Rhythm can hit right note
"Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away" -- Laurence J Peter, Canadian author.
IT'S the wife's 30th birthday this weekend and she's getting herself all hot under the collar about looking good for the big bash down the local tonight.
I was delighted last week when she told me she was getting a loan of a dress from a mate to keep our costs down; but as they say, it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind and she's now decided that she wants to wear something new instead.
So off we go to Dundrum Shopping Centre and after spending five hours and five ponies, we finally found a dress she likes. As we drove home, Roy Orbison was singing 'She's A Mystery To Me' on the radio and I kinda knew how he felt.
Keeping up appearances is an expensive business for the fairer sex, that's for sure -- but if she knew how much of a hammering our finances took at Aintree last week, perhaps she'd be a bit more cautious when handing over that damn plastic card. But I'd be lost without her and all will be forgiven if Always Right can replenish the betting pot and pay for the weekend's festivities in today's Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr (3.35).
The John Wade-trained nine-year-old has been earning his keep under rules with four wins from seven races, but punters should note that this animal is a well respected hunter-chaser around the north-east of England so should have no bother taking on the four-mile-plus trip for the first time.
I'm sure connections were tempted to give him a crack at some big races at Cheltenham or Aintree, but I reckon they've made a shrewd decision in saving him for Ayr this afternoon, especially now that we look set to get good ground.
Another one to watch at a big price is the Martin Todhunter-trained That's Rhythm. He fell at the first fence in the Aintree Grand National, but generally speaking he's a decent jumper and the handicapper hasn't been too harsh on him.
He had been given a break to prepare for Aintree and my mole in Cumbria tells me that a gang of each-way punters were left out of pocket on that occasion having pushed his price in from 100/1 to 50/1.
Watch out for any market moves today. At Newbury, Kirthill is worth a punt in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden (4.50), priced around 11/4. He was staying on well when taking second place in his debut race at Doncaster and Luca Cumani is expecting this colt to take a few big races over the summer.
No prizes for originality here, but Frankel looks like a sure thing for the Group Three Totesport.com Greenham Stakes at Newbury (3.10). Last season's champion juvenile is unbeaten in four starts and is already odds-on in places for this year's 2,000 Guineas.
His Royal Lodge and Dewhurst wins were impressive and this looks like a straightforward penalty kick for the Henry Cecil-trained son of Galileo, albeit at a very short price.
Greyfriarschorista is well overpriced at 33/1 for the Totescoop6 Spring Cup Handicap at Newbury (3.45). Fair enough, he hasn't been firing on all cylinders lately, but the assessor has dropped his mark considerably and that gives him a good chance to take some place money at least today.
First-time blinkers are expected to sharpen him up and I've a feeling in my gut that this is one of the rare occasions where the market has called this quite wrongly.
3.10 Newbury: Frankel
3.35 Ayr: Always Right
3.35 Ayr: That's Rhythm (e/w)
4.50 Newbury: Kirthill