The Inside Rail

I have to admit, I don't get a lot of work done on race days. Alcatraz runs this morning, well, he runs this afternoon in England, morning here. The Investec Mile. At Epsom. On Oaks Day. Big Day.

The lowest weighted horse in this competitive handicap - he receives 16 pounds from highweight Instant Attraction, he seems to have been tipped around the country - Simon Holt in the Sporting Life, Paul Kealy, the Lambourn Correspondent and the strong-followed Pricewise in the Racing Post and a few tipsters on random websites that ask for credit cards and cash advances. Yes, I've Googled Alcatraz just to see what the world says about him this morning.

It's a lot quicker to Google Alzammaar than Alcatraz. The island/prison comes up more than the horse. First surveyed in 1847, one of the first land surveys on the Pacific Coast, 36 prisoners tried to escape, only three are still unaccounted for...

As for George Baker, his trainer, he wrote about the race this morning. Read his blog here

As for work, it's hard to concentrate on much when a horse is running, I'm sure all owners, trainers, players find this to be true. I guess, this is why we play this silly game of ours, the escape, the release, the lark...

Alcatraz runs at 10:45. I'll be back to work by 10:50. Unless, he wins, of course, then I'll be taking phone calls, fielding interview requests, ordering photos, buying champagne...

 

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