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  • in reply to: Irish racing continues on -thoughts? #1486767
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    “All sporting fixtures are now cancelled, even those behind closed doors.” – Irish PM just now.

    in reply to: Irish racing continues on -thoughts? #1486736
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    After the UK Prime Minister’s latest restrictions, which surely Mr Varadkar is likely to follow, HRI’s position is looking increasingly uncomfortable. The storm is coming, have no doubt, and I really think they need to pull this overly-optimistic project.

    There’s a severe risk that racing may be seen to be self-obsessed and tone deaf to the public mood if the game goes on when people are dying en masse.

    Mike

    in reply to: All horse racing cancelled until end of April #1486383
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    Obviously the right decision but as with other sports, there seems no possible chance of it restarting for many a month.

    I wonder if I’ll see a single ball bowled in the forthcoming cricket season?

    Mike

    in reply to: Grand National cancelled #1486354
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    Parking my fifteen-page treatise on why Goshen will win The Ebor then. :cry:

    Mike

    in reply to: Should Cheltenham be taking place? #1486353
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    It seems that racing will be going ahead behind closed doors, possibly with really big-drawing ‘event’ meetings being cancelled (as we’ve now heard with the GN). I think this is probably fairly safe – very few people congregating in wide-open spaces seems reasonable.

    But if we’re running 4-5 meetings a day, that needs the resources of 8-10 ambulances which in times of guaranteed shortage could look pretty obnoxious.

    Mike

    in reply to: Horse Racing must take advantage today #1486152
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    If racing continues behind closed doors and we get to June/July with no other sport, I would expect 8-page Tuesday afternoon Pontefract pullouts from most newspapers.

    Mike

    in reply to: Should Cheltenham be taking place? #1485435
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    Betfair now has a ‘Will racing go ahead?’ market for Aintree. No currently 1.3, 3.5 for Yes.

    Mike

    in reply to: The Annual Gimmick #1484702
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    “Fathers and sons, on the terraces, cheesy peas at half-time, pint for Dad, Mum’s at home making the tea. Aaah, everything’s all right with the world, isn’t it… Saturday afternoon is football, mm?”

    Isn’t it though? Marvellous.

    Mike

    in reply to: The Annual Gimmick #1484636
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    “The reality that I had known no longer existed. … The places we have known do not belong only to the world of space on which we map them for our own convenience. They were only a thin slice, held between the contiguous impressions that composed our life at that time; the memory of an image is but regret for a particular moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fugitive, alas, as the years”

    I see that you have received a sneak preview of Oli Bell’s script for Cheltenham on Tuesday.

    Alastair Down surely?

    Done to soaring background music; Dorothy Paget, rationing, Night Nurse and Monksfield, jumpers for goalposts…

    Mike

    in reply to: 2m Chasers of the 21st Century #1474777
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    21st Century Befair as noted. Dawn Run was a great mare, but if both were at their best, I cannot believe she would have been close to Badsworth Boy over fences at 2m.

    Not sure whether any of the 21st Century list would have beaten him, either. But comparing different eras is always impossible anyway…

    Mike

    in reply to: Maximum shop payout limits #1474773
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    I’m sure I was in a Boylesports in Ireland 10-15 years ago and the max payout was less than 4 figures, £850 seems to ring a bell.

    £850 in 2004-2009? That cannot possibly be right. Largest bet I settled was for £17k and that was back in the mid 80s!

    Mike

    in reply to: Mr S Cavanagh – idiot! #1431355
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    Well I don’t know about this being his ‘last ride’, I mean we all make mistakes.

    But yes, this is pretty dismal. I can’t remember seeing a horse persevered with after making such a jarring error (fourth last). The horse had stopped to nothing and he should obviously have been pulled up immediately.

    I just wonder if Mr Cavanagh got a bit frustrated as he appeared to be going well prior to that error and images of a winner at a major festival were playing in his mind? That’s absolutely not mitigation for this though.

    Mike

    in reply to: Richard Woollacott #1418049
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    Just take this thread down someone. Dismal stuff for TRF.

    Mike

    in reply to: Lewes Racecourse #1417766
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    That’s extremely poor with basically zero content. This is surely just ultra-niche one-man-hobbyist stuff?

    Frankly amazed that this has drawn eight grand of Lottery money.

    Mike

    in reply to: Book review – 'A Wasted Life' by Alan Potts #1417691
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    I drew an enormous Periodic Table which adorned my bedroom wall

    Blimey. I had a Lamborghini Countach poster on mine. And a tennis-player scratching her arse.

    It’s an excellent read Alan. I’m surprised we never bumped into each other at some stage in the late 90s as I had various dealings (or non-dealings) with a number of people you mention.

    Mike

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