Thoughts for the weekend

A bad day’s betting today, perhaps stemming from the fact that I don’t have the time to do my research properly. I spoke to Pete in the morning – he thought Polar Circle had a great chance but he was concerned about her temperament. He said Declaration of War (Newm 4:40) also goes well, but currently isn’t quite the calibre of the likes of Polar Circle. He runs against Rimrock, the first 2yo to come out of Noseda’s yard this year. Rimrock is sure to be fancied and may have the edge – it feels like a straight forecast.

I also had a good chat with Brian. I don’t think Adam Eterno will be winning tomorrow. Captain Hurricane could surprise – I couldn’t recommend a bet on him but I’ll be backing him just in case. I’m happy with the way Major Eazy and Lord Peter Flint are progressing.

Shepherds Warning, the filly I claimed last week at Thirsk, has settled in with Nicky Vaughan at Michael Owen’s new stable. Her name has been causing amusement in journalistic circles given some of the recent comments by Freddie Shepherd, the Newcastle chairman, about his star striker. There may be a piece in the Guardian tomorrow.

No big betting fancies, but I may go small on some. At Newmarket Eden Rock (2:25) appeals from a stable that had a poor year last year and may be picking up a little now. Galient (3:35) I’ll give another chance to. At Newbury Peeress tries to win the Lockinge for the second year running – I had my biggest win of 2006 on her in this race and I’ll back her again. Later on (4:45) Diamond Diva comes out and I’ll be looking to recoup the money I lost on her last week, perhaps with a little interest. Tom Dascombe runs Magic Glade in the 4:45 at Thirsk, and he gives him a good chance. A small bet only for me, perhaps with a place bet alongside.