I WAS too busy with my own work to follow Johnb's Friday tips but by the lack of booms I'm assuming they were both losers.
Everyone knows our man hasn't enjoyed the best of weeks but he'll be doing his best to rectify matters.
Johnb says: I used to hate the Ebor and until recently I could only back seconds. It started in 1993 when in May I told everyone I knew to back Oh So Risky. I said the jockey would lead all the way. I said it couldn't get beat.
“I was on at 66/1 & 50/1 & 40/1 & 33/1 & 25/1 & 20/1 & 16/1. Then on the day of the race I backed it again at 11/1.
“Again on race day I said Pat Eddery would would run his 21 rivals into the ground one by one. Then Oh So Risky fell out the stalls & Eddery was last & even with 5f to go he was last.
“With 4f to go Oh So Risky was making a move weaving through horses & flying. Pat Eddery & Oh So Risky were 2nd beaten two & a half lengths which was a big winning margin but when you see the ground the horse had to make up it was an outstanding run.
“That second place cost me well into six figures but that's racing & that's gambling. Some races you never forget.
“Since that race 21 years ago I have picked the winner of the Ebor four times & those four winners have been in the last four years so hopefully I can make it five in a row today & I have two picks in the 20-runner race.”
Johnb's Saturdays Tips
Moonraker 4-1 NAP William Hill
2.05 Farraaj 13/8
2.40 Connecticut 5/1
2.15 Beacon 7/2
3.50 De Rigeuer 12/1 & Sir Walter Scott 12/1
4.25 Moonraker 4/1
5.00 Amjan Bridge 5/1
5.35 Money Team 14/1
Good luck everyone.