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  • in reply to: How good is War Command? #448223

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    The Coventry is proving a flop if you ask me.And nobody did.

    How do you think the form of the Coventry has worked out Andy? :D

    in reply to: What are you listening to? #448100

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    I’ve been listening to The Dreaming recently [was played on Radio 6 a few weeks back and got me listening to it again]. Very underrated and ahead of it’s time, wasn’t it?

    Probably my favourite of her albums. I loved it from the word go. Music critics of the day accused her of ‘over producing’ the album. My favourite track from the album was the Jack Nicholas inspired ‘Get Out Of my House’

    Currently (It changes all the time.) my favourite KB track is probably ‘Hello Earth’.

    … or is it ‘Blow Away’? :?

    :D :D :D

    in reply to: Prix Jacques Le Marois 2013 #448078

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    Dawn Approach to be followed home by Moonlight Cloud for me.

    Whatever the result the contemplation makes for an exciting race. Can’t wait!

    in reply to: Toronado. Bettter Than Dawn Approach…..? #448077

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    "Who loves ya Baby" Was that Colombo Grimes??

    I think it was Kojack, Gordon. Yes, pretty sure.

    ‘How about the one from The Professionals with Bodie and Doyle.." Is that a Gun in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me",Classic lines Grimes!’

    I think that was stolen from Roger Rabbit

    , spoken by a Lauren Backall look-a-like. I didn’t actually see the film, but the trailer was on TV often enough.

    I don’t remember the Steptoe one, but I imagine it was the young one, just before stomping off in a huff! They both looked the part, but the old boy in particular.

    My wife and I used to laugh when Colombo began blethering about Mrs Colombo, who you never got to see.

    Peter Falk was some character. I believe he’d worked as a small-time pool hustler at one time. Apparently, immediately after WWII, presumably before the Iron Curtain fell, Falk and his girl-friend went to Tito’s Yugoslavia to help build a rail-road there.

    Anyway, some years later, he applied for a job with the CIA. And when he mentioned his Yugoslavian adventure, the CIA bloke nearly went barmy! (or ‘bananas’: another catch-phrase of yore) Falk said, ‘You mean they wouldn’t let me into DC?’ The CIA interviewer exploded, ‘DC? They wouldn’t let you into Washington State!’

    Did you ever see one of his films on the box called, The In-Laws? One of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. The first hour actually. It tapers off a lot after that. If you haven’t try and catch it.

    The funniest line, imo, was when he had inveigled his very buttoned-up brother-in-law to break into the Pentagon with him. His brother-in-law, looking at a photo on the wall with Falk, John Kennedy and others with the inscription underneath, Bay of Pigs crew. He said to Falk, ‘Wow! Were you in the Bay of Pigs op?’ ‘Was I in it?’ Falk replied. ‘It was my idea!’

    I’ve got a sneaking suspicion it was a quip from notorious man-eater Mae West over fifty years earlier than that??

    in reply to: Nassau 2013 #447645

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    I find the discussion over whether Winsili would have won if Sky Lantern could have gotten out of Jail, to quote an article in the Manchester G, most interesting.
    Surely this discussion would be moot with one simple rule if applied to all .It has to do with all horses being required to keep a straight line and not be allowed to wander or be ridden into the line of any other horse.Simple as that.Is that too difficult to do? Are jockeys able to keep their mounts running in a straight line? If disqualified often enough they would learn or be required to seek employment elsewhere.

    The simple answer is to extend the starting stalls from the start, all the way to the finishing line. That way every horse is forced to stay in its own stall/lane and cannot interfere with any other runner. Not such a good system if you have a horse who doesn’t like the stalls but a Monty Roberts rug, liberally greased up, should prevent chaffing on the sides of the stalls.

    Of course Elusive Kate will be slithering along one side of the stall the whole way and may need a self lubricating system fitted to stop her catching fire due to the friction.

    I’m open to suggestions regarding refining my patent on this system which I am calling:-

    The Easy Greasy No Interference Starting Stall Lane System

    Now that was bloody funny! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


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    Thanks Hammy. I class myself a pro at scoring this comps although mistakes can happen from time to time…. I hope there’s no enquiry’s into the results, no one has flagged up any wrong scores yet which is always a bonus not having to go back over it all again. My advised to anyone scoring these comps is to keep all the paper work of the scoring until the end.

    Yeah you have to feel sorry for itsconnor there an inspired selection and so close. My tactics were to just follow Richard Hughes but still managed to ignore Wentworth and Pether Moon both reserves.

    I can’t begin to imagine the work involved in administering a comp like that over five days Nathan. It would be way beyond a clumsy one-fingered typist like myself. Speaking personally I have ultimate confidence in your scoring. :)

    in reply to: Nassau 2013 #447562

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    Sky Lantern was already beaten (I thought she was too much on her toes before the race . Obviously not ideal when trying a new longer trip out.) but it’s made a tailor made excuse for Hughes and the Hannon camp. :roll:

    I thought Hot Snap could have been a lot closer. Tom had her too far off the pace for my money, although I expect the rolling camber made it difficult to get her in the right place.

    I’m in profit with the place money but a bit disappointed that I didn’t collect. I have to admit I was more confident than I perhaps let on. So much so that I picked out my new fishing boat prior to the race and thought I only had to collect. :(

    I’d have thought she would get a bit further too Steve no?

    oh well.maybe you can afford a new fishing rod. I anticipated she would be held up

    No mate, I did my profit and a bit more besides on Lady Cecil’s in the New 4.40, so it will have to be a pond net! :D


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    Brilliant stuff Nathan a well deserved win and just reward for all of your efforts. As Alan Partridge once said:

    "You certainly know your onions!"

