Some of us grew up on ‘Wogan’s Winner’. Back in the late Seventies, at 8.25 every morning on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Terry Wogan would give us his certainty of the day and those of us on their way to school would either think nothing of it, or take notice. If nothing else, we knew we were either on time, or late. We set our clocks by Wogan’s Winner.
Terry Wogan’s love of horses shone through. He had horses with both Nicky Henderson and Barry Hills. He was also a close friend of the late Sir Peter O’Sullevan and gave a reading at the commentator’s memorial service in October.
Wogan’s friendship with owner Peter Deal led to the naming of a horse, by Presenting, in honour of Terry. That horse was named Wogan and went on to land the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in 2010.
The much-loved broadcaster, who died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 77, also teamed up with Lady Lloyd-Webber to race The Grocers Curate, also trained by Henderson, in 2005. Wogan’s father was in the grocery trade and the horses was named as a passing nod to his profession.
A national treasure, he will be missed by many. Not least a by young boy who grew up on Wogan’s Winner and had his imagination sparked. Thank you, Terry. God bless.
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KELVIN HALL (Kempton 2.50) has an official rating of 67 and is not particularly progressive, but the three-year-old showed plenty of promise when last taking on her own sex. The Mark Johnston-trained Halling filly was a fine third to Flyweight at Chelmsford in mid-November but did not appear to get the trip next time when upped to 1m2f. She was a little keen last time back at 1m before dropping away in a maiden at Southwell, but should give her running dropped into this company. This is the first time she is trying the Polytrack but her style of running suggests she will be hard to pass.
HEAD SPACE (Kempton 4.30) has twice finished runner-up in his last two runs over 6f, here and at Lingfield. He chased home Elusive Ellen last time, not having had a clear run and finished with gusto. Up 1lb for that, Brain Barr’s runner may well be able to start taking advantage of a decent handicap mark now.
NEZWAAH (Wolverhampton 3.40) was well backed to make a winning debut at Chelmsford early last month and did so with ease in what looked a fair 1m maiden. Roger Varian’s runner was keen early on but was full of running turning for home and her rider did not have to get serious to score by a length and a half. She will get further in time, but today’s 1m½f Class 5 handicap, while competitive, looks another good opportunity to gain some experience.
LITTLE BIG MAN (Kempton 2.15) did not see out 1m4f at Lingfield on his penultimate start, but dropped down to a mile here last time, stayed on well under forcing tactics, only to go down by a nose to Celtic Ava. Two years ago, he won off a mark of 70 and has tumbled in the weights, running today off a mark of 49. He is no certainty in a poor handicap, but he is one of the few that has shown a measure of recent form.
SELECTIONS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016
KEMPTON: 2.15 Little Big Man, 2.50 KELVIN HALL (NAP), 3.25 Chelwood Gate, 3.55 Mambo Fever, 4.30 Head Space (nb), 5.00 Boston Blue
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.00 Time Medicean, 2.35 Toledo, 3.10 Wavelet, 3.40 Nezwaah, 4.10 Mitre Peak, 4.45 Best New Show, 5.15 National Service
PLUMPTON (Inspection 7am): 1.35 Clayton, 2.10 Like Sully, 2.45 Twenty Eight Guns, 3.20 Loves Destination, 3.50 Burgess Dream, 4.25 Carqalin
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