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  • #1480476
    BigGBigG
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    Yes Jack, it had started off in the Horseracing Forum when Steeplechasing opened the thread to
    inform us about the competition. I started a TRF league on the TTTF site and was updating it there
    but it was moved to the Competitions Forum by one of the mods, which made sense. I know you were
    having some problems with the TTTF site, it certainly wasn’t the easiest to navigate round. Did you
    manage to get a Stable entered?. If you did I’d have no problems at all if you wanted to join the
    league at this stage, I know it was your intention from the beginning. There are only a couple of
    Stables in our league that I’m not sure who they are from, I’m assuming neither is yourself.

    #1480578
    jackh1092jackh1092
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    Thanks- i did just join it the other day. Did a Jack H Stable0 join?

    Twitter: Jackh1092
    Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!

    #1480727
    BigGBigG
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    Sorry I didn’t notice your post from yesterday earlier jack. Yes your stable is in the
    league now in 2nd position on 189.9. Best of luck mate :good:

    #1481260
    BigGBigG
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    Sorry bit late as we will soon be heading into week 9, but here’s the lowdown from week 8.
    Our late arrival to the league, Jackh, plays a stunner with a nice win by Carefully Selected
    at Naas on Sunday who was having a good duel with Spyglass Hill until that one departed late
    on. I think CS would have prevailed in any case. A few mone points for Jack after a bloodless
    win by Allaho who looks quite smart. I reckon he’s Cheltenham bound now Jack and the Ballymore
    Novices’ Hurdle or the Albert Bartlett seem the likely route. Great week sir :good:

    Inthestream may have lost the top spot, but he’s not far behind and with the ultra impressive
    Benie des Dieux leaving a class field in his wake at Gowran Park last Thursday. She looks as
    close to a sure fired Cheltenham winner as you’ll probably get. I’m more than happy I’ve got her
    in my stable and I’m sure that Geezer’s Number Two yard is too.

    Paisley Park just looks the finished article winning the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday,
    and didn’t do the chances of Wakashandy, Geezer’s Number two yard, Neil, Nathan (Show Me The Mane),
    X-Factors, Barrow Raiders, Jumping Stars, Jac’s Flyers and Bourne Losers any harm. I’d have been
    quicker saying everyone bar me and Inthestream :wacko: Very well done to all there, and a nice
    double for Jac with Santini, even if it probably broke her heart watching him get the better of
    her darling Bristol De Mai at the finish. Don’t worry Jac, he’ll be back, I reckon that 3rd last
    fence cost him dearly here.

    Some big races coming up this weekend at Leopardstown and Sandown, that might just shake the league
    up a bit.

    Here is how we stand after week 8 …………..

    1
    Jack H Stable0
    Points
    219.7
    2
    Inthestream1
    Points
    211.3
    3
    Wakashandy
    Points
    191.7
    4
    Geezer’s Number Two Yard
    Points
    181.5
    5
    Neil S Stable0
    Points
    127.1
    6
    Show me the Mane
    Points
    94.8
    7
    X-FACTORS
    Points
    86.5
    8
    Firstfencefallers 1
    Points
    81.8
    9
    Barrow Raiders
    Points
    80.6
    10
    Jumping Stars Free List
    Points
    78.4
    11
    Jac’s Flyers
    Points
    75.7
    12
    Bourne Losers
    Points
    66.9

    #1481966
    BigGBigG
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    Nine weeks gone already, and a new leader in the league. Wakashandy shoots to the top courtesy
    of two of the stars of the season at Leopardstown. Honeysuckle has already shown how good she
    was, running away from the competition, but this time she had to tough it out and she showed
    she has resolve in spades. She will rack up many more points this season. The other big scorer
    was the equally impressive Chacun Pour Soi who ran out a good winner against a very good horse
    in Min. With the added points of the bonus race, the Irish Champion Hurdle, for Honeysuckle,
    Waka scored a pretty massive 80.8 points. Excellent stuff :yahoo:

    Jack was dropped to 2nd, but still had a good scorer in the shape of Chacun Poir Soi, as did
    Geezer, Neil, Nathan (Show Me The Mane), Barrow Raiders, Jac and Bourne Losers

    Neil also has a good one in his stable with Delta Work, who looked tough as nails holding off
    the challenge of Kemboy in the Irish Gold Cup. Terrific selection Neil, looks certain to do
    well and could be a Gold Cup horse. 57.8 points was 2nd best result this week. Nice one neil :good:

    Looking forward to altior appearing at the weekend, If henderson is to be believed there’s
    not another horse in training that would be able to stay with him the way he’s been this week,
    I’ve nevr backed an odds on favourite ever, but I had a very good weekend with the golf and
    then stayed up for the Superbowl after it. I piled into Kansas City Chiefs before the game,
    as I mentioned before the game in Darren’s Sports Bets, and had a bit on them when they went
    a bit behind. I had to sweat it out when they went further behind, they were 10 points down
    with 6 minutes to go but came through with 2 late touchdowns. I got a boost from Paddy Power
    and had a bit at 4/7 on Altior, but they only allowed £50, and the rest at 8/15. He’s best
    priced 1/2 now and 4/9 and 2/5 is starting to appear. It wouldn’t surprise me if he went off
    1/3. There’s no such thing as a cert, but he’s probably as near to that as you’ll get I think.

