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  • #21623
    Bachelors Hall
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    Shocking conditions at Punchestown. More like a swamp than a racecourse.

    Has anybody ever seen anything like this because I certainly haven’t.

    #402125
    okjoe57
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    It’ll be on youtube, how not to race horses

    #402133
    andyod
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    If allowed to race at Laytown why not Punchestown?

    #402134
    CrustyPatch
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    It’s odds-on that Alastair Down will declare at some point that conditions are more like a scene from the Battle of the Somme.
    He usually comes out with it at times like this.
    My other favourite of his is when he describes some seemingly doomed and hopeless task as being like the Retreat from Moscow.

    #402138
    nighthorse
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    Ridiculous conditions! Should have been abandoned.

    Having said that, I am amazed how many horses seem to be ploughing through it fairly ok. You would expect carnage in that ground but I don’t think there’s been more fallers than you would have got anyway, possibly less due to slower running.

    A quick "Thank You" to the Horse Gods for saving young Fahamore :D Really did think we’d kissed him goodbye but he only had his foot through the reins! Whew! :D

    #402143
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    Given how many iffy jumps and slips on landing there have been, it’s out of sheer luck that there haven’t been any serious injuries (that I’ve seen).

    I wonder how many of the young and very promising horses on show today will have been somewhat damaged by today’s exertions?

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    CarryOnKatie
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    Shocking conditions at Punchestown. More like a swamp than a racecourse.

    Has anybody ever seen anything like this because I certainly haven’t.

    2001 Grand National (Red Marauder) anyone?

    Ridiculous conditions! Should have been abandoned.

    Having said that, I am amazed how many horses seem to be ploughing through it fairly ok. You would expect carnage in that ground but I don’t think there’s been more fallers than you would have got anyway, possibly less due to slower running.

    A quick "Thank You" to the Horse Gods for saving young Fahamore :D Really did think we’d kissed him goodbye but he only had his foot through the reins! Whew! :D

    I’m no horse or ground expert but I think when it’s wet mud, horses can slosh through it. It’s when it starts to dry out again it becomes glue like.

    #402149
    yeats
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    Think those on track would know best, connections are most unlikely to risk their horses or jockeys their lives if it was dangerous.

    The time to worry is during the summer when they overwater flat tracks and produce false ground.

    #402151
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    Shocking conditions at Punchestown. More like a swamp than a racecourse.

    Has anybody ever seen anything like this because I certainly haven’t.

    2001 Grand National (Red Marauder) anyone?

    I remember that race well and I would say that it was a different kettle of fish entirely.

    The ground at Aintree was indeed very heavy but there weren’t any instances of standing water or slippery surfaces.

    #402154
    betlarge
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    Isn’t this just referred to as ‘Good, Good-to-Soft in Places’ in Ireland?

    Mike

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    Venusian
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    It’s when the ground just starts to dry up a little and becomes really glutinous that you need to start worrying about exhausted horses.

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    Miss Woodford
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    Did someone say standing water?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_byjEeCafY
    I was at the track that night, it was pouring rain and they delayed a race at one point for 30 minutes because of lightning. :shock: I’ve seen plenty of sloppy tracks, but that was a swimming pool. Not that it mattered to Russell Road.

    #402183
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    Looking forward to seeing At The Races coverage of racing from The Somme today, minus the cancelled chases.
    Didn’t see any of yesterday’s coverage so have set the video for the racing review from yesterday and the Irish angle programme, in the hope of seeing shots of some of the Punchestown ground. Should make interesting viewing.
    It’s certainly very bad luck on Punchestown that they have been hit by all this rain.

    #402199
    nighthorse
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    Today I’ll be waiting for the commentary that says

    "And it’s the brown horse, with the jockey in the brown colours, followed by another brown horse, then some more brown horses….."
    :lol:

    #402210
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    This is ridiculous. They were splashing through water yesterday and they still think it’s raceable today? I know it’s a big meeting, but surely this is unacceptable. Would Cheltenham or Ascot be racing in such conditions?

    #402226
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    To be fair, it looks a lot better than it did yesterday.

    I hope the officials are right about the cross country course though because that place is dangerous enough as it is.

    #402239
    Hurdygurdyman
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    I witnessed a great race today (Quevega) and thankfully racing did go ahead…..if they can race on snow in Sweden they can race in a bit of mud….Only 8 non runners and 4 of them were in a huge field says it all……..they didn’t call it off and neither they should have…..makes you wonder how many meeting have been cancelled in the UK that could easily have gone ahead and revenue wouldn’t have been lost.

    BTW those that didn’t run wasn’t because it was thought to be dangerous they simply don’t go on the ground.

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