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    moehat
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    Jac: BBC4 seem to be having a Pet Shop Boys evening. Assume it is all on catchup. Annoyingly when they headlined Glastonbury it wasn’t on catchup for very long afterwards…

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    I hope you had a good day at Newmarket last Thursday Jac!

    I see Willie Mullins ONLY has eighteen runners at Ayr today. :wacko: I guess he wants to take the English jump trainers championship as well.

    Good Luck with any bets today and with your comp picks too!

    Take Care Everyone!

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    Thanks Moe :good: .I recorded the Pet Shop Boys at the BBC evening, they were fantastic and loved the ones which included Dusty Springfield and the one they specially wrote for Liza Minelli’s comeback Broadway Show…has anyone got a more deadpan face than Chris Lowe..lol.. 😅🤣😂

    Andre.. I had a fantastic day at Newmarket on Craven Day even though the winners were hard to find, it turned out that a lot of the locally trained horses which I usually follow were needing their first run and there were a lot of ‘fat tummies’ in the parade ring. Richard Hannon Hateem’s trainer certainly has his horses fit and ready apart from Shouldvebeenaring :wacko: who I backed in The Abernant against Darren’s flying Washington Heights.

    I was disappointed with the bad run of Native Approach in The Craven but I did manage to find two winners and a place on the day which left me with a small loss at the end of the day..but confident I’ll get that back next time. :good: Not really any notebook horses for Thursday (apart from Spycatcher who
    will progress from that first run) but I’ll be watching the reruns tomorrow if I get time of the whole 3 days looking for a few clues for next time.. :good:

    Managed to get of the mark in Select 3 Horses with my Nap the lovely Hamish coming home…love that horse and noticed he was your first Reserve today Andre so hoping you had a non runner… :heart:

    Looks like Willie Mullins has nabbed the English Championship from Dan Skelton by winning the Scottish National Andre he’s unstoppable. B-)

    Graham that was a terrific run by Spycatcher in The Abernant and as mentioned so many horses needing their first run of the season he looks set to run a big one next time and looked impressive in the parade ring. :good:

    Looking forward to the flat season ahead and the new Godolphin competition starting soon.. :good:
    Hope everyone is keeping well..Fingers crossed this week has been a good one for us.
    Jac :rose:

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    There’s a listed race running at the Curragh over 7f at 4pm
    today. There are only 6 horses running and the ground is heavy.
    Step forward my Irish pal Big Gossey, who one bookmaker, Bet365,
    reckons the c/d winner, who loves the Curragh is an 18/1 shot. All
    I can say, is thankyou, I’m in with a wedge :unsure:

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    Glad you had another enjoyable day at Newmarket Jac! We all know how much you love your days there. :good: Hannon always seems to get a quick start with his horses each new flat season. No winners for me in the Pick 3 – I picked the wrong Mullins horses :scratch:

    For some reason I find it funny (& somewhat sad) that Willie Mullins can win the trainers championship in England – what does that say about the sorry state of English jump racing – or maybe he’s even better that we already know he is! :wacko:

    Good Luck with Big Gossey Graham! He certainly seems over-priced at 20/1!

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    He certainly is Andre, I’ve had a 2nd bite at 20s too. I might get egg on my face
    but I know I will get a good run from Gossey who always gives his all. He’s a
    beautiful big grey, and he reminds me a bit of Highland Hunter. I hope he’s
    running free over huge perfect pastures. He’ll never be forgotten.

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    Shame about Big Gossey Graham, he never seemed interested in getting into the mix today. :scratch:

    Talking about ‘cliff horses’ guess who is running at..
    Musselburgh 6.45 this evening..
    ARECIBO :heart: 22/1 EW – 4 Places

    He has just changed stables from Robert Cowell to Declan Carroll who has set up a small syndicate just comprising 2 x horses at this moment in time..Arecibo and Whogoesthere who ran 3rd at Southwell for the syndicate recently. It’s run at cost without management fees and has a handful of like minded folk who look as though they really love their horses…I think my lovely boy has found a good home for his latter years and hope he gives them a first win tonight or at least a place.
    I think Silkie Wilkie will be the one to beat but if Arecibo is on his ‘A’ game (and he really needs to be after 27 defeats) then he could spring a nice surprise for his new owners. :rose:
    I’ll be watching with everything crossed..
    He is really well in at the weights for his first run of the season Jac :good:

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    Arghhhh so close…what a race I hoped he might hold on but very proud of Arecibo today :rose: :rose: :rose:
    Jac

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    I follow Arecibo too but hadn’t noticed that he was running today. Hadn’t realised that Tom Morley had sold him. I started following him when Tom was on W Hill racing and got a lot of stick for paying quite a lot for him. He was really interesting on the radio. At first I found him a bit dry but then found him very informative when talking about the sort of horses he buys and what to look for when betting on unraced horses etc. I miss him now he’s no longer on it.

