Ascot trundles on this week and all is well.
I feel a bit like I am going through the motions this year. Yes it’s nice to get a really good week, but year on year there isn’t the sort of growth in the underlying market I would like, I’ll explain more in my final ‘a question of scale’ post at some point.
It’s been a manic couple of weeks so I’m looking forward to getting a break in the near future. Not that I’m going to get one though, Ascot dovetials into Wimbledon and we still have Euro 2012 to deal with. Tickets have started to drop through the door for various sporting events, so we are still not past peak just yet! I’m looking forward to going to the Olympics.
Of course the last day at Ascot is all going to be about Black Caviar and rightly so. I’ve followed Black Caviar from early on in Austrailian racing. It’s one of few horses whose career I have followed from early on, so I’ve been really looking forward to today. I’ve traded a lot of the 21 races that she has already won and I’m looking forward to trading the 22nd! That said I’ve traded it already. When she opened in the Ante Post market in the 1.80′s I just couldn’t help backing at that price. You just had to feel she would get shorter and shorter. When you have been trading her at 1.05 in a Group one race, 1.80′s looks such value, even in an Ante post market, even against different opposition. So in fact, the best trade on this race may have already occured! But I’ll be sure to be back to give the actual race itself decent effort. Every time she runs in runs in Australia there is a sea of (salmon) pink and black spots, would be nice to see a few at Ascot. I’d like to give my public thanks to Mervyn, who has ensured I am totally kitted out for the day! Many thanks Mervyn.
A lot of people in the UK know about Frankel, but not enough about Black Caviar. I’m sure that will change tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to it!