12 January 2018

Bit of run of seconds of late, after a really good start to the year.  Two seconds yesterday , they were just beaten by better horses.

Todays Free tips are as follows:

Horse: Early Morning

Time: 2:20 Lingfield

Current Odds: 7/1 ew

In a competitive handicap, my selection has solid each way claims, he is 2-2 on the track , likes 7f and his jockey has won on him before.  He has gone up a bit from last time in the weights, and did run ok in France on his last run.  Of rivals, Mysitique Moon should come on for his last run, it was after a bit of a break, so he is very likely going to be competitive, drop back to 7f is possibly not a big problem as he won over 7f before, Shyron has also a chance to be in the mix, he likes the track and is coming of a good win.


Horse: Style De Garde

Time: 3:00 Huntingdon

Current Odds: Evens

This horse won well last time, he is upped in grade and will be hard to beat today.  He is a strong traveler and will handle the soft ground well. Of rivals , Gumball is his biggest rival I think, if he jumps better than his last run he is a big rival, he usually goes a good gallop and hopefully will today and set the race up for my selection.

Great shame to hear former Champion flat apprentice Bryn Crossley died recently, he was only 59.  I actually rode against Bryn on the flat when I was an apprentice, before I went on to ride jumping. Later when  I worked for Godolphin, Bryn was part of the team in Dubai, he used to stay in Dubai when we returned with the horses every spring to race in Europe each year. He kept the yard tidy and had all repairs done, and everything ready for when we returned in the Autumn.  He was obviously a good jockey and rode over 200 winners, he was a small man with a huge personality, life was always entertaining with him in or out of work. I had not seen him for a number of years as he was living in Spain.  I heard he had been unwell and in and out of hospital recently, sadly he had a seizure and failed to recover.


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