Thursday, 15 November 2012

News from Ismail's and a bet for the 2012 Dancing On Ice


 
Alhaarth Beauty finished second at Wolverhampton in her maiden last week having, once more, looked set to win easily as she had in her previous start.
There is nothing more frustrating when you believe you have everything covered. However, on Monday it came to light that she has a floating piece of bone in her knee. It might explain why she has twice found little after changing leads in the home straight.
              The two options open to Ismail is to operate and remove the chip or leave it and hope with rest it settles with time. Either way Alhaarth Beauty will now be off until the start of the grass season. She has bags of speed and will like fast ground.
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             There has been a change of personal at Revida Place with the imminent arrival of Pete Harrison as Head Lad. Known affectionately as Geordie, even though he is a Mackem, he will bring a wealth of experience and a no-nonsense approach.
              With Ismail back in Dubai overseeing his runners, it was vital somebody was brought in to steer the ship. Having worked for Luca Cumani, Ralph Beckett and, until joining Revida Place, Chris Wall, and Harrison will do just that. Welcome aboard.

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              It’s has been immensely frustrating not to be able to have got another run into Light Burst since he won at Brighton on September 17. He looked a massively improved horse but a combination of soft ground and not being able to get in AW races has stopped him.
Fortunately, he will get a run at Wolverhampton on Monday and will reappear in a 0-85 handicap over 7f. It’s a much better race than he has been winning but Shane Kelly, who rides on Monday, was happy with him in a gallop on Wednesday.
If all goes to plan he will back for a race at Kempton on Thursday. He is a horse I like a lot but these two races will tell whether we have a prospect for a listed race or a badly handicapped horse!

I’m going to give to give an early shout for a bet in an area I have had great success in the past – to suggest the winner of the 2012 Dancing on Ice!!!. It’s the only reality show I would contemplate having a bet on because invariably the best contestant wins.
Sam Attwater and Matthew Wolfeden have won me a tidy sum in the past two years. Yet I’ve always believed a girl would be better suited given the moves involved. In which case, if the Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is confirmed in the final line-up snap up any price you can.
She has been involved in early tests and was, I’m told, sensational. There has been a hitch, though, in negotiations so there is a possibility she may not be in the final 12. I hope she is.  

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