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  • in reply to: Evening racing on Tuesday #1610413
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    Wolverhampton has picked up fixtures from Bath, deemed unraceable due to Hard ground and very limited watering facilities.

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    in reply to: Poll Gamble’s Avatar Vote Here #1610403
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    I’m still not happy with how this vote is going.

    My suggestion is clearly the coolest.

    Vote A! (Please?)

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    in reply to: Collapse in racecourse attendances #1610402
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    Leicester City are at home today – it was a 2pm kick off.

    Leicester are racing today – first race 1.50pm.

    That was clever.

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    in reply to: ITV Racing #1610393
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    Tbf, that’s a bigger garden than I’d envisaged.

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    in reply to: ITV Racing #1610388
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    Tbh, if someone held down the job of BBC racing presenter/pundit over a great many years I’d expect them to have a “big garden.”

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    in reply to: New Tory leader #1610386
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    1.11 Truss, 9.8 Sunak – little change in recent days.

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    Haribo is the work of The Devil, anyway.

    I already have enough trouble as it is, as the strawberry laces at Waitrose positively call my name every time I somehow find myself walking down that sweets and chocolate aisle.

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    in reply to: Prix Maurice De Gheest #1610380
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    50 Accakaba at Betfair Exchange looked too big to me.

    So I took it.

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    in reply to: ITV Racing #1610377
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    I agree, Gladders.

    I grew up in an era where BBC commentators compelled the viewer to rise to their level, as opposed to descending to the viewers’ level.

    People like Wilson, O’Sullevan, Richie Benaud etc spoke with an authority that demanded you sit up and take notice and appreciate what you are watching.

    The BBC educated its audience in those days, days which, knowing nothing else, I assumed would go on forever.

    How wrong I was.

    For years now, the BBC has raced down to ITV’s “Ant & Dec-esque” level across a myriad of topics.

    Were I ever bereft of my beloved mute button, I’m not entirely sure how I’d cope.

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    in reply to: Who’s Your Favourite Authoritarian Dictator? #1610372
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    Your votes determine not only the result, but the commentary.

    The earlier you get them in, the greater their impact on the unfolding race.

    By PM only.

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    in reply to: 2022 Whitney Handicap #1610364
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    Life Is Good had an OR of 124 going into this race.

    He’s given Happy Saver (OR 116) 6lb and a two-length beating, suggesting to me he’s run to 125.

    But if you believe third-placed Hot Rod Charlie (OR 122) had run to form you end up rating Life Is Good 126 and Happy Saver 117.

    Either way, Life Is Good has run right up to his best.

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    in reply to: Who’s Your Favourite Authoritarian Dictator? #1610356
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    Voting is now open on the big race and will close at 11.59pm on the eve of the contest.

    Please vote this year for what you consider to be the top seven and points will be allocated accordingly.

    As last year, the sequence of votes will help shape the commentary and I shall use a personally-devised algorithm to take account of the weights, pre-determine the result by the Off and deliver a commentary and result accordingly.

    All votes strictly by PM – any votes posted here or by other means will be null and void and the posted disqualified from voting in this year’s event.

    The issue of Authoritarian Dictators has struck rather close to home in a very real way in the world this year and I had considered letting this year’s event quietly fade away unnoticed, but Mr Simpson is looking forward to it and I’ll give it my best shot.

    You know what they say about sequels, though!

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    in reply to: Collapse in racecourse attendances #1610354
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    The time was slower than the Sweet Solera, but Bright Diamond was impressive nonetheless.

    The half-sister to Westover sounds interesting.

    I’m less keen on tail-flashing racehorses – of any gender – but this one definitely has ability.

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    in reply to: ITV Racing #1610349
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    If you want to see Wilson at his best go on YouTube and listen to his review of Slip Anchor’s win in the Lingfield Derby Trial.

    He declares Slip Anchor the best winner of the contest in 25 years since Oncidium and the articulate gravitas and authority with which he delivered his judgement left the viewer in zero doubt about the colt’s Derby prospects.

    Then tune into ITV Racing, briefly turn the volume up, and….WEEP.

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    in reply to: 2022 Phoenix Stakes #1610347
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    In my experience, there are two types of precocious 2yo – the pint-sized Pinatubo type with little scope for growth is one.

    The other is the juvenile who looks like a 3yo already, maybe even a 4yo in isolated extreme cases.

    Both can struggle with making normal weight-for-age improvement and their peers catch up with him and overtake them.

    Native Trail was an imposing 2yo, but he hasn’t thus far dominated his contemporaries this year the way he did at two.

    It’s possible to put monster numbers on Little Big Bear, the time comparison with Go Bears Go is very favourable when weight for age is taken into account.

    But is Little Big Bear really going to make that kind of improvement from two to three?

    History tells us it’s unlikely.

    And will he stay a mile?

    The dam’s side has Arc-winning middle distance stamina in it, but he looks like his father’s son so far.

    But I think there’s cause for hope (though maybe my 14/1 Guineas bet makes me biased).

    He’s won his races GOING AWAY, the Anglesey was actually 63yds further too.

    And if I’m hoping a precocious 2yo will train on, I’d rather be with a big one than a little one.

    His next target will tell us plenty – the 6f Prix Morny looks at his mercy, the 5f Nunthorpe less so, and that would send a negative Guineas message and many would be scrambling for the 6/1 for next year’s Commonwealth Cup.

    I’d obviously like to see him go for the National Stakes at 7f.

    If he settled and won that going away too, it really is game on for the Guineas and I doubt you’d beat 3/1 afterwards.

    But if he empties out in the closing stages then, even if he hangs on for the win, the game’s up for the Guineas and the Middle Park and sprinting next year surely beckons.

    Fascinating racehorse.

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    in reply to: TRF Captain Robbo Cup Day #1610345
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    Yesterday was the day of the year when I missed him.

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    in reply to: Collapse in racecourse attendances #1610337
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    Definitely talented, definitely already got her own ideas about the game!

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