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  • in reply to: Yes or No for Fun and Friendly Challenge #1239849
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    Cheers Raymo, that’s me peaked for this year then B-)

    in reply to: Darren's Sport bets 2016 #1239828
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    Well at the half way stage I’m glad to see we are all still in the hunt.
    Raymo your guy Hubbard only 2 off the pace at 150/1…..good shout sir :good:

    Darren I know you will be a bit pissed that Fowler didn’t play as well as he can,
    he’s done you well in the past and you were unlucky Grace going out after the extra
    play off hole with Kirk . You are still well in the hunt with Oosthuizen and
    in the Puerto Rico Open Poulter and Rodgers are bang there.

    I’m hoping that at least one of my guys, Moore, Cabrera Bello, Snedeker or Oosthuizen
    can get into the last 4 (hopefully Cabrera Bello as he’s my biggest priced). It all
    could go pear shaped tomorrow so I’m not counting any chickens yet, just pleased I’ve
    got 4 chances.

    Good luck guys :good:

    in reply to: Irish National 2016 #1239826
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    Absolute belter of a write up Bobby :good:

    This isn’t going to go down well in a few quarters, but I think CAUSE OF CAUSES, and his
    highly rated buddies ie topweight down to THUNDER AND ROSES, can save themselves a drive
    to the course and stay in their nice warm stables. The last time any horse won the Irish
    Grand National carrying more than 11st was 16 years ago, and that was no less than COMMANCHE
    COURT. The National was pretty much like that until recent years where it has bucked the trend,
    but until the Irish version starts to show a similar trend, I think it gives you a better chance
    of working out what will win, with several decent horses removed from the equation.

    I’m not a favourite backer normally, if I can help it, but I’m finding it very hard to get away
    from VENITIAN DE MAI. The way he has won his last 2 races at Down Royal and Naas, going
    away at the finish, makes this look tailor made for him. I’ve missed a couple of points by being
    late looking at this race, but 8/1 is a fair price for what looks to me a likely winner.

    I’m having a couple e/w at bigger prices, and both have decent chances in their own right. RUSSE BLANC
    was impressive in the Betfred Chase, and that form would give him a shout here if he is back in that
    kind of form. Bobby is right pointing out that he is best on heavy ground, but they are expecting 4mm
    today, 6mm Saturday, 7mm on Sunday and 4mm in the early part of Monday. Stilvi is right, the ground should
    be soft, I think probably more towards heavy. 33/1 with Stan James looks big.

    RIVERSIDE CITY scraped into this, and I like his chance. His win in the Troytown would be good
    enough to put him in the frame here, but he ran disappointingly in his next 3. His last run at Downpatrick
    looked like he was coming back to form, running on well into 6th. The only downside could be that this has
    come a bit soon. I think that at 40/1 it’s worth taking the chance.

    It’s a tough race, GLA :good:

    in reply to: 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup #1239649
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    It sounds like I’m sitting on the fence, perhaps I am, but I can see the arguments from both the
    Cue Card and Don Cossack camps. The bottom line is that neither can be as sure, IMO, as the more
    adamant fans from both sides would suggest. It’s a great pity Cue Card didn’t stay on his feet,
    it would have made for a fitting finish.

    I think it’s reasonable to say that Cue card has a turn of foot that would in all likelihood have got
    him past Don Cossack after the 3rd last had he not crumpled. I don’t buy it that he wouldn’t have got
    the distance of the Gold Cup, I think he would have seen the race out. The thing for me, is that Don
    Cossack, whilst not having the same turn of foot, is a horse that keeps finding.

    Whether Cue Card would have found enough to hold off Don Cossack in the last furlong is the 64 Million
    Dollar question. I think it would have been very close, if I had to sway one way I’d give it to
    Don Cossack, but not by much.

    I loved being there and watching the race, but I would have loved seeing the pair fighting it out
    at the death. We simply will never know :unsure:

    in reply to: At The Races – Stable Stars Competition #1239606
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    Reminder for transfers for week 20 to be in for 9pm tomorrow (Friday 25/03/16)

    One bonus race this week, the Irish National at Fairyhouse on Monday 28th.

    I hope you’ve all recovered from Cheltenham.

    Good luck this week :good:

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    Reminder for transfers for week 20 to be in for 9pm tomorrow (Friday 25/03/16)

    One bonus race this week, the Irish National at Fairyhouse on Monday 28th.

    I hope you’ve all recovered from Cheltenham.

    Good luck this week :good:

    in reply to: Darren's Sport bets 2016 #1239526
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    Good luck with your bets in the Puerto Rico Open Raymo.

    I’m exactly the same as you Raymo, I was into a four figure win with Golden Chieftan,
    I sat thinking “just jump it, the race is yours”. It was a sore one, but we’ll get over
    it Raymo….eventually 😥

    in reply to: Darren's Sport bets 2016 #1239506
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    A bit late getting this organised, but I’ve now got my “team” organised for the
    WGC Match Play.

