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Non of the group one races were not run under the same track conditions as York, IE a flat left handed track,[/i]
I wouldn’t have a problem with any LH track, end of. But wtf they ran the Gimcrack and Ebor at the only venue that suited all bar those two races is quite frankly beyond me
Newmarket would have been perfect for a big field handicap and a sprint, whilst the middle distance G1s would have been perfectly suited to Newbury’s flat LH track. I agree, they totally [expletive] up the relocation of these races. The BHA should take a long, hard look at the brains in their operation. As I see it, they are ‘little brains’. How do Goodwood and Newmarket resemble York? Goodwood?? ffs.
On contemplation, I find it even stranger that two races where the orientation of the course makes no difference are the only two races held at a LH venue???
That is bizarre IMO.
I wouldnt pay £18 to get into any meeting, apart from G1 fare. You can get into Chelters or Newmarket Champions day for that money.
AND, those two courses are not building sites neither.
I find it strange that they would rather run the races RH than stage an extra meeting on a LH course, or even just abandon the meeting.
No-one got this? Maybe someone knows where I could get it?
That was a sensational turn of foot he showed there- the commentator seemed to think the early sectionals were run at a "sensible" pace as well! He isn’t bred to get the 12f in the Belmont, but given that acceleration if I were Ken Desormeaux I would be quite confident of putting him to sleep further back in the pack and conserving enough energy to ensure he gets the trip.
(BTW Scribbles, Molly Dutrow is apparently just 13 years old!)
13?? I’ll have to buy a pair of those sunglasses too then lol I thought she was 21ish.
It was the turn of foot that impressed me too. If Big Brown is allowed to simply lay up near the pace at cruising speed in NY, he’ll blow away any horse that dares to come near him IMO Dancing Brave is the only horse I can recall that had that kind of instant acceleration.
Big Brown was immense! If this horse doesn’t win the Belmont then i’ll be shocked.
BTW, who is the babe in the designer sunglasses that is always standing with Dutrow? Damn!
People laughed at me years ago when I stated that McCoy is at his best scrubbing home 1/4 shots at Newton Abbot. But I still stand by that opinion. He can throw the kitchen sink at a horse to get it home (ref. Deanos Beano), and he is a devout horseman no doubt, but there are many devout horsemen who would do just as well if they got the breaks that McCoy has had over the years.
McCoy is a good jockey, no more no less.
Shergar was great, but Mill Reef was better
I just had a look at Sunday’s entry on the RP site. Looks like a goodish card. It bodes well for the quality of the racing that James Fanshawe is sending nine there.
Anyone here with an invite for Sunday?
My angle is that if there was an escape route at each fence then horses could run the course rather than running all over the infield. I don’t see why the fences have to stretch the whole width of the course personally ala Auteuil. It wouldn’t be a whole lot of trouble surely, to help avoid these types of occurance, to widen the course by six ft or so onto the infield.
I’m game for a laugh, just an e/w bet for me though
1st Point Barrow (my bet@28s)
2nd Bewleys Berry
3rd Cloudy Lane
I agree that a 186 performance doesn’t make a 186 performer. I also agree that MM didn’t get the 2m4 today. I wouldn’t judge the horse on today, but I never considered the 186 rating viable, based on one single run. I maintain from my earlier thread that Denman is the more versatile horse and entitled to the higher rating.
And yet as a kid in the early 70s the National meant everything to me. I used to get a real thrill seeing the fences for the first time in 12 months on the TV.
I kinda agree, but the national isn’t quite the race it used to be. It’s a glorified handicap chase nowadays. A bookies race.
There was a time when you could eliminate half the field without looking at the formbook. This year, Joes Edge doesn’t even get in from in the handicap proper on 10-6.
It ain’t Cheltenham and never will be. It’s a novelty meeting, just like the Epsom Derby.