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    Trip any views on card at Sandown this week some nice group races

    NOSTRUM 3/1 BET365 Mile
    FLYING HONOURS 4/1 Gordon Richards
    MACDUFF 6/1 Classic trail

    Anyone been to Sandown before I might be going there for the 1st time next month for big Thursday night at Brigedear Gérard night.

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    All I can remember about Sandown is watching the race from the last fence, not having the faintest idea who had won ( bit like the only time I went to Aintree for the National) only to get home and find that my husband hadn’t recorded it.

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    I didn’t know Arecibo had changed hands until this morning Moe when he came up on my Tracker. At nine years old I was hoping he might have had a nice retirement lined up but not yet.
    I wish him well with Declan Carroll’s syndicate.

    Darren..I’ve only been to Sandowns once a long time ago and can only remember that the race viewing is very good. I’ll take a look at the runners.
    You just have to believe that Flying Honours is better than his last race. :good: Best of luck :good:

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    Tom doesn’t hang onto his horses for long. I think he’s cut back quite a bit recently. He seems to own the horses with his mum and he never actually goes racing. W Hill racing was such good fun during the pandemic, especially as they were all working from home and there would be dogs barking in the background. Stephen always used to start talking really quiet during the evening racing and it was because his kids were going to bed. I don’t think Tom wanted to carry on doing it when they were back in the studio.

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    The Pandemic was a dreadful thing and I would never want those days back but what it did do was bring people closer together and make us think about others creating a great Community spirit. I think people have become kinder and more caring since and everyone had to rethink the way they went about their daily lives, like you Moe sitting listening to WH radio presented from a family home and not a cold studio must have been like having your best friends round for dinner to discuss the races over a bottle
    of wine 🍷 🍷 (or two!!). :rose: Jac

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    Something about Arecibo popped up on one of my favourite podcasts, Hypnogoria, so I googled it. Had no idea what it was’The Arecibo Observatory, also known as the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) and formerly known as the Arecibo Ionosphere Observatory, is an observatory in Barrio Esperanza, Arecibo, Puerto Rico owned by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
    The observatory’s main instrument was the Arecibo Telescope, a 305 m (1,000 ft) spherical reflector dish built into a natural sinkhole, with a cable-mount steerable receiver and several radar transmitters for emitting signals mounted 150 m (492 ft) above the dish. Completed in 1963, it was the world’s largest single-aperture telescope for 53 years, surpassed in July 2016 by the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China. Following two breaks in cables supporting the receiver platform in mid-2020, the NSF decommissioned the telescope. A full collapse of the telescope occurred on December 1, 2020, before either repairs or controlled demolition could be conducted. In 2022, the NSF announced the telescope will not be rebuilt, with an educational facility to be established on the site.
    The observatory also includes a smaller radio telescope, a LIDAR facility, and a visitor center, which remained operational after the telescope’s collapse.[3][4] The asteroid 4337 Arecibo is named after the observatory by Steven J. Ostro, in recognition of the observatory’s contributions to the characterization of Solar System bodies.[5]’

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    Stephen was racecalling at Kelso a while back. I told him that WHill racing radio had kept me sane during the pandemic when it started up again and he said ‘me too!’. I’ve known him ever since he used to help out at the sadly defunct Midlands Racing Club. I’m so pleased to see him doing so well. We bumped into him at Newmarket when he was working there. Had been on a tour of Newmarket which was part of my retirement present. When we spoke to him the tour guide (who’d been telling us all sort of gossip) said ‘ you’re not press are you’. He was safe anyway because nothing that people tell me stays in my memory long enough for me to repeat them anyway.

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    Jac thanks for giving Spycathcher the once over in the parade ring. I’m glad he was
    looking good, he ran a terrific race. I think had he been drawn over the other side
    he may have won, but it was a great run nonetheless. :good:

    I was disappointed with Big Gossey, he likes to get to the front and he’s a relentless
    galloper. The race just didn’t work out for him, he did have it open from the start
    but then Aiden O’Briens Henry Adams and Patricck o’brien’s San Andreas pulled over
    and as he was on the rail and with Mutasarref sitting on his right side, he had nowhere
    to go until about 2f out when the O’brien pair faded and he ran on. He’s not a last furlong
    Spencer kind of run, he gallops and at the Curragh they have to be good to catch him or he
    mounts a run from 2 or 3f out if there is daylight ahead of him. He’s 7 now so there’s the
    chance he might just be on the slide but I think it was just was a race that didn’t work out
    for him.

    That was a great run by Aracibo Jac and Moe. He looks super tough and just lost out. I think
    he’s one to watch for next time. He may be 9 years old but doesn’t look to have lost any of his
    fight.

    I think you’re right about the Pandemic Jac and Moe, I think peeople realise that we’re all a lot
    more vulnerable and in a way, as horrible as it was, it’s taught us to appreciate what we have and
    not take it for granted. It can so easily be taken away from us. Stick together and hope for the
    best, that’s all we can do :rose:

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