    I kind of did this a stupid way, I picked out four that I thought would be in with
    a shout, and then looked at the draw and the sections my four were in. Three of them
    were in one quarter of the draw, which means only one of them can get to the final four.


    I picked Garcia because he is the type of player that enjoys the format of match play
    and he has looked in decent form. His last 2 starts were 2nd in The Honda Classic and
    11th in the Cadillac Championship. 40/1 e/w seems decent value.

    Moore I wrote before that he has got his game back this year, and I had him in the Vaspar
    where he finished 3rd. It’s a bit worrying that he finished the Arnold Palmer Invitational
    with an 81 and a 73, but I’m hoping he can rebound here. 100/1 e/w with Betvictor

    Cabrera Bello is a bit of a chancy pick, he is a streaky player, but when he’s hot he’s hot.
    His form this year is pretty good, 2nd in both the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Qatar
    Classic and 11th last time out in the Cadillac Championship. 150/1 e/w with Boylesports is

    My fourth member is ADAM SCOTT. People will start to think I’m besotted with the man as I’ve
    written so much about him recently, but he is a class act. It is a worry that this format is
    not one that he has excelled at, but I’m taking a chance as he has his game in such good shape.
    16/1 is worth a few quid.

    I couldn’t not bet the four as I had already picked them out, but after realising I had only
    covered 2 quarters of draw, I’ve picked one in each of the other quarters to give me a chance
    of all four meeting in the last 4 (unlikely but hopefully)

    The 2 extras I’ve gone for are BRANDT SNEDEKER and LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN

    Snedeker had a purple patch at the tail end of last year and the start of this year with
    consecutive tournaments resulting in 1st, 3rd, 2nd and 1st. Not surprisingly he couldn’t
    keep that up, but after a poor third round last time out in the Arnold Palmer Invitational,
    he finished with a flourish shooting 66. I hope he can carry that form into this.
    I’ve taken the 60/1 with Boylesports.

    My other “extra” player, from the remaining quarter, OOSTHUIZEN, has the game for anything.
    He has the bottle for a fight and having won the Perth International and been 14th and 7th
    in his last 2 tournaments, he is in decent form.
    33/1 is fair.

    I don’t think I’ve ever started a tournament 6 handed, so it goes without saying I probably
    won’t have a man standing after round 1 :wacko:

    Good luck Darren with your guys. Raymo, are you dipping your toe in the water for this one?

    in reply to: 2016 Grand National #1239420
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    G, You can’t go wrong with NRNB :good:

    Confirmed out in latest Forfeit Stage

    Mon Parrain
    Our Father
    Sam Winner
    Long Run
    Lord Windermere
    Broadway Buffalo
    Bears Affair
    Valseur Lido
    Mendip Express
    Shotgun Paddy
    Grey Hession
    Competitive Edge
    Don Poli

    Picked him out last night Bobby, when still down south. Just arrived back home ten mins ago
    and I see from your post he is out. I did notice a slight drift on the exchanges when I was
    typing it out, which is why I emphasized taking the NRNB.

    Bugger, I wish I’d waited a day later to trawl through them. I was having a look at O’Faolains
    Boy too. I had backed Don Cossack in the GC, but also OB e/w before the off. He jumped for fun,
    and looked for a long way that he might just get a place. He tired near the end, but with a slightly
    less aggressive race he might be of interest.

    For the time being, it’s back to the drawing board :unsure:

    in reply to: 2016 Grand National #1239347
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    I’ve already mentioned BUYWISE, who I’ve kind of followed over a cliff so far,
    but now as Cheltenham is by I’ve spent a good bit of time going through the field and hope I have
    added one with what I think is a very good chance at decent odds.

    Philip Hobb’s MENDIP EXPRESS looks like the right kind for this, and if he gets in,
    he needs 9 to pull out, he won’t be anywhere near his current odds of 66/1.

    His seasons reappearance was at Warwick in January, in an egg and spoon race over 3m, which
    he could do no more than win it easily at 1/2. A month later, in another Open Hunters’ Chase
    at Fontwell over 3m 1 1/2f , he won again, getting up in the final 50 yards after having been
    headed, and finishing strongly.

    I was there and saw him run in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham this month, where he finished
    8th. I thought that he ran a very decent race and looked coming to the last three that he could
    well be in the mix. He didn’t manage to close them down but kept on well for 8th, beaten less
    than 10 lengths. I think he needs a little cut in the ground, all his wins have been on G/S or
    soft and hopefully he would get his ground at Aintree if he gets there.

    The most important piece of form in my book, is just over a year back (Dec 2014) where he ran a
    cracker of a race in the Becher H’cap Chase over the National fences, over 3m 2f, going down 3/4
    length to Oscar Time. He was keeping on really well and had Saint Are a further 3 lengths behind.
    On that day he gave Saint Are 14lbs, and if they both get into the race this time, they both run
    off the same mark and yet Saint Are is best priced 25/1.

