The fortunes of racehorse trainers can certainly change quickly, just ask local Scarcroft trainer Richard Whitaker, writes Jeff Garlick.
He had not had a winner in 2012 until last Thursday when he had three successes in 24 hours including a double at prestigious York racecourse.
Richard hopes this will signal a lift in the stable’s fortunes where most of the horses are ridden by the talented Amy Ryan. Hopefully readers were on Whitaker’s Woodacre, recently tipped in these pages and won at Hereford on Thursday.
I will be at Royal Ascot today, hopefully to see Fame and Glory win the Gold Cup. However, the best bet of the day is Henry Cecil’s Wrotham Heath in the Tercentenary Stakes. David Barron, who trains just outside Thirsk, has a promising youngster called Ahern who will go well in the Norfolk Stakes and hopefully land a win for Yorkshire.
On Friday Backbench Blues, who was impressive on heavy going at Leopardstown, looks a good bet in the Queen’s Vase at Ascot but could also run at Limerick. He’s worth backing at either venue.
Saturday’s racing will be all about Aussie super mare, Black Caviar. She has won all her 21 races and looks unbeatable. You won’t get rich backing her at short odds so a better bet could be Waffle in the Wokingham Stakes.
This is another Barron horse that was second in this race last year and appears to have been laid out to go one better.
Ripon host their own Ladies Day today starting at 2:10pm so dig out your best hat ladies.
There is also evening action at Thirsk on Monday night with a ‘Jazz Night’ starting at 6:20pm.
Garlick’s Goodies: Ahern – Thurs Ascot 2:30pm;Fame and Glory – Thurs Ascot 3:45pm;Wrotham Heath – Thurs Ascot 5pm;Backbench Blues – Fri Ascot 5pm;Waffle – Sat Ascot 4:25pm.