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    what a days racing we have on saturday but a shame that its two big meetings on the same day.
    its the best renewal of the betfair chase at Haydock but is right for a grade one to be run over trolly fences and a hairpin home bend? but then i guess for £200,000 trainers would run up blackpool beach.
    with the becher chase dumped into december maybe the betfair should have moved onto becher day in november..what a day that would be.
    over at Ascot its the third running in its new guise of the amlin chase and a race that must be pushing for grade one status,it at least deserves it more than februarys ascot chase a race that is now overshawdowed by the ryanair.

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    Ironic that both the meetings at Ascot and Haydock used to form one of the BBC’s best double-header jumps days until recently. Now both are on Channel 4.
    The BBC regularly used to team Ascot and Haydock, on the Flat and over jumps, until giving up the ghost on most of its jump racing, apart from the Grand National meeting and the reinstated coverage of Chepstow’s Welsh National meeting. What a turnaround now that Channel 4 has all the Ascot TV jumping and now, I remember reading, apparently covers more Ascot days than the BBC, which was traditionally instantly recognisable as the TV channel for Ascot.
    As the BBC’s race commentator Jim McGrath might say, the BBC is now definitely "further back in the field" as regards Ascot TV coverage (not to mention "out deeper on the track"). Having said that, the Beeb does have the most prestigious days (and the delights of the polished, articulate and professional Willie Carson, of course).

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