elimination’ determines at least five can’t win!
Bulk of professionals use this method when sorting out place doubles/trebles; of course it’s all about opinion but not rocket science deleting ‘no-hopers’ that can never win!
This is when one starts to pontificate about ‘why keep useless thoroughbreds in training, they cost just as much to keep as classic contenders?’
Mine is not to deliberate too long, after all cats and dogs are pets and they don’t provide subsequent income, just pleasure; that’s it, owners fall in love with racehorses but they cost at least £60 a day to maintain at an acceptable standard.
Likelihood is thrice-raced Romanor will ‘earn some keep’ but Ed Walker’s owner will only pocket about ‘two and a half grand’ if indeed this time-handicap selection prevails.
Ownership was getting expensive towards the end of my twenty years spell in the late ‘nineties’ since when ‘keep’ has soared; grade one racetracks remain playgrounds of the Arab owners and a few ‘silver spoons’, who aren’t keeping them polished!
Earlier an eight-race ‘good to firm’ Newbury programme includes an attempt by Many Waters to make it third time lucky in the 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs.
Many Waters has achieved good recent TH marks, hails from an in-form yard, Andrew Balding, and mount of Jamie Spencer; three boxes firmly ticked, eh?
No ‘cert’ by any means but Many Waters smacks of progression which Spencer can utilise by being positive; obviously fitness wont be at issue, never is with those trained at Kingsclere.
Ayr kicks-off its wonderful April ‘Grand National’ meeting and Nicky Henderson-trained Cheltenham fourth, Burbank, is reckoned a ‘special’ for the opening Novices’ Hurdle over two and a half miles; as ‘Snakebite’ says, ‘let’s get this party started’ with money from the ‘Bank!’
Jockey George Baker starts rehabilitation George Baker has left hospital and will continue his recovery from the head injury he sustained in a fall in February at a rehabilitation centre nearer to his home.
The jockey, who won the St Leger last September on Harbour Law, was riding Boomerang Bob for Jamie Osborne at St Moritz in Switzerland when the horse was brought down and fatally injured.
Baker was found to have suffered some bleeding in the brain following his fall and had been undergoing treatment in the Wellington Hospital in London.
However, the Injured Jockeys Fund has announced Baker has now been transferred to the Glenside Rehabilitation centre, Salisbury, which is nearer to his home. Baker was eager to thank hospital staff for their help in his recovery
He said: “The staff at The Wellington have been amazing. I arrived there on March 6 and they told my wife, Nicola, that I would be there for at least four months.
“Thanks to their support, I have made really good progress, have learnt to walk again and hope to get home in the next month or so. Everybody has been so kind, I am very grateful for all the good wishes I have received and I count myself really lucky.”
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Ayr, 11.10 Burbank • Newbury, 12.40 Many Waters (nap-e.w) • Bath, 4.30 Romanor (e.w).