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  • #1558715
    Marlingford
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    Everything seems to have to be turned into an emotional “story” nowadays; the presenting of racing is following much broader trends. If you can get them to cry a bit it’s even better! I agree it’s very wearying.

    #1558716
    The Tatling Cheekily
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    Boils my piss Martlingford. Everyone has problems in life. Its not a “story”.

    “What a remarkable heart wrenching story. The groom of Plumpton winner ‘Old Dobbin’ got binned off by her boyfriend for another (more attractive) stable girl, exactly 27.265 months today!”

    #1558717
    IanDavies
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    Quite possibly the most surreal race I have watched on mute was The Derby last year.

    Appalling aftertiming here, but I had backed Serpentine both win only and each way at 33/1, though he was by no means the only horse I backed in the race as I basically wanted to take on both the 2,000 Guineas winner and English King so had backed three or four sure stayers on form and/or pedigree at long odds.

    Anyway, not only is the sound silent but visually it’s an empty Epsom Downs, a kind of visual silence as well if you get my drift.

    I ran the full gamut of emotions watching in isolated silence.

    “He’s leading, this reminds me of Slip Anchor but he’s no Slip Anchor….still it’s a purposeful lead and I don’t think he’s just being a pacemaker….this is a strong pace but I don’t think it’s an insane pace….he’s really getting away from them, they’re allowing him one Hell of a lead here….he’s kicked for home, this looks unassailable….he’s getting a bit tired, but they’re not going to get to him….come on!”

    With absolutely and literally no one to instruct you and give you their take on what’s occurring, you have no choice but to get off the fence and form your own entirely independent views on what’s happening in front of you.

    It’s kinda isolating in some ways, some might even find it lonely, but it is gigantically satisfying when you get it right.

    You don’t have anyone telling you what’s going on, but you don’t NEED anyone telling you what’s going on – IMO that’s a great feeling.

    https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Personal-Blog/The-Point-to-Point-NH-Flat-racing-punter-105339604816039/

    #1558731
    Colin Phillips
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    Nice post, Ian, your after-timing is acceptable in this case.

    #1558739
    GSP
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    Marlingford – “In fact when they also cover a second meeting it seems like they are struggling to fit everything in”.

    Yes agree with all the presenters there chatting for chatting’s sake to justify them being there I can see that causes a problem. Too many mouths to slot in. Now, if there were just three or four there.

    #1558745
    Fellwalker45
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    Just read all these posts,and hardly a mention of the best off the lot,John Francome.brilliant,also more of Ruby and Kevin Blake.anyway raceing for me is not what it used to be,i loved it in the 50s,60s and 70s,seems over complicated these days.

    #1558753
    GSP
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    Yes totally agree Fellwalker45. Francome, Chapman one or two fairly ‘strong’ others that’s all it needs and a good commentator whose voice just blends in with the racing and not sounding like a scalded cat at the finish.

    #1558754
    IanDavies
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    “not sounding like a scalded cat at the finish.”

    A commendable aspiration, but I fear it’s a job criterion that, if rigorously enforced, will produce a very short short-list.

    https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Personal-Blog/The-Point-to-Point-NH-Flat-racing-punter-105339604816039/

    #1558755
    GSP
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    Yes ID, I think the commentators are pretty moderate at best. The better one(s) are still to be discovered.

    #1560571
    simonnott
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    I really enjoy that, he knows all the jockeys anyway so I doubt it phases them, it’s an aspect of racing that most people never got to see.

    #1561270
    Crepello1957
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    I am amazed that the racing from Newmarket is not covered today. The Jockey Club was always on and other important races. It is disappointing when they have shown so much dross during the summer, those evening meetings especially.

    #1561271
    apracing
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    Crepello,

    Is it possible you’re confusing the Listed race today, with the now defunct Grp 2 Jockey Club Cup that used to be run at Newmarket?

    The Jockey Club Cup, a great traditional race title that reappears all over the racing world (even the USA has a Jockey Club Cup), was replaced by the 2M race at Ascot on Champions Day.

    So instead of Jockey Club Cup, we have the Qipco British Champions Oh My God This Race Goes On For A Long Time Cup. But it is worth half a million quid, so that’s OK then.

    #1561281
    Crepello1957
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    I think I was confused…. but it is hard not to be. It was crazy to change Newmarket.

    #1561288
    AndyRAC
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    Wasn’t it run at the Cesarewitch meeting mid October, rather than the Cambridgeshire meeting? Saying that, I’m still confused by the changes…and can’t remember which races have gone were.

    This weekend in years gone by was Ascot’s 3 day festival, followed a week later by Newmarket, Longchamps, and Chepstow.

    #1561303
    Cork All Star
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    If I recall correctly, the Ascot meeting was billed as a Festival of British Racing. The QE2 was the centrepiece, now pushed back to mid-October.

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