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  • in reply to: Stan Mellor . R.I.P. #1496077
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    A very good jockey, a very versatile and successful trainer, and one of those rare successful people for whom the best thing about them was what they did for other people. In Stan’s case, especially for his fellow jockeys. It was not just that he was so light that he needed to have a smart brain to be successful; he just had a very smart brain full stop and the personality to use it well.

    Two very good writers about racing, Brough Scott and John Oaksey, write about Stan Mellor at:

    https://broughscott.com/stan-mellor-more-than-a-milestone-brough-scott/

    in reply to: Site Outage today #1491643
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    Interesting, I think:

    TsoHost Review

    It is like a classical inverted triangle. It eventually gets to the point at the bottom. There is a fair amount of OK content at the top including “Above average UK host” , but the crunch comes when the question of “Do we recommend TSOHost?” results in a “No”. The negatives are well explained in the 31 User Reviews at the end, rather than the techie exposition at the beginning, by the 58% One-Star scores and the no-holds-barred comments from people who actually use TSOHost.

    It was interesting that the “techies” could say “Above average UK host” in one breath and “would not recommend” in the next. Just how bad are the hosts that are below average?

    On the usual engineering principle of calculation methods being fit for purpose, by using the idea of saying “elephant one” to represent one second, on TRF it currently takes at least five seconds to go from the “Horse Racing” page to one of its subordinate threads (with only 4 posts), and the same time to come back. Sometimes it takes over twenty seconds each way. On a comparable other horse racing forum, accessing and returning from a thread with eighty-three posts takes less than one elephant either way – and always. That is obviously using the same client machine and internet connection technology.

    The source code for the TRF page is 1666 lines long, while the source code for the other forum’s page is 4904 lines long. I know that it is not the amount of source code that determines page load times, but it is a high-correlation factor in the processing requirement of similar types of website. So if it is not a coding issue, client machine difference, internet connection difference, or data quantity issue, then the host looks to be a prime candidate for examination.

    And that is without the issue of occasional complete outages.

    If it is a matter of money which precludes moving to a better environment for the Forum, I would be happy to contribute, and I am sure many others would too.

    in reply to: Why Frankel will rule the world #1490776
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    Not exactly where we might be looking for Frankel winners this week, but a Class 4 handicap at Pontefract was a race that provided another notable Frankel winner today. Frankelio, a son Restiadargent who was third in Black Caviar’s Diamond Jubilee, benefitted from a year in Micky Hammond’s care, and a gradual drop in the weights. The Racing Post this morning did not think highly of his chances and had him last of eleven in the betting forecast at 33/1, so it might have surprised a few people to see him start at 4/1 second favourite and run a splendid race. Might this merit an accolade as big as would training a winner at Royal Ascot later this week?

    in reply to: Why Frankel will rule the world #1488994
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    Hi Joni, I hope you are fit and happy too. Here are a couple of bits of fluff for Frankel fans to mull over.

    For those who would like to see Bonne Idee in complete control of her race throughout, there is a video at:

    https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/race-replays/2/4274/

    For those who would like to see a very unlucky Without Parole in the Group 1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita. The quick thinking jockey took advantage of a horse drifting off the rail to make a smart move up the inner on a cantering Without Parole . But sometimes you make a good choice and it still does not work out OK. Without Parole got stuck behind the lead horse and could not barge to the outside and skittle two other horses so had to sit and suffer to finish only third.

    https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/usa/sa/2020/5/25/9/shoemaker-mile-s-g1t

    in reply to: Fred Winter / Doug Smith #1488801
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    Thanks for the Thanks. I am really pleased that it worked out for you. About fifteen years ago when I first came across the ability to read The Times from days long gone, I spent a lot more time than I ought in reading hundreds of pages of racing news from the time when I was a kid and a teenager. I think they call it “Re-Living The Past”. I still go back and have a look through the Horses In Training annuals from around that time just for the nostalgia buzz. I notice that the annual for 1963 cost three shillings and sixpence brand new, seventeen and a half pence in today’s money! My early morning paper round gave me more than enough to cover that every year.

    in reply to: Why Frankel will rule the world #1488197
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    It was good to see some interesting European racing again yesterday. A fairly easy winner for Frankel at St Cloud in a mile contest for unraced three-year-olds. Hurricane Cloud looked comfortable right from the start and was going away from the field in the last 100 yards.

