Lingfield’s National Hunt card meeting on Tuesday is subject to a precautionary inspection at 8am due to the threat of frost; Officials at the Surrey track “remain hopeful” racing will go ahead.
Henry Oliver has ruled out appealing against the £140 fine the Uttoxeter stewards hit him with on Saturday for encouraging his horse to start by waving his arms at the reluctant runner. Got to say I agree with Sir Anthony McCoy who tweeted his disgust at the misconduct fine, calling it "embarrassing rubbish". Nicky Henderson clearly did not agree with the ruling either saying
"If they are talking about giving horses free will about starting then what about at the stalls on the Flat, when ten burly and brilliant men shove, heave and lift horses into the stalls when the horse says no? The BHA is baffling at the moment, coming out with more and more bizarre instructions. I despair."
Oisin Murphy has been banging in the winners in Japan and rode another five from nine rides on the card at Tokyo on Sunday. Murphy is now returning to the UK as his one-month licence to ride in Japan came to an end and is booked to ride at Lingfield on Friday. Murphy was of course 2018 Stobart Annual Jockey title winner – the award based on the number of winners during a calendar year – and he is clearly still very much in form.
No bet for me today but there will be one tomorrow so stayed tuned as they say.
It was an okay weekend for Triple G with a small profit shown. Key Player was down the field at Lingfield but might be worth another chance; he was trying to quicken when denied a clear run and hampered 1f out, he was no threat to leaders after that and eased well inside the final furlong.
Over in the States Bricks And Mortar won the G.1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes with my tip Catapult back in fourth, he simply didn’t stay. It was better news for Triple G in the G.1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes with City Of Light winning; tipped on here at 11-4. Always going well the 5yo drew well clear from 1 1/2f out to win by just short of 6 lengths. Seeking The Soul was second with Accelerate third.