Saturday Racing Tips

With the Olympics underway after a truely spectacular Opening Ceremony last night, I thought this photo was appropriate.
 
Here are today's best three, plus a few others :
 
DAZINSKI 1650 YORK (nap) – (unplaced) has been waiting to get this type of ground and ran very well last time at Haydock. Can't see him being out of the first three at least.
 
NASRI 1545 YORK (nb) – (4th – 14-1) has a very interesting mark in this race and could be very well handicapped on his old form. Mr Bradley can get these old sprinters right, and today could be the day for this one!
 
EXCEL BOLT 1455 ASCOT (treble) – (unplaced) this horse has bags of class and is another that will love this ground. A repeat of his old form on ground he loves should see him at least get a place at a decent price.
 
Other horses I fancy today are :
AFSARE 1510 YORK (2nd – 9-4)
BALTI BOYS 1600 NEWMARKET (unplaced)
CALL OF DUTY 1745 NEWCASTLE (Won 9-2)
FIERY LAD 1420 ASCOT (unplaced)
FORK HANDLES 1405 YORK E/W (unplaced)
ABLE MASTER 1435 YORK E/W (unplaced)
SANDREAMER 1525 ASCOT E/W (2nd – 11-1)
RIOT OF COLOUR 1520 NEWMARKET (2nd – 11-4)

My Lucky 15 is
DAZINSKI
AFSARE
NASRI
FIERY LAD

Here's to a great day of racing and sport in general.
 
Stats as of 27/7/12

WINS 61/344 = 17.7%
NAPS 23/90 = 25.5%
PLACED 83/344 = 24.1%
WIN OR PLACED 144/344 = 41.8%
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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Seen as I'm a keen reader and enjoy my blogging too I thought I would maybe start to review the books I read. I hope you enjoy this review and it may sway you to either read or not read the book.
 
I first picked this book up a couple of years ago when it was first published and reading the synopsis it tempted me. At that time I was in a non reading phase though and the thought of 900 pages didn't motivate me. However, a couple of weeks ago I downloaded it from itunes and took on the task.
 
Basically the story revolves around a post-apocalyptic USA, human race being brought to its knees by a virus that was designed to be used as a weapon. It went wrong and the virus resulted in humans becoming vampires, or virals, as they are called in the book. A small group of people in a colony some 100 years after the 'event' make up the bulk of the story as they battle to keep out these virals.
 
The first part of the book is really excellent as the scene is set for the virals to break loose and take over, they do, with huge consequences and a little girl (Amy) becomes the focal point of the book. We then skip a hundred years to a secluded colony, here the author spends time detailing the colony, its beginnings and current inhabitants. It's a little slow but worthwhile as eventually Amy turns up, still a little girl.
 
From this point the book excels as a rogue group of colonists break away in search of a safe haven courtesy of a radio message they've received regarding Amy. The adventure kicks in and the thrills and spills are many, rip-roaring all the way to the ending. Taking you to Las Vegas, a place called the Haven, where people and the virals co-exist to suit each others needs. Then we reach the source of the signal, another little twist, which in turn sets you up for the ending and a brief glimpse at the next instalment, called The Twelve (out in October). I would thoroughly recommend this book and can't wait to read where the story heads to next. I'll give it ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ out of five, as the colony bit was a little too slow for my liking.
 
I hope you enjoyed the review and it may persuade you to read this book. Please let me know your thoughts if and when you have read it. Up next VANISHED by TIM WEAVER.

The Open 2012

 

It's that time of year again – the Open. Robert Holmes has kindly done another guest blog with his predictions, which include an Englishman! Read Robert's blog and tips below, and don't forget to follow him @RHolmes24 on twitter.

 
Open Championship 2012
 
Here we are, the third major of the year. The British Open. Harder to predict than most as the elements come into play. Previous winners include, Ben Curtis, Paul Lawrie, Stewart Cink and last year Darren Clarke, so this can go to a wildcard. Going into this yearโ€™s tournament, Woods is generally 7/1 favourite. Definitely back into form but it has been a while since he won the Open (Hoylake 2006) and I would look further afield. Royal Lytham St Annes is a tight course, sure to be severe rough and plenty of bunkers to go around. So that is why I like Ian Poulter, 2nd in the Open a few years ago behind Padriag Harrington, he is one of the top performers in sand saves. Driving Accuracy is his strong suit and can see his consistent approach to suit. At 50/1 each way, he's worth a tickle.
 