    There is a video at: https://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/race-replays/2/4211/

    in reply to: A Beginner’s Guide To Horse Racing Betting #1487905
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    This might be a bit Empsonian (remember him?), but there are so many anomalies, errors of grammar and vocabulary, and then the whole of the paragraph “Don’t Be Exclusive” negating the whole of the paragraph “Do Your Research”, that it cannot be David Cormack in Normal Mode, but it is either a Spoof, a Hack, or a David Laugh. Since he forgot to change the date from 30 April to 1 April, it must be a David entertainment for for we poor souls locked away from the racing environment.

    in reply to: Should Cheltenham be taking place? #1486271
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    From worldometers.info

    As of 15:15 GMT today:

    COVID-19 confirmed cases per million population

    UK 16.8
    France 68.9
    Germany 64.8
    Spain 165.8
    Italy 359.9
    Netherlands 66.2
    Sweden 101.4
    Belgium 76.4
    Denmark 149.2
    Austria 95.5
    Ireland 26.1

    There seems to be quite a clamour for the UK to follow the example of the major European countries in copying their tactics in trying to overcome COVID-19, for example shutting schools, theatres, cinemas, any large gathering of people. The data does not seem to support a change in tactics. Maybe a typical response in solving difficult problems is to do more, more, more, when thinking better, better, better, is a more appropriate response.

    worldometers sources include: World Health Organisation & United Nations Statistics Division

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    Friday 13/03/20
    1:30 Aspire Tower (Res: Allmankind)
    2:10 Mohaayed & Oakley (Res: Aramon)
    2:50 The Cashel Man (Res: Ramses De Teillee)
    3:30 Clan Des Obeaux (Res: Lostintranslation)
    4:10 Shantou Flyer (Res: Caid Du Berlais)
    4:50 Capeland NB (Res: Croco Bay)
    5:30 Ecco **NAP** (Res: Flash The Steel)

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    Thursday 12/03/20

    1:30 Itchy Feet (Res: Mister Fisher)
    2:10 Kilbricken Storm & Skandiburg (Res: Tout est Permis)
    2:50 Frodon (Res: Aso)
    3:30 Penhill (Res: Summerville Boy)
    4:10 Springtown Lake (Res: Charmant)
    4:50 Floressa NAP (Res: Getaway Totherock)
    5:30 Diese Aba (Res: Plan Of Attack)

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    Wednesday 11/03/20

    1:30 Easywork (Res: Longhouse Poet)
    2:10 Copperhead (Res: Slate House)
    2:50 Ballymoy & Birchdale (Res: Stratum)
    3:30 Politologue (Res: Dynamite Dollars)
    4:10 Urgent De Gregaine (Res: Might Bite)
    4:50 Palladium(Res: Mick Pastor)
    5:30 Israel Champ **NAP** (Res: Third Time Lucky)

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    Tuesday 10/03/20

    1:30 Shishkin (Res: Fiddlerontheroof)
    2:10 Maire Banrigh NAP (Res: Put The Kettle On)
    2:50 Kildisart & Cobra De Mai (Res: The Conditional)
    3:30 Sharjah (Res: Cilaos Emery)
    4:10 Roksana (Res: Stormy Ireland)
    4:50 Earlofthecotswolds (Res: Whatmore)
    5:30 Lord Du Mesnil (Res: Newtide)

    in reply to: Time to throw Sheikh Mohammed out #1485001
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    So give me a clue here; which bit of Cormack’s post was not strictly true?

    in reply to: The Annual Gimmick #1484654
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    Marcel Proust and Albert Einstein will be linked forever as the understanders of place and time and the notion that each can be manipulated, by memory or movement, to diminish one and thence to enhance the other, or vice versa, but only if there is an observer/experiencer. In theory, it is just as easy to move to a past time by moving through space/time quickly enough, as it is to visit the Proustian past by accessing the memories of it. The practice of it is a tad difficult at present, but it will happen. All in good time.

    The venture under discussion here has the opposite plan of recent alternatives to “popularize” long-established sports. The newer alternatives usually either have clusters of higher skilled participants of international renown in each team, or change the rules to make the game quicker. I would love to read the Appendix in this proposal which lists the reasons why people would be interested in it, and the market research data that backs up such a conclusion. If I were asked the question: “Are you interested in following this competition?”, my answer would be: “Don’t be silly. Tell me again, where does the excitement come in?”

    in reply to: Why Frankel will rule the world #1484416
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    Another Group winner for Frankel two days ago with Elizabeth Way winning the Group 3 The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She is out of the winner of the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot (at York in 2005) Maids Causeway. With that pedigree, it is amazing that Godolphin let her go at Goffs November Sales last year for about £50,000. Being a Group winner by Frankel out of a Group 1 winning mare must make her a lot more valuable than that now. You have to admire the bloodstock agent John J McCormack for seeing so clearly into the future when he won that auction with a view to racing her in the USA.

    https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/usa/gp/2020/2/29/7/the-very-one-s-g3t

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