A profit of 6.5 pts on Punchestown is acceptable. I have a few for today including one of our German buys.

We all had a great day at the Waterford hurlers do and we didn’t half give it a lash. I was lucky enough to be sitting beside the legend himself, the great Tony Browne and it was a laugh from start to finish. The day ended on a terrific note when the Waterford owned Uncle Danny won the last race and the place erupted. He is owned by the Flynns who of course own the hotel group.

I somehow managed to buy a painting by Peter Curling at the auction but I thought the lovely compere for the day, Sile Ni Seoige was coming with the art work but unfortunately that did not happen. However, even that did not mar the day. The Waterford people certainly know how to party and it kept going all the way back to Donnacha’s pub ,The Local, in Dungarvan.

The major downside of the weekend is the terrible injury suffered by our brilliant wing back,Philip O’Mahoney, in a club game yesterday. I wish you the best Philip and hope your operation is a 100 percent success. You will be back. I also hope the news about Maurice Shanahan and Stephen Molumphy will be better in the next few days.

I had a really good day at the races on Friday and enjoyed mixing it with such stars as Paul Nicholls, Rich Ricci and Tom Malone.

Let’s try and make a few euros today.

Bath 3 45. ORDENSRITTER can continue the great form of our German imports by winning again over this extended trip. Believe it or not but this will be his first run on the turf on grass since we got him. He has won two on polytrack and is now handicapped over hurdles. This is a tricky affair but he remains unexposed on turf at the distance and can score. 2 pts win and nap at 10/3 with PP.

Kempton 1 45. HUFF AND PUFF can a be a bit lazy at times but a tight track track and good ground suit him ideally and I rate him strongly here and in receipt of 7 lbs from the dodgy favourite he looks nailed on. 2 pts win at 7/4 PP.

Kempton 4 00. It is easy to see why the money is coming for FINE WORDS. This lightly raced, scopey son of Alfora looks well in off only 109 and although it normally does’t pay to back a novice first time in a handicap this might be one of the exceptions. 1 pt win at a contracting 9/2 PP.

Kempton 5 10. URIAH HEEP has a huge chance here. The good ground is essential for him and the break of 172 days away from the track puts the cherry on top. I am certainly getting on with 2 pts win at 5/1.

More later.


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