No excuses from our resident tipster, Scoop Racing (Richard Silverwood), for yesterday’s disappointing selection. Here’s hoping he can get back on track at Newbury today.
Wednesday January 16
Newbury 1.20 WIN
As if he didn’t suffer enough misfortune during an incredibly unlucky novice hurdling campaign last season, along came more, and in spades, on the chasing debut of Philip Hobbs’s seven-year-old son of Old Vic here at Newbury just after Christmas. He hit the first fence so hard that the saddle slipped, forcing Tony McCoy to work miracles to stay on board, never mind ride a proper race. Somehow, he still finished second in a warm contest and is chasing compensation this afternoon. I am under no illusions that he faces two potentially high-class rivals in Paul Nicholls’s French import, Fago, and The Queen’s Open Hearted. But this is a horse who finished second in a couple of Grade Ones last term and posted form of such calibre that it persuaded JP MvManus to buy him just before the Cheltenham Festival. He has the talent to start turning round his bad luck.
TUESDAY: LORD TOMNODDY 3RD (last)
MONDAY: VALDEZ WON
SUNDAY: CORRIN WOOD 3RD
SATURDAY: DURSEY SOUND PULLED UP
FRIDAY: COUNSEL WON
THURSDAY: ONLY ORSENFOOLSIES WON (11/2)
WEDNESDAY; ELEVEN FIFTY NINE WON
TUESDAY: SHANGANI 3RD
MONDAY: SOUND INVESTMENT WON
TIP OF THE DAY SUPPLIED BY SCOOP RACING (RICHARD SILVERWOOD).