It’s the calm before the storm with the Derby and Oaks next weekend. Its been talked about by everyone so I thought I would save that till next week. By then we will have the definite runners, draw, ground and Jockey bookings, so we can get the microscope out.
A topic that came durning the week when I was doing ATR was Champion Apprentice. It’s way to early for the Jockeys to be thinking about it but, we could have a good ante-post bet. Tom Marquand, who was last years Champion Apprentice and is also favourite. He certainly has the ability but my only doubt is, will he get thrown as many his way when he loses his claim in 3-4 winners time?
Josephine Gordon is another with a good shout, I’d like to see her get some rides in bigger races. The last time I looked George Woods was around 8-1 and he seems the best value of all. For someone who is in their first season, he has been extremely impressive, 7lb is such a huge advantage, particularly in the big handicap. He’s very light and no doubt, his guvnor James Fanshawe with give him the support but will keep him grounded at the same time.