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Being honest – I did watch it and think the race had been somewhat emasculated.
The fences just did not look as formidable as usual. Maybe it was just down to the good ground?
It doesn’t seem the same anymore – I suspect that if you polled the jockeys in the race anonymously, the majority would say the race has lost some of it’s challenge to horse and rider.
IMHO, sometimes you can’t have a great spectacle without inherent danger.
Lol, I love the puns! They do have to be good, though – and not all the time. The ones that are well-thought-out add some humour and colour to the commentary.
There was a chaser running not long ago called BIG KNICKERS.
Now, imagine the fun you could have if it couldn’t jump…
I sometimes think owners deliberately call horses silly names to see what they can get away with. If I had a few horses, I’d like to call my worst one something risque, like:
Enjoys Her Knockers
I’m trying to think of some clever ones, honest!
There was a horse running at Gowran Park on Monday called:
Surely the owners are just trying to flummox the commentator.
I wonder what the most difficult name for a horse commentator to pronounce would be?
Wholly disappointed with Flemenstar – cost me a big wager on the place market. I have clearly overrated him.
I suppose we will see next season if we will be talking about the aeroplane in the same glowing terms as Kauto Star. Scary.
Still has it to prove at different distances, but King George no problem, unless a bog. Gold Cup on good ground….can anything stop him?
Grand National on ice?
First horse on the moon?
Jordan’s 18th Husband…
Ok, I’m being silly now.
Deffo a watching race as opposed to betting medium – for me.
I hope we get to see the aeroplane off the bridle.
Flemensfirth to run a big race and ruffle his feathers…maybe he can beat him
Well done to Zarkandar – he showed how tough he is.
I think the two protagonists in the race will be going in different directions next season. TNO will have a live chance in the Champion Hurdle – maybe we should take his price now!
Zark must surely go for the World Hurdle as a previous poster mentioned – Nicholls said he wanted a trip.
Good race to watch.
Yes, bring back Fist (Hurdygurdyman / whatevahisnameisnow)…he was good value.
Is he still reading these forums?
He told us all about Sprinter Sacre before the horse was even born!!
Only fair to come on here and say massive well done to Bob’s Worth and his connections.
That combination of class and toughness is rare. Did not look to be going as well as the two in front, but his will to win is impressive. He’ll never be flashy but he’s all heart.
I thought Sir Des Champs ran a game race as well, and no excuses. I can’t see him beating the winner on any ground.
At least we can now agree that Long Run’s best days are behind him.
I’m sunbathing in the "Silvanio Conti would not have won/stayed" camp – FWIW.
OK cutiepies, time to close your eyes. Following my superb Chelters Nap on the sublime Zarkander…I give you my NB of the festival.
SIR DES CHAMPS
Ground and trip is exactly what it wants, I would have preferred Davy Russell, and I don’t know much about the deputy.
This horse has been truly primed for one day, and we know the trainer’s horses are rocking.
It’s a brave call, but I think he can outpace Bob’s Worth where it matters. Those two for the RFC.
Personally, I cannot have Long Run (who seems quite popular among pundits and punters) or any of the others, though I can see Giant Bolster running a respectable race.
Interestingly, Grey Dolphin, this is what winning jockey Russell said:
"I’ve only ridden him once at home, so all the credit goes to Jim Culloty, who has instilled confidence in him.
"I had loads of horse left under me and he just idled in front.
"I was almost upsides Boston Bob when he fell and I’m pretty sure I’d have got past him.
"The race panned out fine but I took a false step on the road and then got stuck behind Tom Scudamore (on Goulanes) a bit longer than I wanted.
I think he’d win the King George on decent ground. Never a Gold Cup horse.
Simonsig a Ryanair horse probably
My thoughts exactly. I cannot see why this horse could not get 3 miles on good ground. Not a Gold Cup horse, but Like Kauto and other truly class animals, they are versatile because they are so far ahead of the rest.
Could he not win the King George and Champion Chase each season for the next 3 years?
Will Simonsig even take him on?!
The pace was not slow. The fact Boston Bob could sweep past the field coming to the last suggests the pace was strong.
I don’t think the jockey did much wrong, the horse just didn’t take off at the final fence.
I was more surprised that the pundits on telly questioned who would have won the race if he’d stood up?!
There would have been no other winner. Miserable if you backed the beast, I’d agree on that:)
I can’t see how Back in Focus was a certainty for this based on him needing every inch of the 4 miles in the earlier race.
Good to know I’m not the only one suffering for my boasting on here
TBH, I was disappointed with My Tent Or Yours….I did not think stamina was an issue – I’m still not sure?!
He travelled so well, I’d hate to think how short he traded on BF.
Champagne was very brave, but at no point did I think he had the fav covered until the last 50 yards.
Great job by Hurricane Fly. Ruby judged it perfectly.
Good luck with those eggs, Zippy.
I am utterly, totally and completely humiliated.
Zippy, Mrs Zippy, Zippy’s children, Zippy’s cat and dog, Zippy’s pot plants….you guys took a helluva beating!!
Many congrats to those that had faith in The Fly. A gusty and deserved win. Zarkandar is not a gladiator.
Anyone for omelette?
Yes, lotsa hotpots get tonked in this, but
MY TENT OR YOURS
(I like that name BTW,) left a deep impression when winning the richest and arguably most competitive handicap hurdle in Europe.
Would any of the other horses running in the Supreme have won so nonchalantly with the same weight? IMHO, no.
The ground is right up his street, having skated through it at Newbury, and I think 2/1 or bigger is a fair price.
The rest just seem more beatable, and I’d put Champagne Fever to stay on for the forecast at a respectable distance.
Right you lot.
I hope you’re going to be gracious to the gladiator
(festival NAP) once he smashes up The Fly (lay of the festival).
I have a half-dozen eggs in the fridge to cream over my face just in case – not that I’ll need ’em.