November 9, 2011 at 11:32 #20180CavParticipant
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Good to have some flat action back today as the Winter 2011 season kicks off at Kempton and Southwell this afternoon. All races above tariff and decent/competitive sized fields and markets, particularly at Kempton.
Wish the forums much missed, Maxilon a good season at his beloved Southwell if circumstances permit.November 9, 2011 at 11:44 #376893
Not many sand lovers on here I don’t think, personally I love it. The 3.00 looks a stonking little race.
Talking of sand lovers where has Maxilon got to? Was only thinking recently haven’t seen him post in a whileNovember 9, 2011 at 11:54 #376894CavParticipant
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I’ll be looking to lay the Johnston beast at around evens in running in the mile nursery. Should blast off, but find it difficult to get home, particularly off a stiffish looking sand mark.November 9, 2011 at 12:10 #376895
Good luck with that! Artlana could be an interesting runner running for you off a feather at the bottom if she takes the surface on, dutch art generally does ok on AW though limited numbers around Southwell to dateNovember 9, 2011 at 12:11 #376896
Not many sand lovers on here I don’t think, personally I love it. (
I’ve got no problem with racing on ‘the sand’. Nearest course is 200 miles+ away though and I do prefer to have look at my horses in the flesh.
That being said, if I do bet on the all-weather it does tend to be at Southwell, the surface riding differently to everything else and you can pretty well put a line through form from other courses. This means that if you are prepared to do a bit of digging that there’s plenty of value to be had.
RobNovember 9, 2011 at 12:23 #376898
It certainly is unique, shame there isn’t a bit of a programme for it really.
Wasn’t their plans for a all weather course at Musselburgh that failed to get off the ground?November 9, 2011 at 12:48 #376903
There were plans for an all-weather course at Musselburgh, but there was much local opposition. General upheaval and nuisance from a floodlt track was one thing, and the fact that they would have b*****ed up one of the oldest established links golf courses in the world was another.
I would welcome an all-weather track in Scotland, but Musselburgh Links was definitely not the place to put it. I agree with the locals on this one.
I’d say that if any Scottish course was the place for an all-weather track it would be Ayr. Not sure the locals would be so keen though.
RobNovember 9, 2011 at 12:59 #376906AnonymousInactive
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I doubt Ayr would take much to the idea, and once I again perhaps the configuration might cause problems.
You might think that someone might suggest a new AW course in Scotland: there’d plenty to appeal about one placed between the two great metropolises, perhaps in those flat fields behind Falkirk. Mild temperatures, big catchment area, good transport links. Sounds attractive to me…November 9, 2011 at 13:28 #376907
Yes I suspect a new build would be the only answer but in current times I doubt very much whether it would be possible.
Perhaps the next built could be a dual purpose synthetic track, pollytrack inside, fibresand outside!November 9, 2011 at 15:44 #376918GlennParticipant
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Welcome back all-weather. It feels like you never went away………November 9, 2011 at 15:54 #376919
Ah, now that’s probably because it didn’t.
Funny how I seem to get the same feeling at the end of the National Hunt season…, or is that the start of the National Hunt season?November 10, 2011 at 01:30 #377016Ghost of Rob VParticipant
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All Weather Racing is always welcome with me.
Think I’d go insane if I had to endure nothing but NH for a few months.November 10, 2011 at 07:39 #377025okjoe57Participant
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All-weather racing under lights makes a great spectacle.
As for a track in Scotland, I have only ever been to one meeting north of the border. A beautiful day in July 2009 at Hamilton. The place looked wonderful, obviously well looked-after and had had plenty of investment but sadly, there weren’t many paying customers.
Looking at the map, Hamilton seems to be a satellite town for Glasgow. I was really surprised at the low turn-out.November 10, 2011 at 11:00 #377066simon100Member
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I must admit I’ve only been in to UK horse racing for a couple of years and I much prefer turf meeting and jumps in particular to the unnatural All Weather meetings. I suppose it’s a good alternative when the British winter kicks in like the first three weeks in December of 2010 when even the All Weather became the Not All Weather and all the meetings were a complete wash out.
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