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Haven’t used RI for a while, but as far as I remember you can export winning distances from the Query function into a csv file, then work out the average winning distances for each course/trip/going using that file in Excel. The Pivot Table function in Excel will do that for you easily. No coding required!March 27, 2020 at 09:38 in reply to: What happens to “professional gamblers” in these trying times? #1486844
Important article from Greg Wood in today’s Guardian regarding the security of your deposits in online betting accounts. Interesting to note that money you have sitting in your Betfred account isn’t secure at all!
Horseracing Bettors Forum have done us all a service by producing a register of how ring-fenced your deposits actually are in the event of insolvency. Bravo.
I’m very uncomfortable with racing continuing in Ireland, I dont think it should be.
The social distancing requirements that the rest of us are being asked to comply with to potentially save lives, are not being observed by the lad/lass leading the horse around when the jockey is on board. It’s probably impossible to maintain two meters separation under those circumstances.
Also think its very selfish of the Irish racing industry to continue, in the full knowledge that an injured jockey, stalls handler, groom, etc. may well need a hospital bed(s) for several weeks or months on any given day, given the unprecedented stress that is and will be placed on our health service in the coming weeks and months. We have half the ICU beds per head in Ireland compared to Italy.
I wonder how Davy or Robbie or Rachel will feel if the hospital bed they lay prone in after a bad fall at the races means others will die because there was no more hospital capacity available.
I really dont understand the mentality that allows them to continue. The commendable national effort going on here at the moment seemingly doesn’t apply to racing.
I love racing, I wish it was on every day, I miss it, I get the economic arguments for keeping it going and the desire to minimize job losses.
But you know what, we’re in an emergency here. My own industry is gone south (again), hundreds of thousands of us are in the same boat. Get in the queue.
Its a bubbles bubble these racing people live in.
Timeform doing a free card all week.
deary me….Ginger your at your finest on this one.
You’d rather listen to the experts, then state our experts in Ireland are wrong.
RTV currently doing a “half price for the next 12 months deal”, until midday Tuesday.
You’d wonder given the legitimate and thus far seemingly unanswered concerns of owners, if the ROA were ever consulted on this, considering their members buy-in to the project is essential for its success?
Can see them struggling for decent horses given the time of year. Lots of big festivals and meetings in that six week period, and I’m fairly certain the sense of occasion and prestige associated with Goodwood, Ascot and York, not to mention the July Meeting which precedes it by a week, will always trump a Thursday on the infield at Newcastle for most owners regardless of prizemoney.
So you could indeed be left with a load of seventies rated horses running for 50 grand a race, no bad thing imo. Can see the likes of Mick Appleby licking his lips at the prospect. But are these the type of horses we connect with, narrative horses, “fan horses”…almost certainly not.
As for the team element…its a load of bollox. We form a connection and bond with a team because we feel part of it somehow. Racing’s “teams” frequently remind us “fans”, that they own the horse, that they pay the bills, that they ride for the owners, that they decide where it runs. Its theirs not ours. And that’s the way it is, same as it ever was. And I’d say that most interested followers of racing generally understand and accept that too. Personally I get my team kicks from Liverpool on a Saturday.
Pretty non-plussed by the whole thing, but good luck to them anyway.February 21, 2020 at 00:23 in reply to: Why national hunt horses have got such funny names? #1483449
Hard to believe Pat Murphy is still training, you hear almost nothing of him these days, although coincidentally he had a horse placed at Huntingdon yesterday. I see he’s only trained five winners since 2015, with a strike rate of less than 5%. You’d really wonder how these guys keep going at times. Doing a bit of buying and selling maybe…February 18, 2020 at 12:13 in reply to: Why national hunt horses have got such funny names? #1483206
There is already a recent thread on this interesting topic…
In the interest of continuity, any possibility that they could be merged?
Good luck with your horse at Limerick today. I’ll probably go, and will keep an eye out for him.
Thanks for changing the name despite the expense. Freedom To Dream is much easier to connect with and remember imo.
I dont think they can be translated, as the names generally have no meaning in French either.
Totally agree. Same goes for Irish names. But I wouldn’t say its much of an issue in that case though. Jim Bolger comes to mind with a few Irish names, but theres not too many I think.
The French names thing is on the increase though.
A simpler solution would be to continue to buy French horses for NH racing in Ireland and the UK, then give them English names that the majority of us racing fans can relate to.
Suny Bay, Viking Flagship, Moscow Flyer
Faceur Du Large, Espson Du Houx, Eleazar Des Neiges.
The former imo.