It’s time for the crystal ball to come back out and look at July-December of 2021. These things might happen next year but realistically, it’s mostly unlikely, apart from December perhaps. What will happen for sure is that we will be providing free horse racing tips for every day! If you missed Matt’s left field racing predictions for 2021 – Part 1, then get caught up on January to June now.
27th – Goodwood takes the street racing idea to a new level with ten horses being timed taking on the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb track. It proves to be a flop, though worse is James Martin’s 1965 Ferrari 275 getting stuck on soft going on the horse track’s lower loop during the reverse fixture, which proves to be about as popular as a scotch egg at Royal Ascot.
21st – Ebor day, the big race named after the Roman name for York, Eboracum. Other courses are similarly named. Hexham is built on the site where legend has it a witch once cursed local pork producers and Goodwood is so called after the local area was found to contain Ginkgo biloba trees, a natural viagra. The Melbourne Cup gets 275 mentions on ITV racing during the afternoon.
11th – St Leger day at Donny, a D in Donny not in Leger, the race named after former MP for Grimsby, Anthony St Leger, not an ex Republic of Ireland defender. Not the race it once was but the cap given to the winning jockey still continues to be the envy of Milan fashion houses. Donnacha O’Brien trains the winner this year to add to the family legacy.
16th – Tired of the criticism of soft ground on Champions Day, Ascot takes a leaf out of Stephen King’s book and covers the track with a dome. Despite their best efforts, an unseasonably warm autumn sees the ground sweat in its new greenhouse and it comes up heavy. Kevin Ryan doesn’t mind though as Brando(me) wins the sprint. Brando, winning under a dome…Brandome! Oh, forget it!
30th – Winning at Punchestown and Fairyhouse during the month sees a Willie Mullins-trained mare head the Cheltenham Festival antepost markets in all four novice hurdles. Roll a dice and guess where she ends up, spoiler alert, it’s the Martin Pipe!
19th – Despite becoming the first ever female Champion Jockey, having topped 200 winners over the course of 2021, Hollie Doyle is still beaten to the SPOTY title by a glorified scalextric controller.
31st – Hayley Turner goes another whole year without retiring. Only kidding, she quits in May before getting the call up to win the Silver Saddle at the Shergar Cup once more in August.