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  • in reply to: Derek Thompson #35084

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    Channel 4 racing is dumbing down to the nth degree.

    Terrestrial broadcasting as a whole seems the only place where a ‘job for life’ still seems to exist.  Why else would Graham Goode and J A McGrath have jobs?

    in reply to: King George Analysis #34408

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    How far would WOA have won the KG on this seasons evidence?

    in reply to: Thoroughbred Heritage Site #34474

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    A highly commended website indeed, Venusian.

    in reply to: a gift for xmas #34364

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    Going with my head, Northern Dancer or Sadlers Wells.

    Going with my heart, a certain Ernie Pick owned Champion Hurdle winner.  Even if for just one day.  No, not 1995, but 12 March 1996.  Just so I could jock Dunwoody off and ride a proper ******* race on him!  :angry:

    Not that it bothers me much anymore.

    in reply to: And Here’s  to you, Mr Cormack! #34289

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    A pleasing thread, the thoughts of which I can only echo.

    in reply to: View From The Top #34272

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    Now has 4 entries between 27-30 December, obviously all made before today’s run.

    One of the maidens he’s entered for has 8 entries from SMARK’s yard.

    If this beast does run in one of the 4 races I will watch the betting closely to see if SMARK is preparing the excuse "he needed the freshness knocking out of him"…

    in reply to: GB V Ireland? #30272

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    Personally I would be rather surprised if a jockey waving a Union Jack around at any Eire course got a positive reception.

    Then again, I’m not sure it would get much of a positive reception in France.  Or Australia.

    But then we get into politics.  And that was my original point behind this thread.  Do people care?  Some seem to.  Not surprising really as horse racing is as involved in life as most other things and sometimes as a sport it can involve our feelings like any other sport.  But, at other times, we can come together irrespective of boundaries.

    Days like One Man at Aintree.  Best Mate at Exeter.  Persian Punch at Ascot.

    Sorry that these three are ‘British’ but they are three that are just recent (horrible) memories.  I’m sure if I had been around and into racing, the death of Arkle would have hit me as hard, if not harder despite it not being on the racecourse.

    in reply to: GB V Ireland? #30243

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    Quote: from Prufrock on 2:55 pm on Nov. 6, 2006[br]I don’t really.

    As with an earlier poster, I do make a bit of an exception for the Breeders’ Cup, and that’s it.<br>

    Pru, I thought about my post (that you refer to) a bit.

    Without the politics…. When the patriotism comes forth it’s always the ‘little guy’ versus the big bad guy that allows this.  Do (patronising stance adopted) "the Irish" just care because they are beating the English?  Do we only care about the Breeders Cup because it’s one of the few races against a nation "we" can feel indignant about?

    As mentioned earlier, I’m still happy to back a US horse, but it’s the one horse race meeting a year where I do seem to get a feeling of them/us.  Perhaps the reason I don’t at Cheltenham is because I am ‘them’ at the meeting?

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    I suppose the one time I do care a little is Breeders Cup night where I do sort of cheer on the Euros.

    But even then, I would happily back an American horse if I thought it was the likeliest winner and eulogise about the best horse irrespective of nationality.

    in reply to: Tipsters #29827

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    The Sportsman should have had entire front pages dedicated to the four horsemen imo and a bloke with an odd name on betfair putting their selections up in the middle of the night.

    in reply to: Our Vic #29648

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    Our Vic was knackered at the end.  If any of the other principles had been wound up for the race they would have won it.

    in reply to: The Annual Godolphin Thread #81146

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    Quote: from Smithy on 3:00 pm on Oct. 27, 2006[br]A bizarre acquisition. They already have one German stallion in Lomitas and yet they want to buy another stoutly-bred individual of German upbringing!!

    10,000 seems a lot of money for something that will be saddling bumper winners in years to come :biggrin: <br>

    Can we please start calling them "future Canadian International winners" from now on.

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    Quote: from quixallcrossett on 3:48 pm on Oct. 23, 2006[br]I just wonder what will happen about Christian Williams when he comes back from injury now Sam Thomas is second jockey<br>

    Presumably the letter U will be replaced with the letter F in the horse’s form.

    (Edited by Alderbrook at 1:08 am on Oct. 24, 2006)

    in reply to: Kauto Star #80848

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    Concur with the people questioning Kauto still.

    Visually impressive, but didn’t beat much at the weights.  Rooby accentuates such victories too in his style.

    Would also appreciate any comments from those in attendance regarding the fitness of KS and the others.

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    I understand Norma Macauley has taken out a jumps licence just to ensure her attendance.

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