One of my strong fancies is George Coetzee, not an household name but this South African has talent, especially out of bunkers! (Top 30 in last 2 years on European tour) He showed decent form in the Middle East at the start of the year, a respectable -6 this week at the Scottish Open shows he can play links, 100/1 is more than fair!
 
Always got to have a yank running for you in the Open. And Bill Haas is mine. Winner of the Northern Trust Open this year, 55th in Driving Accuracy, 60th in GIR, 18th in Sand Saves on the PGA Tour, lets respect his chances at 150/1
Long term forecast suggest 15-20 mph breeze at the weekend. So that could make it interesting. Let battle commence!
 
TIPs
Ian Poulter 50/1 (blue square)
Bill Haas 150/1 (skybet, coral)
George Coetzee 100/1 (Paddy Power, Laddies)
 

The Open 2012

 

 
It's that time of year again – the Open. Robert Holmes has kindly done another guest blog with his predictions, which include an Englishman! Read Robert's blog and tips below, amd don't forget to follow him @RHolmes24 on twitter.
 
Open Championship 2012
 
Here we are, the third major of the year. The British Open. Harder to predict than most as the elements come into play. Previous winners include, Ben Curtis, Paul Lawrie, Stewart Cink and last year Darren Clarke, so this can go to a wildcard. Going into this yearโ€™s tournament, Woods is generally 7/1 favourite. Definitely back into form but it has been a while since he won the Open (Hoylake 2006) and I would look further afield. Royal Lytham St Annes is a tight course, sure to be severe rough and plenty of bunkers to go around. So that is why I like Ian Poulter, 2nd in the Open a few years ago behind Padriag Harrington, he is one of the top performers in sand saves. Driving Accuracy is his strong suit and can see his consistent approach to suit. At 50/1 each way, he's worth a tickle.
 
One of my strong fancies is George Coetzee, not an household name but this South African has talent, especially out of bunkers! (Top 30 in last 2 years on European tour) He showed decent form in the Middle East at the start of the year, a respectable -6 this week at the Scottish Open shows he can play links, 100/1 is more than fair!
 
Always got to have a yank running for you in the Open. And Bill Haas is mine. Winner of the Northern Trust Open this year, 55th in Driving Accuracy, 60th in GIR, 18th in Sand Saves on the PGA Tour, lets respect his chances at 150/1
Long term forecast suggest 15-20 mph breeze at the weekend. So that could make it interesting. Let battle commence!
 
TIPs
Ian Poulter 50/1 (blue square)
Bill Haas 150/1 (skybet, coral)
George Coetzee 100/1 (Paddy Power, Laddies)
 

Super Saturday

I've had a break from blogging and mainly twitter as it was becoming a bit of an all time consuming task. So I've decided to do a blog just on Saturday's instead. There are some great races today and despite this bloody stupid weather affecting form and true run races, we should still have a spectacle of racing today.
 
Here are my best three, plus a few others!
 
HAMISH MCGONAGALL 1535 YORK (nap) – (WON – 5-1) loves it here and will appreciate the ground. Has yet to win this class of race, I reckon today is the day.
 
FIRE LILY 1520 NEWMARKET (nb) – (unplaced) again one where conditions should suit. Is a smart filly and despite running against colts, she must have a great chance receiving weight all round.
 
KINGS GAMBIT 1500 YORK (treble) – (unplaced) one of my old favourites and was short headed in this two years ago. Another one who will appreciate the ground and likes the track. Is back to that same mark from 2010!
 
I'm also having a dabble on these :
BILIDN 1645 York (NR)
FORK HANDLES 1635 Chester (WON 11-4)
FIRE SHIP 1340 Newmarket (2nd 10-1)
MAWAAKEF 1440 Newmarket (unplaced)
SATSUMA 1550 Newbury (2nd 8-1)
LUHAIF 1410 Newmarket (unplaced)


Stats as of 14/7/12

WINS 61/344 = 17.7%
NAPS 23/90 = 25.5%
PLACED 83/344 = 24.1%
WIN OR PLACED 144/344 = 41.8%