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Hoof It

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  • 1150: Not for the first time it seems I may be wrong. There’s an infectious enthusiasm for Twirl here at York – and in the betting market too it seems. She’s now odds-on in several places and you won’t beat even money.

    1145: Bear isn’t playing games and says: “Forget about Hoof It- it will need the run. Mayson is a certainty to complete quick fire hat-trick.”

    Well B I too expect Mayson to win given he arrives here cherry-ripe and in peak form.

    1140: Now now Rich Lynn who says: “Hey Dave, don’t worry about Tatlisu. Fahey has put his charity bet on it. He hasn’t won a single one yet. A cynic might say he uses it to divert attention from the real fancied ones bearing in mind he’s had plenty of winners running on the same day as these ‘bankers’. lol!”

    I can assure you the great man is tearing his hair out (not literally) at the run of the charity bet. He has raised £100 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance so far…a figure worryingly close the one I managed at last year’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Festival.

    Area Fifty One potentially interesting for’Mr F in the opener. I’ve backed Gatewood and think Labarinto will run well too.

    1130: Four non-runners this far – and for Roger Charlton in the Duke Of York…and then there were none. Definightly out because of the drying ground.

    1125: I’m going to have to plead the fifth to Jason Barbour who asks: “What is your opinion on the draw for today’s races on the straight course? Shropshire for’me in the 2.00 ew”

    It’s very hard to know nowadays JB – which I know is of no use whatsoever. Shropshire must have a huge chance but I was quite taken with Dickie’s Lad on his return at Chester where he had no luck. He’s my guess. But I stress the word guess.

    1120: Aiden O’Leary is in one of the great cities – Dublin. He says: “Just keeping an eye on your excellent commentary as per usual today. Perhaps there will be some strange goings on in Area Fifty One today in the 1:30 and hopefully York Glory will make a glorious day for York! How is the weather there now?”

    Like that AO! It’s clouded over a little here now and is a little chilly but no sign of rain. It remains a raceourse that demans the highest of standards. Just been speaking to Will Hayler, formerly of these parts and now of the Guardian, on the lawn outside. A steward wandered over and made it very clear he had to put a tie on or leave. There was no stand-off but just a warning shot across the bow.

    1110: Lovely to have Jen From BSE back after a “technical” issue. She says: “I have just discovered why my Guineas emails never reached you. When you click on the link it tries to send to rather than .com a task for the technical department I think. In view of the lost wisdom, when my selections were truly awful, I think it only fair to suggest a live blog from Southwell. If you type Southwold into the Sat Nav in “error” you will find yourself at the home of Adnams, it has to be worth a try!

    “For’me it is all about Twirl today, she was the one 2 year old that really took my eye last season. A very respectable 2nd behind Chrysanthemum and a long way in front of Homecoming Queen last time, the trip is ideal, she out-class her rivals and is being backed as though defeat is not on the radar. While I suspect the Oaks trip maybe beyond her stamina there will be tears before bedtime if she fails today. Do try to concentrate on matters equine!”

    I will Jen – and the email link should now be fixed. I’d like to blame the IT team but can’t…it’s a mix-up involving Ben Linfoot and myself. As he’s on holiday I’ll blame Scoop.

    1100: Ah, great to have Falbrav with us. He writes: “Tis dry in York but cold and damp in Heidiland. However, the good news is that 1.5 days of public holiday begin in precisely one hour. So, I can grab a quick drink before heading home to watch Channel 4 and top up my liquid intake with semi-fermented apfelsaft. I don’t like to get too heavily involved at this stage of the season so I have just done a win L15 and each way acca on the following: 1.30 Labarinto2.00 Baby Strange2.30 The Fugue 3.00 Mayson I have low expectations so cannot be disappointed! Great to have you back blogging and I wish you financial success…especially with The Fugue!”

    1050: Rich Williams says: “Hope you are well – looking at the big sprint day, I can’t quite believe The Cheka is double the price of Mayson – he beat him comfortably in the Cammidge, and Mayson has duly upheld that form by winning twice since – Hoof It runs FTO and ground may be a little too soft for him, although he has won on similar before – looks a terrific race with a few other high class sprinters (Society Rock, Libranno, Sirius Prospect to name but a few). The Cheka for’me however, think he has a best of the draw too.”

    Sound reasoning RW. I fancy Mayson but you can certainly argue wherever he finishes, The Cheka has to be thereabouts.

    1040: Bootiful email from Brownie who writes: “Morning Dave, thoughts of your modeling career, i.e. “Chef carrying a Turkey” immediately draws comparisons to a young, ambitious and equallydashing Bernard Matthews, is he a hero of yours?

    “Anyway, talking of “Beautiful’, lovely to see the action is back underway at the Knavesmere, you wont find a better track anywhere!

    “I’ve had Hoof It early doors last week at 5′s in the Sprint, and Twirl should sluce up to confirm the heavy support of this mornings in the Oaks trial. Will be a watching day on the whole for’me today, the sun is out, looking forward to it.”

    Never a fan of B Mathews or his twizzlers Brownie lad. And I thought I’d made it clear The Fugue wins the Musidora? You can’t help some people…

    1030: A very good morning to Andy Kay who says: “Had a decent bet on Hoof It today but I am intrigued by his trainer sending the unraced Hoofalong to start his career in the 4.10. He’s the only unraced horse in the race and it seems an interesting place to start bearing in mind connections. The 25-1 has tempted’me to throw a speculative few quid it’s way.”

    Certainly interesting that he runs here AK – the two-year-old that is. But looks a warm race. Check out Richard Fahey’s verdict on the race, he’s certainly sweet on Tatlisu in there.

    On the subject of Hoof It anyone else surprised to see Kieren Fallon given the elbow? Did precious little wrong on the horse for’me.

    1022: Remarkaby the photo shoot is continuing. Make-up is being applied to the female models but bearded man remains a lone wolf. So true in normal life too.

    1020: I fully expect The Fugue to win the Musidora today – comfortably – and to be cut for the Investec Oaks. Twirl has plenty of talent but may not be the most straightforward.

    1015: A new addition to the track is an orange wind sock by the furlong marker. It’s fluttering into life and seems to be suggesting a gentle cross-breeze.

    1000: A good and glorious morning from York where the ground has dried out to good for the opening day of the Dante Festival. We a love a Festival in the great game. The track looks in wonderful nick and a dry day is forecast.

    Forgive’me if I seem distracted but a photo shoot is taking place in front of the press room involving models, carnival horses and striped poles. Most red-blooded males would be in their element but I just want to ask the bearded male model how he wears a maroon suit with the prevalent danger of beard dandruff. Don’t think he’s a man’s man though, he’s draped in a blanket between shoots.

    As ever all your emails are positively encouraged to [email protected]. This modelling game has changed since my triumphant appearance in the 2000 Women And Home Christmas Special (chef carrying turkey). They’re positively mollycoddled these days.

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