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A ‘Mate’ to savour, and enjoy

Published: 
Monday, March 20, 2017
The Jeffrey Ross Racing Special

Presence of the latter means we might get odds-against Whosyourhousemate, remarkable on debut 67 days ago over a similar trip on Lingfield polytrack.

Drawn wide, right in the car park, Whosyourhousemate was out with the washing ‘early doors’ only to crank up through gears down the short straight; in a fast-run race, won by well-regarded Blaze Of Glory, this once-raced Iffraaj colt stormed into third place, beaten just over a length.

‘Next time’ was my initial thought which was set for a couple of weeks ago, also at the Nottinghamshire circuit, but Whosyourhousemate was withdrawn.

Presumably any problems have been sorted, Vaughan has been patient and must be excited because, given the time-handicap mark, this must be a potential ‘cracker!’

Botti obviously doesn’t rate Whosyourhousemate to the same degree unless opportunities are few for middle-distance three-year-old fillies.

During my spells handicapping with Barry Hills and Robert Armstrong phone calls before declaration time were common, obligatory in fact, and often one prepared the land ahead for a smooth success on their behalf.

The pay was never special but I’ve always enjoyed having a bet, especially when knowing something no one else knows!

In my early days with Robert he said, ‘if this one wins the first my other runner later is a cert; Moorestyle won the opening race, you can guess the rest!

Juveniles were my forte, still are and later this month we are all confronted with 2017 turf flat season and ‘another set of two-year-olds!’

At my time of life you don’t say, ‘can’t wait’, just content oneself with’ what a pleasant thought!’

Also on the ‘deep stuff’ so-called trainer-in-form, Robert Cowell, will be hoping course and distance winner, Fiery Spice, is able to complete a four-timer in the five-runner 3-y-o handicap over five furlongs.

This is the best and fairest sprint course imaginable but Fiery Spice will be my ‘lay of the day’ because Camargue and indeed consistent Erissimuss Maximus have his number.

Laying is very much part of my modus operandi and Cheltenham was a resounding winning meeting virtue of opposing Altior (won 2/7), Douvan (lost, 1-4) and Unowhatimeanharry, a gallant third to Nichols Canyon.

Some form figures do not bear close inspection!