Ante Post Focus uploaded - Andy Richmond's Beating The Bias uploaded - US Open Final Round uploaded - US Open Halfway Stage Update uploaded - Royal Ascot Day 5 uploaded - Royal Ascot Day 4 uploaded - Royal Ascot Day 3 uploaded
With an exhausting and highly enjoyable trip to The Breeders’ Cup (was more like equine bingo on that track) and Las Vegas now behind me, it’s jumps racing all the way up until the end of the Punchestown Festival.
A ‘save’ on Wuheida saved my Breeders’ Cup and I didn’t play on any of the tables (as ridiculous as it sounds I go to Vegas to take a break from gambling!), so the only thing I won was 5000 air miles for picking the lucky seat of 25E from Spirit Airlines on a short flight from San Diego! Unfortunately for me, however, the chances of me using an internal flight in America in the next 12 months are as likely as Del Mar hosting the Breeders’ Cup again anytime soon, so the chap sitting next to me got a nice little present. San Diego is a beautiful part of the world by the way being a big city with a small city feel.
The Jumps Season Service officially restarts on Thursday previewing Day 1 of The November Meeting at Cheltenham so this is the last week to take full advantage if looking to become a member for the first time or to resubscribe, but hopefully some of you followed me in on Smad Place in the Old Roan and Bristol de Mai in the Charlie Hall who I both talked up in either Ante-Post Focus and/or Thought of the Day. Hopefully you have also availed yourself of the fancy 20/1+ prices in that column about my BetVictor Gold Cup fancy as he is already half those odds and I see him going off nearly favourite a week today. I’ll be covering the Greatwood Hurdle in that Wednesday ante-post column next week.
Having returned on Friday afternoon I’ve got a lot of catching up to do watching videos of The Breeders’ Cup, Melbourne Cup, Charlie Hall card, Down Royal two-day meeting, Haldon Gold Cup, Colin Parker Memorial and all the good novices to have come out in the week or so on both sides of the sea whilst I was away, the jumps element of which will appear in the first Cheltenham Festival Ante-Post Service column on November 20th. And of course I am looking forward to seeing Might Bite tomorrow, who I would have at the top of my Gold Cup list at present.
In sport, the Grand Slam of Darts began today which Mike Henderson is covering for us and I’ll be taking a trip to the Wolverhampton Civic Centre on Monday to catch the evening session. The last time I was in Wolverhampton was 23 years ago for an evening meeting (my one and only visit to Dunstall Park) direct from attending Newbury to watch One Man win the Hennessy. Andy Richmond’s Week 10 of the NFL will be uploaded tomorrow, I will be back with Premier League Picks on Friday and Paul Smith will be giving his opening views on The Ashes series in the next few days.
My second monthly Sports Quiz at Kettering Town Rugby Club takes place tomorrow evening and I will upload the questions in the ‘Odds and Sods’ section of the website on Monday. The winning team score for October was 43/80 so I’ve made November a little easier. I will send on the answers to anyone who wants to play at home.