A New Horse…

Short post today. I blame the nights drawing in. And the boy not sleeping. As a consequence of the latter, I’m up an hour late, and as a consequence of the former, the first race at Sandown – where I’m headed – is slated for 12.35.

But there is still a good bit to share. News of a new horse, running today. And a competition. Plus why on earth am I goofing off at Sandown anyway?

Let’s start with the horse.

The New Horse...

The New Horse…

I was approached through a friend – Tony Stafford, your Sunday Supplementer, no less – about getting involved in a new nag. It was an interesting and cost-effective proposition, and I watched her in her first run for her new stable seventeen days ago.

That was a two mile juvenile novice hurdle, on heavy ground. She was third, beaten eight lengths. And she failed to comfortably clear a single timber obstacle.

Previously, in Ireland, she’d been trained by a fellow called John Joseph Murphy, and campaigned at between five and nine furlongs. She even won at a mile.

But her new trainer, Noel Quinlan, feels she needs much further. In fact, he thinks Slipper Satin (4.30 Wolverhampton) will be better over further than the mile and a half she races this afternoon.

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Despite that, she is expected to improve a fair bit on her Irish mile form and, if she does, she ought to have a good chance. She’s 7/1 just now, and I’m on for the Christmas expenses.

My ownership only extends to a quarter, and I share that with ‘Councillor’ Jim Cannon, who some of you current or former geegeez syndicate members know. She runs in the geegeez colours today and, while I’m very hopeful of a decent run, it’s a race full of if’s and but’s.

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Slipper Satin’s chance is somewhat improved by the fact that I can’t be at Wolverhampton today. As seems to usually be the way, the geegeez horses run best when I’m elsewhere, and I committed some weeks ago to a Christmas booze up meeting with some of my colleagues in the business.

So this afternoon, I’ll be in the restaurant at Sandown drinking discussing ideas with the likes of Darren Power of Bet School, Michael Wilding from Race Advisor, the Agora boys, Matt Watson, Nick and Andrew from Cleeve, and – I think – Matt Nesbitt from Oxfordshire Press.

Yes, we should get very drunk lots of inspiration this afternoon!

I’ll try and get a picture of this most roguish of rogue’s galleries… if I remember!

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Now then, we’ve another competition running on geegeez just now, which is based on Sunday’s UK racing. There are two meetings, one at Kelso and one at Warwick, and your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to predict the total winning distances from the fourteen races hosted at those two tracks on Sunday.

If you’re closest, you’ll win all – or a share, in the unlikely event of a tie – of the £100 free bet pot up for grabs.

It’s a simple enough competition, and doesn’t really require a lot of skill. Just think of a number, and enter it here.

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And finally, thank you very much to the almost 500 new subscribers who worked through the registration process in the last couple of days. A few of you – and it was only a few in the grand scheme of things – had issues, with which Chris and I are doing what we can to assist. We will, or perhaps today I should say, Chris will, continue to help.

But do please bear with us. And thanks again for taking time to be a registered member of your geegeez community.

I’ll be back tomorrow with all the weekend specials news. In the meantime, have a great Friday, cheer on Slipper Satin, and enter that compy!

Oh, and if anyone has a good hangover remedy, leave a comment in the box below. 😉

Matt

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