I’m still catching my breath after a hectic weekend.
Andy Murray lost on the court but won the hearts of the nation with his tears. That’s the Sports Personality of the Year gong in the bag.
Bradley Wiggins grabbed the yellow jersey in the Tour De France and looks like he might just keep it. That would be huge.
And on the racetrack we saw a colossal performance from Nathaniel in the Coral Eclipse under a brilliant William Buick ride. Frankie Dettori did everything to cajole Farhh into passing him but Nathaniel was never going to be denied.
My debut as Racing Editor of the Daily Star Sunday was somewhat busy but profitable as my first-ever NAP The Oil Magnate strolled home in the soft ground at Ayr yesterday.
The Oil Magnate was also the NB of my tipping colleague Paul Jacobs (aka Moorestyle), who has won the Racing Post Naps Table twice before. Hopefully, together we can find plenty of winners for readers.
We have also introduced a horses to follow-style panel in the Daily Star Sunday and in yesterday’s paper Paul nominated Haajes, who runs at Ayr (2.30pm) today.
Meanwhile, this blog’s Ones To Watch column has also been doing rather well. Yorkshire Icon provided it with another winner at Beverley on Saturday while Rocky Reef was just touched off at Sandown. Yorkshire Icon looks like he could pick up a decent nursery.
Today’s racing looks like a typical Monday. Ripon race tonight and Bondesire looks interesting in the opener. I was at Pontefract when she stayed on well in bad ground on her debut. Grievous Angel from the Ann Duffield yard is also worth a second look in the same race.
Surprisingly, Ed Dunlop’s Red Lover is still a maiden, but he has always been highly thought of and tonight at Windsor (8.40pm) has Ryan Moore to help him break his duck.