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  • jwdd27
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    Standard Henderson bullshit which pushes the price nicely out, 3/1 in places now which is ridiculous for a minor, very treatable bit of lameness 3 days out. In my opinion.

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  • Paul S
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    Even worse news, Altior may not run at Cheltenham and is currently lame:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/51790655

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  • Guy Profumo
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    As there's not a "this year's racing thread"


    It seems things might not all be well at the headquarters of the sport of kings -

    Newmarket fear possible repercussions over Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...t-horse-racing


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  • jwdd27
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    The "it might all get cancelled" scare has become an annual fixture in the Cheltenham build-up.

    The UK government's view at the moment is that protecting the economy from damage is more important than public health, and in this case, long may it continue.

    But any severe escalation and they would have to think about it.

    I wonder if running the festival with no spectators would be an option? Switzerland have banned gatherings of over 1,000, but I bet stable staff, media, groundstaff etc would tip over that even without anyone paying on the gate.

    It will go ahead as planned, I'm sure.

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  • Paul S
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    Two weeks until the Cheltenham Gold Cup and I'm beginning to get a bit excited, but I do wonder what will happen with this coronovirus.

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  • jwdd27
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    Henderson is getting some almighty flak for announcing Altior's removal from the Kempton field on his (betting company) blog, before actually officially informing the BHA. A bit naughty, and the BHA sent their own vet out to confirm the injury.

    Altior should win at Cheltenham, and now he's actually been defeated the odds might actually make him worth backing, although you won't get rich.
    I saw Altior win the "legendary" Supreme in 2016, with nearly everything he beat going on to win big races, since then it's always been about him doing just enough to win, without producing a performance for the ages. Maybe this year.

    The Cheltenham tingles are definitely starting. 9 weeks.

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  • Paul S
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    Altior not racing at Kempton this Saturday, but instead is aiming for Cheltenham in March. I can't wait to see this horse race in the flesh.

    Altior will not race at Kempton on Saturday and will be aimed at a Queen Mother Champion Chase hat-trick at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

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  • jwdd27
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    Lostintranslation had a bit of a shocker, far too many mistakes (including jockey mistakes, Power changed line at the wrong time and lost three lengths) and then landed on top of a fence near the end which meant game over. A pity, because as I had surmised, Cyrname was there for the beating, and well done to Twiston-Davies and Clan des Obeaux. Cobden made the wrong call, which re-inforces that you should never, ever take the jockey's choice into account. They are as clueless as the rest of us.

    Just about broke even for the day (translation: lost, but not badly), helped quite a bit by Rachael Blackmore doing the business on Notebook in Ireland.

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  • Paul S
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    Back from a fabulous day out at Kempton Park. The atmosphere was really good and I paid extra for the Premier Enclosure which meant I was beside the finish line and had a decent view of the big screen. I also managed to get to the back of the terrace which meant the rain was kept off by the roof. Lostintranslation losing was a but of a bummer and I lost £27 in total today but won £27.50. One further note, why do people park in the middle of racecourses? It takes an age to get away. My tip for parking at Kempton Park is to park in Sunbury Way at the next junction up where you can lgeally bump your car wheel up the kerb. Then it is a 15-20 minute walk back along the footway to the racecourse entrance. When it came to leaving I walked back in my car and straight back onto the dual carriageway, no delays. Meanwhile the people who parked in the racecourse....!

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  • steveeeeeeeee
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    I'm still yet to back a winner at Kempton. Got my stake back on the King George via betway's offer.

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  • longeared
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    I enjoyed that race that ITV showed from Wetherby, purely for the horse that started so late it was almost participating in the next race, barely mustered enough speed to be able to clear the first, and then got pulled up.

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  • steveeeeeeeee
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    I went about 10 years ago, there were engineering works, so Kempton Park station was closed, so had to get bus from Richmond. Bit of a nightmare and lost every race. Good atmosphere, nice crowd.

    I've been unlucky so far, Danny Whizbang and Hold the Note were both running well before they were impeded by fallen horses. Elixir de Nutz e/w for 14:40 and then Cyrname for the King George.

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  • Paul S
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    I'm big on Lostintranslation as well because there is a LOT of rain due to fall over the next few hours which will suit this horse more than the others.

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  • jwdd27
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    Should be a good day, enjoy.
    I'm big on Lostintranslation in the big one, a very impressive jumper and more sure to stay than Cyrname, who I also don't like because he beat my beloved Altior.
    Eragon de Chanay in the last one is my saver at big odds.
    Looking forward to the 10 race meetings tomorrow, after a nice 4 day break with no racing at all.

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  • Paul S
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    Right, ticket has arrived, I'm ready with an early start tomorrow to drive to Kempton Park. Hoping for a fantastic days racing.

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  • Paul S
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    Has anyone on here ever been to the King George VI stakes at Kempton park on Boxing Day? I'm seriously considering going this year but not sure what to expect other than Altior not running.

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  • jwdd27
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    Sam Spinner jumped like a dream and won easily, which once again demonstrates the depth of my expertise.
    Got some each way money at 25/1 and 16/1 and the winner in the second last, and it didn't rain. A nice course, although the usual high percentage of wankers among my fellow racing fans.

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  • jwdd27
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    I'm away to Wetherby on Wednesday for the return of the real stuff, and the greedy buggers have expanded it to 8 races, which given a forecast 90% chance of rain means it will be a long, wet and cold day, which is what the jumps are all about.

    The most interesting runner is Sam Spinner, once the next big thing in stayers hurdles (sent off as favourite but flopped at Cheltenham last year, before pushing Paisley Park every inch for 2nd at long odds this year). They're sending him chasing, which is an interesting choice for a horse that often had trouble clearing its hurdles (unseated twice in a row last winter). I'll steer clear, esprcially at 10/11, likely even shorter tomorrow. I'll go with Mr Antolini, another decent hurdler turning to fences, the question mark there is that 9 is an advanced age to switch disciplines.

    We'll see - it's early season, bad weather, anything can win, and will.

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  • Sporting
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  • George
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    A four timer on the Newmarket card for Ralph Beckett and Harry Bentley, including two group wins via the trainer's ongoing experiment with offspring of Lope De Vega. They seem to hit a brick wall at three, but as 2yo's there's already been considerable success, largely with daughters of the sire. The more far-sighted punter may want to keep a eye on Beckett's LDV purchases at the sales and try to get on early for a nice priced maiden if possible.
    Last edited by George; 12-10-2019, 17:07.

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  • George
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    The performance was a little more laboured compared to the explosiveness of his two previous races, but that was a solid performance by Pinatubo in what is essentially the end of season championship race for the 2yo colts and on challenging ground. Infact, it would have been unfair to expect a repeat of what happened at either Goodwood or The Curragh, where the opposition fell out of the back of the TV. A wonderful little horse, but don't be surprised if a number of horses train past him when he returns next year as a three year old for the 2000 Guineas.
    Last edited by George; 12-10-2019, 15:00.

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  • George
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    Two nice juveniles in Military March and Al Sulhail pulling well clear there for Godolphin at Newmarket, in what could be a fruitful afternoon for the Blue Bin at HQ with Pinatubo racing shortly in The Dewhurst. The O'Brien/Coolmore horses are hardly setting the world alight either,

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  • steveeeeeeeee
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    Pity about Enable today, I bet many of the Brits and Irish in attendance had factored in their expected Enable winnings on paying for the trip. Looked like she was going to walk it at 2f.

    Fortunately, I had £1ew on Waldgeist. Fantastic record at Longchamps, so I felt it had to be in the mix for the places. £21 return, nice!

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