    A stone better with SA, in decent form, and more than double the odds of that one makes him very
    decent value in my book. In case he doesn’t head there, take the 66s NRNB with Bet355 or Stan James,
    you could do worse in my opinion.

    in reply to: Darren's Sport bets 2016 #1239212
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    Looks like third in both Darren !!
    Nearly but no cigar Bad Luck mate!!

    And on the other subject Corals are a joke and I only bet small interest bets with Ladbrokes cos I have no chance of getting anything significant on with them!! Have had two accounts closed with Ladbrokes over the years one for getting an each way double up 9/2 and 10/3 and one for backing the French Open tennis winner in consecutive years!!

    That was hard luck Darren, did you have stenson e/w?

    I’m giving up on Larrazabal, he was never in the hunt. Scott started well, then had a couple of
    uncharacteristic untidy 2 rounds before finishing well.

    I just managed to squeeze into the places with Matsuyama, he had a cracking -5 par final round
    which saw him squeeze into joint 6, with two others. I had bet him e/w 1/5 odds 7 places with Paddy
    Power, so I get the place at 2/3 of my bet, as 3 players fit 6th and 7th place (£20 e/w = £80 return),
    so I managed to clear my feet more or less with my bets.

    Raymo, it really pi**es me off with Coral, and Ladbrokes are a bunch of spineless wimps. I’ve found that
    Paddy Power, Skysports and Betvictor have consistently been best of the bunch, I’ve never had a bet refused
    or cut down, even 3 figure bets (which are rare for me). Boylesports have started to reduce my bets a little
    and I’ve not been long with Bet365, Bobby said they had been good so bit early to say.

    Whatever happened to the spirit of “Fearles” Freddie Williams (God rest his soul), who I made a point of
    having a bet with when I was at Musselburgh races, just so I could say I had, he must be turning in his
    grave the way bookies are going.

    Good luck this week chaps :good:

    in reply to: Corals #1239185
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    Corals…..aarrgghhh, don’t get me started. I wrote on here last year when I found
    that if I tried to place a bet with them for say £20, I would be offered the bet at a stake
    of such as 20p, and as low as 3p. That was for every bet I tried to place, and when I was so
    pi**ed off that I phoned them, the only response I got was “traders decision”. After a few
    more attempts I gave up and left it for months. Thought I’d try and see if things had changed
    a few months later……well you can guess the rest.

    I’ve not bet with them for best part of a year. If I was some kind of JP McManus I could
    understand them trembling with fear. They need to grow a pair.

    Ladbrokes are not too far behind them, withdrew any offers related to best odds, bonuses,
    free bets and concessions. “They are the betting men, and this is the Ladrokes Life”, what
    a fecking joke

    in reply to: Refurbished Cheltenham – How Was It? #1239108
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    First time to the course, never mind Gold Cup day, so I don’t have anything to compare to,
    but I just can’t fault the course and the management throughout. I had a seat in the Guinness
    Stand, and I found that I was a little further from the winning post than I had imagined.
    My fears were dispelled after watching the first race, it didn’t in any way spoil my day
    and I would happily book the same seat for next year.

    I was surprised how easy it was to get about, I had prepared myself to be fighting through
    the crowds to get a bet on at the bookie stands, but I needn’t have worried, busy as it was
    there was no problem. The staff in the stand and in the hospitality couldn’t have been more
    helpful or cheerier.

    The only place where I did feel a bit like a sardine, was in the Guinness Village, where throngs
    of people had congregated. Moving 20 yards was a bit of an effort, but everyone there was in very
    good spirits, fueled by the odd Guinness and the Irish band that were playing. The atmosphere was
    worth experiencing but it did cross my mind that it would have been a pick pocket’s paradise.

    I’m hooked, and I’ll definitely be making a yearly pilgrimage to the Festival :good:

    in reply to: Midlands National 2016 #1239017
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    It’s amazing how you can be flying high one moment and then it gets
    turned on it’s head.

    Dex, I know exactly how you feel, and how Raymo will feel too. I was
    on a very good return, fueled by a good day yesterday. I took the 18/1
    5 places with Sky and then a bit before the off I had a good bit in my
    Paddy Power account so I hit him again at 16/1. I should be used to it
    by now, that’s racing for you, but you sit with that feeling of utter
    disbelief for a few minutes :unsure:

    Anyway, I’m over it now, it’s just a loser so onwards and upwards, or
    I’m trying to tell myself that anyway 😥

    in reply to: Midlands National 2016 #1238989
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    I’m with Raymo, I think GOLDEN CHIEFTAN has every chance of taking this.
    From winning over 3m3f at Fontwell last November, he has always looked like he could
    win a marathon, and hasn’t run a bad race since. He won well over 3m2f at Wincanton in
    January, and followed that up in February when he looked to have the race sewn up when
    falling 3 out.

    Still plenty of 20s about, or an extra 5th place with Skybet at 18/1. That will do for me.

    Well done Bobby Bluebell taking 16s for Sizing Coal, he is the biggest worry to me, but at
    5/1, like the other Bobby, I feel I’ve missed the boat there. If he drifts before the race
    I’d have a few quid on him to cover my bet.

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