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  • #11917
    % MAN
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    Catching up with my mails, I notice Goodwood are holding an interesting meeting on September 13th.

    An eight race card with all eight races being handicaps over different distances from 5f through to 2m, and with a maximum rating in each race of 85.

    The only other qualifying condition is the horse has to be in the ownership of an ROA member.

    There is a £100,000 bonus available for the horse which records the best time of the day in relation to the RP Standard time.

    First entries close tomorrow at £150 a horse, increasing to £250 until August 12th, then £1,000 until final decs.

    If an entered horse subsequently rises above 85 their entry fee is refunded.

    It looks to be an interesting initiative.

    #237076
    Prufrock
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    Do you know which distances the races will be run over?

    Not exactly giving away trade secrets here in saying that some of the RP standard times are easier to achieve than others.

    #237082
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    1.30pm ROA Speed Bonus Prosperity Stakes 4 Handicap 3-y-o+ 66-85 £10,000 7f

    2.00pm ROA Speed Bonus Opportunity Stakes 4 Handicap 3-y-o+ 66-85 £10,000 6f

    2.35pm ROA Speed Bonus Celebration Stakes 4 Handicap 3-y-o+ 66-85 £10,000 1m

    3.10pm ROA Speed Bonus Bonus Prize Stakes 4 Handicap 3-y-o+ 66-85 £10,000 5f

    3.45pm ROA Speed Bonus Juvenile Nursery Stakes 4 Handicap 2-y-o 0-85 £10,000 7f

    4.20pm ROA Speed Bonus Good Luck Stakes 4 Handicap 3-y-o+ 66-85 £10,000 2m

    4.55pm ROA Speed Bonus Takes All Stakes 4 Handicap 3-y-o+ 66-85 £10,000 1m 4f

    5.30pm ROA Speed Bonus Lucky Winner Stakes 4 Handicap 3-y-o+ 66-85 £10,000 1m 2f

    #237083
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    That’s a fantastic bonus for that grade of horse- is that funded by the racecourse itself or is sponsorship involved? Great initiative- bet AP will have a bash with Salute!

    #237084
    Prufrock
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    thanks

    #237087
    % MAN
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    That’s a fantastic bonus for that grade of horse- is that funded by the racecourse itself or is sponsorship involved? Great initiative- bet AP will have a bash with Salute!

    Looking at the race names and the fact the winning owner has to be an ROA member – I strongly suspect the ROA are contributing towards it.

    Just done a bit more digging and it looks as though they hope to raise the majority of the money from entries.

    #237089
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    They’d better hope there are a lot of late entries then- 300 entries at £150 only gets you to £45k….

    #237091
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    They’d better hope there are a lot of late entries then- 300 entries at £150 only gets you to £45k….

    There is a small print that they have to get a minimum of £50k for the bonus to stand

    #237097
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    I don’t see that offering £80,000 to the horse clocking the fastest ‘per furlong’ time (relative to RP standard) is much of an initiative, especially when it’s limited to ROA members at an inconveniently located racecourse, but at least somebody is trying something.

    #237123
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    Carvills,

    Sorry to disappoint, but I looked at this scheme and concluded that the 2M winner has about zero chance of being the overall winner of the bonus. It would need at least one or more of the runners to commit suicide by setting a strong pace to produce the sort of time necessary.

    It’s also unlikely that Salute will run again on turf anyway – his elderly joints are more comfortable on dead flat Polytrack circuits. He’s running tomorrow at Kempton and his program for the next few months will only involve Kempton and Wolverhampton.

    AP

    #246757
    Tuffers
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    Anyone know why this was cancelled?

    #246758
    apracing
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    Lack of interest. Or to put it another way, not enough mugs prepared to pay up front for something that seemed to be pretty much a lottery.

    AP

    #246990
    Romney Marsh
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    In other words, just goes to show how much the ROA, Fabricius or Goodwood’s ‘bigger than thou’ Buckley know about times and how their merits work out in relation to all the other races run the same day.

    Not unlike the RUK crew back in the studio, to be honest.

    #247073
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    Happy,

    There was no prior consultation with ROA members so far as I’m aware. I’m a member and the first I heard about it was in the monthly magazine when it was announced.

    AP

    #247081
    Prufrock
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    ditto.

    I was thinking of writing to Paul Dixon about it but guessed, correctly as it happens, that the thing would meet the fate it deserved anyway.

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