    Enough about me, here’s the state of play in the league ……………

    1
    Wakashandy
    Points
    272.5
    2
    Jack H Stable0
    Points
    248.0
    3
    Inthestream1
    Points
    212.5
    4
    Geezer’s Number Two Yard
    Points
    211.1
    5
    Neil S Stable0
    Points
    184.9
    6
    Show me the Mane
    Points
    123.1
    7
    Barrow Raiders
    Points
    108.9
    8
    Jac’s Flyers
    Points
    104.0
    9
    Bourne Losers
    Points
    95.2
    10
    X-FACTORS
    Points
    87.7
    11
    Firstfencefallers 1
    Points
    81.8
    12
    Jumping Stars Free List
    Points
    79.4

    #1482775
    BigGBigG
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    Update Week 10

    It’s a simple update, It’s all down to Altior who got back onto winning ways
    at Newbury. Opinion is a bit divided as to how good, or otherwise, his run was.
    He did take a bit of “stoking up” but when the penny dropped after the last he
    left them for dead. I was more than happy with his run, not least because, as I
    mentioned last week I had a decent bet on him, and my prediction of the 1/3 odds
    was spot on. I had him in my stable here, along with Geezer, Show Me The mane,
    Jac’s Flyers, and Bourne Losers. That was a welcome 22.4 points for all of us.

    Some decent points up for grabs at the weekend, in particular with some nice
    sorts running in the Betfair Ascot chase. Cyrname is going to be a popular
    choice in the competition, but I don’t know if I’d be taking the 1/2 that’s
    on offer after he looked a bit jaded in the King George. If he’s back to
    full health he is a worthy favourite, but if not then he’s got the up and
    coming Riders On The Storm who ran away from a decent field over C/D in
    December. Personally I think the 7/2 is a bit tempting, I can see him being
    no better that 2/1 on the day. Frodon is a decent type too, but he won’t run
    if Cyrname does. Janika, Top Notch, The World’s End and L’Ami Serge are others
    who could show themselves on saturday and will no doubt be in many stables.

    Good luck all, here’s the League as it stands after week 10.

    1
    Wakashandy
    Points
    272.5
    2
    Jack H Stable0
    Points
    248.0
    3
    Geezer’s Number Two Yard
    Points
    233.5
    4
    Inthestream1
    Points
    212.5
    5
    Neil S Stable0
    Points
    184.9
    6
    Show me the Mane
    Points
    145.5
    7
    Jac’s Flyers
    Points
    126.4
    8
    Bourne Losers
    Points
    117.6
    9
    X-FACTORS
    Points
    110.1
    10
    Barrow Raiders
    Points
    108.9
    11
    Firstfencefallers 1
    Points
    104.2
    12
    Jumping Stars Free List
    Points
    79.4

    #1482817
    TriptychTriptych
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    Thanks for all your updates Graham really appreciated.. I’m really happy with my stable and 7th position is better than I thought. Of course my Free Stable is doing better than my League one currently on 210 points but things can soon change..best of luck..Jac :good:

    Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...
    #1482825
    BigGBigG
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    Thanks for that Jac. I’ve got a bit of catching up to do and as luck would have it
    my number 2 stable is on 192 points. Pity they only allow one stable in a league, that’s
    a bit of a strange rule. I think Cheltenham is going to make all the difference with
    several Grade 1 races and the bonus points for 7 top races. I’ve got 5 horses yet to
    score a point, hopefully they should at least turn up at the festival. It was good to
    see you getting away from the foot of the table, keep up the good work :good:

    #1482833
    TriptychTriptych
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    Thanks Graham I was at the bottom for sometime and resigned to coming last but suddenly the points are creeping up a bit more :good: Jac

    Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...
    #1483257
    InthestreamInthestream
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    I’ve been in Fred all since Xmas Triptych, so might well be taking your place before long !! 🤩

    #1483258
    InthestreamInthestream
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    Fred ?? Typed ‘freefall’ !!

