The horse racing week ahead

I have had a nice start to the month of July with three winners from six bets but it will be a quiet start to the week this week for me with not much planned. There may be a bet or two to be had but not a lot has caught my eye at this stage. Truth be told the week builds to the Newmarket July Festival that begins Thursday and it's likely to be a bust three-days when that gets going. Inspiral looks likely to run in the Group One Falmouth on Friday, she'll be odds-on no doubt, and the speedsters will be out in force on Saturday for the Group One July Cup to name but a couple of the races to look forward to. 

What can I say about the Lancashire Oaks on Saturday. I tipped the winner Free Wind so happy days but how the Stewards made Rab Havlin in the wrong and gave him five-days I don't know. I am pretty sure Jim Crowley knew what he was doing, and actually can understand his actions from his point of view to an extent, he was in front and closed the door on the horse sneaking up his inside but there is a difference between using your horse to hold another horse in a pocket and steering across to deliberately stopped another horse in its stride. The gap was there for some time and Crowley clearly (to my eyes) steered his mount to block Free Wind. I fully expected Mr Crowley to get a couple of days off and can't believe it is Havlin who may end up on an unplanned holiday. The appeal will be this week.

The Stewards Report reads: 

An enquiry was held to consider interference approximately 2 furlongs out involving ESHAADA, placed third, ridden by Jim Crowley, the winner, FREE WIND (IRE), ridden by Robert Havlin and KAWIDA, unplaced, ridden by Neil Callan. Havlin was suspended for 5 days for careless riding as he persisted and committed for his run into an insufficient gap which was only briefly viable between the running rail and ESHAADA, causing considerable interference to ESHAADA and KAWIDA, and resulting in FREE WIND (IRE) turning ESHAADA's hind quarters, which in turn caused both fillies to become severely unbalanced.

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