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Not sure I buy this Nick Luck, Lydia Hyslop, Chris Dixon, James Willoughby “we are your friends and joke and laugh”
Completely agree. I’m not sure I’d want to have a pint with any of that motley crew, either.
“Far more horses idling badly – the best horse far less likely to win.”
I’ll have to stop you right there, Ginge. If a horse doesn’t have the right temperament for racing, how can it be the “best” horse?June 9, 2019 at 14:31 in reply to: Aidan O'Brien trains more than half of the Derby field #1444955
Look at the bigger picture.
I’ll be watching this thread closely, as I’m ticking Newcastle off my racecourse list (38 so far) on Plate day.
I like Mekong but he’s going to be no sort of price. Tony Bloom’s selected will also be over-bet, so there should be value elsewhere.June 5, 2019 at 17:39 in reply to: Aidan O'Brien trains more than half of the Derby field #1444686
“So please tell us which of Aidan’s horses would not have deserved to run had they not been trained and/or owned by Ballydoyle, Gladiateur?”
You put forward a very good- and correct- argument for each of Ballydoyle’s representatives this season.
I suppose my major gripe is that a “proper” trainer- like the ones from yesteryear to which you allude- would know who his best horse is. Sure, he might have a more late-developing improver as a second string to his bow, but he wouldn’t run a handful in the hope that one of them strikes the jackpot.
There’s no way of proving it, of course, as they are both no longer with us but I strongly disagree with your hypothesis that Cecil or Hern would have fielded more runners.
In fact, I can picture the Major’s reaction to that proposal quite vividly; Henry might have been a tad more diplomatic.June 3, 2019 at 06:30 in reply to: Aidan O'Brien trains more than half of the Derby field #1444394
Ginge- everyone is entitled to their opinion but that post is total nonsense.
There’s a huge difference between running two horses in a race- a strong fancy and an improver- and just running as many as you can.
A very poor renewal on paper. The field looks barely Listed class and, although several of them have potential to improve over middle distances, this looks one of the worst crops of fillies I can remember.
Should never have been moved from the traditional Wednesday.
The whole country used to know it was Derby Day- half the workforce would throw a sickie. Now, it’s just another race on a Saturday.
Am I alone in thinking that Flippa The Strippa is vastly overpriced at 20s? Won the National Stakes tidily, despite being green and running into a headwind.
Has Hills said that she won’t run here?
Jubiloso looked a potential top-notcher when slamming the colts, conceding weight to most of them, at Newbury this afternoon and looks worth backing if she takes her chance here.
Given that ITV have stated that they will continue working with Jeremy Kyle after the axing of his eponymous “show”, I wonder if he’ll be slowly introduced back onto television via the relatively low-key racing programme?
Interesting stuff, Kasparov.
Maybe we could get a TRF racecourse guide started? I’m going to Newcastle for the first time on Northumberland Plate day; I will try to write a similar follow-up. Maybe regular race goers can post hints and tips as well?
Admin- would this merit a new section? I think we had a racecourse guide before.
Tenner to the IJF, please, Nathan.
Aidan O’Brien has just said that Ten Sovereigns will be dropped to six furlongs now, raising the intriguing prospect of a clash with Calyx here.
Hopefully that means better odds will be available about the Gosden hotpot.
One of the true greats. I’d love to see him involved in the media- he’s more of a natural than some I could mention- but I doubt that he’s interested in following that particular path.
Whatever Ruby decides, here’s to a long and happy retirement.