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    cormack15cormack15
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    From 0 (hardly even know it’s on, couldn’t care less) to 10 (been thinking about nothing else for months, love it) how would you rate your engagement with the Breeders’ Cup?

    #1473728
    He Didnt Like Ground
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    3 …honestly I’d rather have bet on all weather at Newcastle

    #1473750
    Marginal Value
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    It is usually 9 or 10 because I like top class racing with top class horses. This year it is just a 6, because the Europeans especially, and other countries too, have decided that money is not everything, and kept their best horses at home. Coupling this with the facts that the three-year-old crop in the USA appears to be below standard, and their four-year-old cohort contains very few stars, means that it is probably the weakest Breeders Cup in decades.

    The only item of great interest for me is Code of Honor, who did so well as a two-year-old last year despite being about as late a foal as possible. He is still progressing now and will probably be a terrific four-year-old, and might just take the Classic today, before he has another winter maturing.

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    moehat
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    Does seem to be a bit disappointing this year but I remember watching the race that Lester won on, was it, Royal Academy on a tv set in a house in Birmingham;that sparked my interest… then struggled, pre internet to find places that showed it.Of course there was Dayjur’s near miss and then the Zenyatta years. So, along with the Melbourne Cup that I stay up all night listening to [even did so when I was at work that day] it’s been part of my racing life for a long time.

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    TongeTonge
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    I would have rated it 9-10 when it was on terrestrial TV. I may not have bothered following it at all this year if it wasn’t for the competition on here.

    #1473759
    chestnut
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    1 the different drug rules in US puts me off.

    #1473765
    Cork All Star
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    Agree with chestnut. I cannot get past the lasix issue. Good luck to anyone playing but it is not for me.

    #1473771
    clivexx
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    4. I’m not as hostile to the event as some but the jumps have kicked off and was at ascot today. You can’t realistically follow everything

    Been my strategy and desire to narrow down the area that I give a lot of attention to

    #1473774
    SteeplechasingSteeplechasing
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    Hugely uneven playing field for Euro team even though the option is there for using Lasix. The drug is used throughout the season on the USA horses who must be well used to it. If I recall correctly, American trainers were offered 7lbs allowance per Lasix free horse – not a single one accepted the offer.

    Add to that the rampant capitalism that saw a relatively safe tapeta track replaced with a cheaper and much less safe one and I have little appetite for this these days.

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    #1473910
    Red Rum 77Red Rum 77
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    Watched it on Sky Sports Racing, but had little interest apart from Nathan’s comp. My score reflects my keen interest so 1 then.

    It’s the National Hunt which has peeked my interest.

    #1473921
    TriptychTriptych
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    Probably a 3 this year David as I was worried about the track record of injured horses and was relieved that Magical didn’t run. Also like others don’t agree with the Lasix issue..
    a bit of a non event this year and if it hadn’t have been for Nathan’s comp wouldn’t have taken that much interest..Jac

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    #1473922
    Nathan HughesNathan Hughes
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    Was lower than normal for me this year too
    I even asked the boy if he wanted to go and watch the firework display, he declined so I went around Fathers for a few hours doing a bit of work and caught up with things later on. I did have a little interest betting wise in a few races including Vino Rosso Ante Post at 12’s and also done the annual competition so I’d say my engagement was about a 4 but to be fair horse racing in general has been a bit lower for me overall. I’m putting it down to the incredible run of results of Liverpool football club and also Somerset County Cricket Club as well as personal stuff I’m busy with too.

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    #1473936
    TriptychTriptych
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    I agree that this flat season has been the worst I can remember for a long time, with so many high profile horses lost it’s certainly been the saddest, at least footballer’s legs mend if they break Nathan, maybe I should start taking an interest.

    Also I’m downgrading my interest to 0 David having just learn’t of the death in the last race of the night the Breeders Cup Classic of Mongolian Groom :-(

    I’m sure we all remember the sad loss of George Washington in bog like conditions at the Breeders Cup Monmouth Park, that broke my heart and I have never watched Breeders Cup in the same light since.
    Jac

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    #1473938
    raymo61raymo61
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    Have to say it is probably a six for me!!
    I always enter the competition and have a few bets but with it not having any European superstars this year the interest waned somewhat

    #1474672
    KrisKris
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    I’ve tried, I’ve really tried, but I feel my interest waning over the last 2 or 3 years.

    I can understand posters like Kez, who clearly loves US Racing, looking forward to it, but I think if it wasn’t for Nathan’s competition, a lot of us wouldn’t bother.

    I would have said maybe 5 for me in the past, but after the last two years, I would give it a 1, and that’s me being generous.

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