    :D

    I really enjoyed the meeting and of course the competition. I came close to putting Rex Imperator in so had a near miss, though I’m sure several others did the same with their selections. I watched it on the TV and had to feel for itsconnor28 in the second race. I was convinced Take Cover had got it until they called it second, at 50/!!! I hope you had a good place bet Connor. :)

    Thanks again Nathan. :)

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    Sky Lantern was already beaten (I thought she was too much on her toes before the race . Obviously not ideal when trying a new longer trip out.) but it’s made a tailor made excuse for Hughes and the Hannon camp. :roll:

    I thought Hot Snap could have been a lot closer. Tom had her too far off the pace for my money, although I expect the rolling camber made it difficult to get her in the right place.

    I’m in profit with the place money but a bit disappointed that I didn’t collect. I have to admit I was more confident than I perhaps let on. So much so that I picked out my new fishing boat prior to the race and thought I only had to collect. :(

    I’d have thought she would get a bit further too Steve no?

    in reply to: Did Anyone See Moviesta On Friday? #447526

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    Wish I’d taken note of your advice Steve. The horse hosed up!

    Great evaluation as ever, well done. :)

    Thanks Hammy, another one added to my Stewards Enquiry collection as well!

    Must have your own klaxon by now… :D

    in reply to: Nassau 2013 #447525

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    Could be a Cecil double on the cards today if Hot Snap comes good.. The lad that does ‘Spiritoftomitoul’ (New 4.40pm) won’t hear of it being beat.

    in reply to: Nassau 2013 #447437

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    Just read a report that says she may get pulled if the going is really firm, so you might have been right after all Sir Harry. :(

    I’m not sure why the position has changed as the going in the Guineas wasn’t used as an excuse for her poor showing at the time, but perhaps Lady Cecil has a different view.

    …here’s hoping it’s rained there overnight then. :)

    in reply to: Toronado. Bettter Than Dawn Approach…..? #447412

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    Not really Ginge, as I said, the complexities of ratings etc are beyond my limited intelligence. All I know is that one horse has beaten the other twice and

    picked up a classic

    . On that evidence alone I have the horse as the better of the two.

    Hammy,
    In a "Classic" horse A beats… horse B by 1 length, with the over all distance back to horse C being 2 lengths, horse D 3 lengths and horse E 4 lengths…

    Horse A then goes on to run in a Group 1 and beat horse E by only 1/2 a length. Yet horse A beats horses B, C and D by exactly the same distances as the "Classic"…

    And then they meet again in another Group 1 and this time horse E beats horse A by 2 lengths. With horse A ONCE AGAIN beating all the other horses by exactly the same distances as the "Classic"…

    The form shown by horse A is exactly the same in all 3 races, horse A beats horse E in 2 of the 3 races. But horse E has shown improvement to first finish 1/2 a length behind horse A, and then show better form by beating him in the last race.

    Rating horses is done by rating one horse against the next. It does not matter if it is a "Classic" or Group 1 or whatever.

    None of my posts on this thread have intended to dispute your ratings assessment Ginge. I’m sure you have the sums and conclusions correct. I wouldn’t doubt your logic for a minute.

    My point was that ratings generally seem to me a questionable way of assessing horses. particularly, as in this instance, if they lead the racing follower to conclude that a horse that has won two out of three races against another horse of the same age (One being in one of the five most prestigious races in the English racing calendar.) is the inferior of the two race horses.

    And of course I don’t agree with the conclusion your ratings lead you to arrive at. IMO, at least at this point, Dawn Approach is the better horse, and the more successful.

    In all honesty I have never been convinced by the idea that you can quantify horse racing performances with hard and fast figures. There are just too many variables to consider. Horses are not mechanical after all. They are flesh and blood and heir to a thousand natural shocks etc. I don’t see how you can reliably apply mathematics to their evaluation. If the ratings system was in anyway a reliable way of evaluating performance then people like yourself would pretty soon all be wealthy men.

    …are you a wealthy man Ginge? :D

    in reply to: Nassau 2013 #447375

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    Any danger of firm ground?

    Do you mean for Hot Snap?

    If so I don’t think the going in the 1000 Guineas was given the blame for her poor showing. Apparently she just hadn’t seemed her usual self prior to the race and just didn’t run to form.

    Tomorrow’s race is a hot contest but at 9/1 I think she represents a great EW bet. I suppose the biggest concern is the longer trip at which she’s untried, but I know she is still extremely highly regarded up at Warren Place and they are looking forward to the race.

    I wouldn’t want to put anyone off their own fancy, but I’ve had a bit of a punt myself.

    …here’s hoping. :)

    in reply to: Did Anyone See Moviesta On Friday? #447369

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    Get on Moviesta for the King George Steve.
    Travels so well at 6f to suggest worth a bet at around 9/1 to see if 5f is OK.

    The Draw at Goodwood’s Festival meeting is a funny one. I’ve also backed Swiss Spirit drawn high (17) and Glas Office (10) and Ladies Are Forever (8), so hedging my bets. But (imo) a high draw is only best on the first two days of the Festival meeting.

    After they take the false rail down on the far side, a low draw is little (if any) disadvantage. Middle is also just as good if not better than stand side once it’s been raced on for a couple of days. First two in the Richmond came up the centre, with stand side horses nowhere. Suspect it will be more to do with where the "best" pace is.

    There’s pace (imo) from draws 1, 3, 4, 8?, 12?, 13 and 15. With the more fancied pace horses drawn 1 Tickled Pink and Masamah in 4. So Moviesta in 5 should be towed in to the race quite nicely. Bungleinthejungle in 15 might be able to get the stands side rail, like he did in the Molecombe last year. But is he good enough? I think not.

    Top stuff Ginge! Unfortunately I couldn’t see past the Lady Cecil horse. :(

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