ride a horseTwo American high school students,A.J. Sauceda and Clayton Torres, were suspended when they decided to circmvent their  schools “No Vehicle to School Day” by riding there on horses! As part of a day which I’m ‘assuming’ was designed to increase awareness of pollution and other environmental issues many of the kids decided to walk to school, while others are said to have used bikes, skate boards and four wheelers (wait isn’t that a vehicle!??).

Their decision to arrive to school on horse back certainly drew a few raised eyebrows and wasn’t helped by the fact that they both rode around the school grounds for ten minutes before heading home. When they returned they received a stern lecture about the dangers of riding a horse around the school grounds and the said of security also highlighted that students had previously been warned about performing ‘pranks’.

“Well, I don’t think it’s fair. They didn’t do anything wrong,” said Leannah Sauceda, A.J.’s mother before going on to highlight that “There’s been chickens let out the beginning of the week, and in the school property, in the school cafeteria,”  “There was over 100 crickets let out in the school.”

The place sounds more ‘Noahs ark’ than school.

No-one was hurt by their rodeo escapades. Both students missed their finals as a result of being suspended, but will apparently be allowed to have them at a later date!


sandownIn the 5.05 at Sandown on Friday, Jacob Cats had done all his previous winning on a sound surface, but won in good style over 1 mile 5 furlongs on good to soft going at Newmarket two weeks ago and may be capable of completing a hat-trick. The Newmarket form has been franked by the third, Always Resolute, who won in this grade at Chester last Saturday and his previous win, over two furlongs shorter at Goodwood, has also been franked by the runner-up, Vale Of Iron.

He’s gone up 5lb in the weights, but is still only 2lb higher than when winning, in this grade, on the Polytrack at Kempton last spring and may have been underestimated by the handicapper. It’s fair to say that West Sussex trainer William Knight has a fairly dismal record at Sandown, but that shouldn’t be held against Jacob Cats, who is 2-2 on the course and seems on good terms with himself at present. Jockey Andrea Atzeni has a healthy 5-22 (23%) strike rate on older horses for the yard over the last five seasons.

Selection: Sandown 5.05 Jacob Cats to win

goodwood racesRayvin Black has progressed into a Grade 2 winning hurdler since last campaigned on the Flat by Mark Tompkins as a three-year-old and appeared to translate at least some of that improvement back to this sphere when staying on strongly to win by 5 lengths over 1 mile 6 furlongs on the course last month. Now with Oliver Sherwood, the Halling gelding steps up in class and distance off an 8lb higher mark, but has won at distances up to 2 miles 1 furlong, on going ranging from good to heavy, so has plenty going for him. The undulations and sharp downhill finish at Goodwood suit his bold, front-running style and he can lead the field a merry dance from the front. Connections will be hoping that the forecast rain arrives in West Sussex but, if it does, Rayvin Black still looks reasonably weighted in the Construction Day Stakes (2.55).

Selection: Goodwood 2.55 Rayvin Black to win