    #1483268
    BigGBigG
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    If you’re in freefall Inthestream, I’ve already plummeted to earth :wacko:
    Time enough yet for things to turnaround, or at least that’s what
    I keep telling myself :whistle:

    Week 11 Update

    Get the bunting out, party poppers at the ready, and strike up the band :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
    A week to remember for Jack H as he leaves the whole League trailing in
    his wake with a magestic 1.3 points for Darasso’s 2nd place in the Grade 3
    Red Mills. Way to go Jack :good:

    The rest of us can stand in the corner facing the wall with out pointy hats
    on…..they actually used to do that in the “good old days” :scratch:
    A few hearts broken with Cyrname hitting the deck at the last in the Betfair
    Ascot Chase on Saturday. I can assure you they weren’t any more heart broken
    than me, as I had a rush of blood to the head and stuck 20 quid on Traffic
    Fluide, who also came down at the last at 80/1when to my eyes looking the likely
    winner. He’s been a favourite of mine for a few years and if he hadn’t had his
    constant injury problems over the years I’m convinced he would have won one of
    the big ones at the festival. I had a whopping big odds bet on him for the QMCC
    3 years back and barring making a hash at the last he would have finished a lot
    closer than the 7L he was beaten. Anyway, the most important thing is that with
    great relief they both rose to their feet and I think they are non the worse for
    the fall, if a bit bruised.

    So Here’s the League as it stands this week, same as it ever was, same as it ever was,
    same as it ever was…….barring Jack B-)

    1
    Wakashandy
    Points
    272.5
    2
    Jack H Stable0
    Points
    249.3
    3
    Geezer’s Number Two Yard
    Points
    233.5
    4
    Inthestream1
    Points
    212.5
    5
    Neil S Stable0
    Points
    184.9
    6
    Show me the Mane
    Points
    145.5
    7
    Jac’s Flyers
    Points
    126.4
    8
    Bourne Losers
    Points
    117.6
    9
    X-FACTORS
    Points
    110.1
    10
    Barrow Raiders
    Points
    108.9
    11
    Firstfencefallers 1
    Points
    104.2
    12
    Jumping Stars Free List
    Points
    79.4

    #1483846
    BigGBigG
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    Week 12 Update

    As you would expect, things are a bit quiet before the Festival with the big guns
    wrapped in cotton wool in their stables. Even so, a couple of slight moves in the
    league. X-Factors had Bellshill, who gave a good acccount of himself in the Bobbyjo
    Chase, although not quite good enough to haul in the impressive Acapella Bourgeois.
    So not a major move, but 1.8 points could be important further down the line. Well
    done :good:

    One more change, and it’s for Barrow Raiders who must feel a bit disappointed that
    the promising Andy Dufrene could only manage 3rd at Naas. To be fair to him he did
    have quite a hard race and battled on well to beat Captain Guinness in the Moscow
    Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last month, that might just have left it’s mark.
    I’m not quite sure where he will be heading next, but I’d expect him to get back to
    winning ways after being freshened up.

    So that’s it for this week, no change of positions in the league. I wouldn’t expect
    much difference either next week, but with the Festival only 2 weeks away there will
    no doubt be serious movement then. All the best, and get the midnight oil burning with
    that studying for a great 4 days racing :mail:

    1
    Wakashandy
    Points
    272.5
    2
    Jack H Stable0
    Points
    249.3
    3
    Geezer’s Number Two Yard
    Points
    233.5
    4
    Inthestream1
    Points
    212.5
    5
    Neil S Stable0
    Points
    184.9
    6
    Show me the Mane
    Points
    145.5
    7
    Jac’s Flyers
    Points
    126.4
    8
    Bourne Losers
    Points
    117.6
    9
    X-FACTORS
    Points
    111.9
    10
    Barrow Raiders
    Points
    109.9
    11
    Firstfencefallers 1
    Points
    104.2
    12
    Jumping Stars Free List
    Points
    79.4

    #1484301
    InthestreamInthestream
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    Don’t forget that the transfer window opens this week … I think. Not sure what the rules are but it’s usually advisable to wait till as late as possible (but allowing for potential website gremlins ..!!).

    #1484321
    BigGBigG
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    Top man Inthestream :good: :good: :good:

    I’ll hold my hands up here, I wasn’t aware there was a transfer window, it’s certainly not
    well advertised :unsure:

    There is mention of it way down in the terms and conditions, here is a copy……….

    16. You will have the opportunity to make online substitutions during a transfer window, which will open at 8 am on Monday 2 March 2020 and closes at 5 pm on Monday 9 March 2020. A maximum of two (2) substitutions per Stable will be permitted. We reserve the right to make available for substitution horses not featured on the original list, but who have emerged as significant contenders for big races later in the competition.

    You would have thought they would highlight something like that on the opening page, or express
    something as important as that on the opening page of the site, and at least have something
    like “transfer window opens 2nd March” highlighted.

    Anyway, many thanks Inthestream for highlighting this, I’m normally a stickler for rules but
    this site is (IMO) poorly put together and not the most user friendly. I’ll do my weekly update
    a little later, I would doubt if there will be much in the way movement.

    I hope everyone checks in so that they are aware of the window, best of luck :good:

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