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  • #715
    Stormont
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    Seemed to take forever to get here, but so happy its here now.

    A very good card to get the carnival started today. Some very nice English and Irish horses running.

    The Maktoum Challenge round 1 is the main race of the card and i hope Parole Board will take all the beating, he showed fantastic form in 2005 and was thought as the winner of the UAE Derby that year but wasn’t to be. His form tailed off last year but he came back with a bang a couple of weeks ago and looked very good.

    Notability should be there or there abouts on his first start for Godolphin, if he handles the surface.

    I hope the quirky character Parasol (remember him over here!) does well earlier on the card, Richy Mullen gets on well with him, and Doug Watson is strong handed in the race. I expect him to go well if he is in the mood!

    Many of the races are tricky, but like last year id advise people not to discount the south american horses, they are usually over priced because people don’t know too much about the form and most of the time it is some of the best form on offer.

    Good luck if anyone is punting on the card today, stuff the crappy cards at Ludlow and Wolverhampton today IMO

    #36137
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    Formal decree should be interesting.

    A little on Yassood perhaps at much too migh prices, imho.

    Also, might have a little flutter on Pentecost in the first.

    #36138
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    Mount Hadley won a 2yo maiden at Leicester last backend that I think will work out pretty well so I’ll be monitoring closely to see how he gets on against the likes of Traffic Guard and Champlain.

    #36139
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    More of a watching brief for me, but looking forward to it.

    A couple that could go well

    <br>Interesting to see if Traffic Guard can get back on track in the Conditions, he should take to Dirt, but it’s always an unknown regarding the kickback, which can be severe here

    <br>The 5.05 looks tricky and it will be interesting to see how Impeller handles the Dirt, but R Hill mount Mutasallil must have decent claims

    #36140
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    I was really looking forward to seeing Vampiro in the 4.05 but that doesn’t go now. He will be one to keep an eye on through the rest of the carnival.

    Was speaking to Doug Watson on a different forum the other day, he says all his horses are in great form. Iqte Saab will be out for most if not all of the UAE season, however.

    #36141
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    For those interested in the Dubai Carnival, an excellent website imo,

    http://www.emiratesracing.com/era/index.cfm

    (Edited by empty wallet at 1:51 pm on Jan. 18, 2007)

    #36142
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    First race to the Brits. Obe Brave, lived up to his name to make almost all under a brilliant Ted Durcan ride.

    #36143
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    Aye, rides track well, got in the right possi for the way the race was run

    <br>Stan Moores Azarole ran ok, but i get the feeling they may be needing it,  i’m still gonna back Traffic Guard to min stakes though

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    #36144
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    I can’t choose between Champlain and Country song. Both high class juveniles over here, both bred to go on the dirt.

    Might just plump for the later as he one first time out over here and may just goe better fresh than Champlain……… so if i were you id lump on Champlain now ive discarded it!!!!!

    #36145
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    Well done DJ for putting Mount Hadley up, ran very well at a nice price.

    Traffic Guard ran well.

    Champlain last……. which im glad about.

    The winner looks as if he good be a very live contender for the guineas now.

    #36146
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    I am glad some people are enjoying this flavour of racing.  Not for me.

    No doubt we will be subjected to some of the Terry Spargo clichés in the coming months from the likes of our Mark Johnson (Mr Shouty as he is known in another place).  ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“The starter caught them in a good lineâ€ÂÂ

    #36147
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    Connections of Traffic Guard must be pleased with that, didn’t see TG before, but  winner looked extremely fit on pics and looks a decent animal

    #36148
    Stormont
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    The winner did look very fit indeed. so maybe the win wasn’t as impressive as it first looked.

    Indochine in this for me (nap) love all this south american form, as you have probably worked out!

    the 7/2 i took earlier looks good now

    (Edited by Stormont at 4:34 pm on Jan. 18, 2007)

    #36149
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    Never mind what Mount Hadley did today. Wait until you see what the runner-up from that Leicester maiden (Cabinet) does from a handicap mark of 82. :biggrin:

    #36150
    Stormont
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    Quote: from davidjohnson on 4:51 pm on Jan. 18, 2007[br]Never mind what Mount Hadley did today. Wait until you see what the runner-up from that Leicester maiden (Cabinet) does from a handicap mark of 82. :biggrin:

    Are we likely to see this in a handicap though? Knowing something of Stoute’s it will be handed a listed assignment first time, or something like that. But an interesting prospect no less. I don’t remember that Leicester maiden for some reason.

    Lets hope Parasol goes in now, one of my favourite horses in training, don’t ask why

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