Admiralty should hopefully be back on the track within a few weeks after a x-ray revealed that the injury to his knee is not as serious as was first feared.
He was set to reappear at Kempton on Wednesday over 6f, a distance I’m convinced he will be even better over, but was sore after a gallop on Saturday. He has had problems with his knees before but this time he couldn’t flex it.
The good news is that after medication – his knee can have a full service – he will come back as good as new. He has been earmarked for a race at Wolverhampton on April 8 over 7f.
Mubtadi, who I want to keep for a race at Yarmouth in early April, will reappear at Lingfield on March 25 if the ground looks likely to come up soft on the turf. He will stay over 1m 2f as it suits his style of running and tempo. He should be able to win at least another couple.
Educate continues his build up to the Lincoln with a workout tomorrow (Tuesday) but the reality is that he will probably end up in the consolation race. We need 30 to come out which realistically isn’t going to happen. He wouldn’t want the ground too soft but is an exceptionally nice horse.
New horses will be arriving within the next few weeks but the horse I’m looking forward to seeing is the unraced Magic Lando. The son of Manduro was injured in his first gallop for Richard Hannon. He so laid back that it’s hard to get a handle on him.
Dancing On Ice is the only reality show that I bet on. Invariably, the best skater wins the event and from an early stage you can narrow the field down to around three after the first couple of weeks.
Beth Tweddle’s victory, following on from Sam Attwater and Mathew Wolfenden, means I have backed the winner for the last three years. I had backed Beth ever since the line-up has been announced in November.
In truth, I did think, especially when Matt Lapinskas went to 1.32 when the market was suspended, that she was going to finish runner-up. Matt consistently got better scores and stronger praise from the judges (hopefully the cavity-inducing Ashley Roberts will be ejected for next year) but for me wasn’t the better skater.
A victory for Matt would also have been a travesty seeing he should have been eliminated in the skate-off with Shayne Ward when he stumbled and touched the ice where, to be fair, Jason Gardiner did say he should go.
It’s an event well worth having a punt on. The downside is that you have to wait four months to get paid.!!