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    Southwell abandoned after 5 races (probably should have been earlier), but the flat meetings are going ahead as scheduled.

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      Two words when together that warm the heart - ''Southwell abandoned''*

      * Except for when the mighty General Tufto is racing there.

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        I'm more of a Custard the Dragon man myself.

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          The current hero of the fibresand, and well on course to take his place alongside the greats such as La Estrella and Stand Guard on retirement.

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            FFS Sea of Class in the last few days and now Roaring Lion, although his prognosis seems a little more promising than the filly's ever was. It's a menace that colic - if only horses could throw up.


            https://twitter.com/rpbloodstock/status/1155279826892263426

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              Lord knows what it is with 'Glorious' Goodwood and shit weather, but high winds and pissing it down appears to be a recurring theme for a meeting that supposedly takes place in high summer.

              https://twitter.com/itvracing/status/1156197359061217282[COLOR=black][FONT=Arial] [/FONT][/COLOR]

              The performance of the opening day was by Godolphin's Pinatubo, who followed up victories at Royal Ascot and Epsom by storming 5L clear to win The Vintage Stakes. Almost certainly the best 2yo seen so far this season (at least on this side of The Irish Sea) he's as low as 5/2 in the ante-post markets for next year's 2000 Guineas. An insulting price and further proof if needed that bookmaking has gone to shit completely. I would however be tempted to take a similar price on him picking up an injury at some point and missing that race altogether, as the trainer Charlie Appleby seems to have issues keeping top prospects sound (will we ever see Quorto again?).

              Pinatubo is another high class son of Shamardal, who alongside Sheikh Mo's beloved Dubawi is the best stallion Darley/Godolphin have. He's also a completely private one, only covering mare's belonging to the organisation and no outside one's. That's highly unusual and suggests some physical frailties (rumoured to be dodgy legs) that will limit his time as a stallion. The boys in blue understandably want to make hay while they can.

              Sticking with the bloodstock angle the Japanese superstar Deep Impact had to be PTS yesterday due to a cervical fracture at the age of 17. One of the world's top sire's he was essentially Japan's equivalent of Galileo, and Coolmore themselves had starting sending some of their highest profile mares to him in recent years in an attempt to create a viable outcross to the increasingly narrow pedigrees on offer in much of Europe. An issue ''The Lads'' are heavily to blame for, but that's another tedious discussion altogether.
              Last edited by George; 30-07-2019, 20:49.

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                Poor old Crystal Ocean, that's five times now he's been runner up in G1 races - and the last two occasions have been all out battles settled only be the judge. It's likely so much hard racing has begun to take it's toll on the admirable 5yo, although Ballydoyle's usual tactical shenanigans with pacemakers certainly didn't help. I wouldn't be upset if Stoute decides against racing him in the Arc (Breeders Cup Turf a possibility in November). Japan's victory makes this years crop of 3yo middle distance colts look slightly less rotten now as well.

                Enable will be the centre of attention tomorrow in what should ostensibly be a match race with Magical in The Yorkshire Oaks. A miserly field of four has been declared for what will be the mare's penultimate race, and her last domestically before she heads over to Paris in early October.
                Last edited by George; 21-08-2019, 20:33.

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                  <Puts Mum's Tipple in tracker>

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                    A very, very impressive 11 length victory by Mum's Tipple to win what should have been the usual 21 runner 6f sales lottery. It will be interesting what they put it in as a 3-y-o, I'll be backing it.

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                      Moore has (rightly) been given a two day ban for excessive - and has it turned out unnecessary - use of the whip on Mum's Tipple in the last furlong of that race. If the silly bastard had bothered to look around he might have noticed the rest of the field ''falling out the back of the telly''. Thought I was watching Kirby or Morris for a moment.

                      Enable was all business in The Yorkshire Oaks, and her winning margin of almost three lengths was far more comfortable than the previous two meetings with Magical. Fingers crossed it all bodes well for that third Arc.

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                        Battaash breaking Dayjur's 29-year-old track record in the Nunthorpe was over shadowed by news later in the afternoon that both Roaring Lion and this year's Champion Hurdler Espoir D'Allen have been PTS, due to Colic and a training related injury respectively. A hard game at times.
                        Last edited by George; 23-08-2019, 23:03.

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                          Shit. Only yesterday there was a Twitter update saying Roaring Lion was getting better, back on his food etc.

                          And Espoir d'Allen too... saw him (easily) win the Champion Hurdle in person back in March, only 5 years old too so would possibly have had 5, 6 more seasons at the top.

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                            And guess who had the winner of the Ebor.

                            Ker-ching.

                            I thang yew.

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                              Timeform have given the aforementioned Mum's Tipple a provisional rating of 124, the second highest of any 2yo so far this season. That's a pound less than the G2 winner Pinatubo and eight pounds' superior to the Irish G1 winning Siskin. A significant achievement for a horse winning a humble sales race. Connections claim seven figure offers have been made for the colt (most likely by the BlueBin) and refused. They must be fucking mad; I would have snatched their hand off.

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                                That Threat looks a bit quirky, and possibly a lazy bugger once he hits the front. I can see some ''can I be bothered to win this thing? Nah!'' shenanigans from him in top Group 1 company.

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