Back in January, I interviewed the trainer Richard Fahey. Here's what he told me about Greenwich Meantime:
"He'll be aimed at the Chester Cup and will probably go there without a run. I think he's improved".
Greenwhich Meantime did go to the Chester Cup. He won at odds of 14-1. He HAD improved.
Here's what Fahey told me about Knot in Wood:
"He's very talented, is getting stronger all the time and has returned in cracking form. He'll be aimed at the big handicaps like the Wokingham. He prefers a bit of juice in the ground. He's definitely one to watch."
Tomorrow is the Wokingham, run over 6f at Royal Ascot. Knot in Wood, having finished a staying-on sixth over an inadequate 5f at York on his last run, gets in the race off joint bottom weight of 8st 10lbs. And guess what. The rain has come. Lots of it.
Conditions should be just right tomorrow and he's still available at around the 11-1 mark. I'm not saying Knot in Wood will definitely win- no one can be dogmatic in a race as ultra-competitive as the Wokingham, but he's certainly worth a couple of quid each-way.
UPDATE: Well, it all looked pretty promising with a couple of furlongs to go as KIW moved up to make his challenge, but in the end the advantage was on the far side with the high drawn horses. Roll on the Steward's Cup for a chance to get our money back!