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    At this rate Mr Shepherd might not be the only one losing rides, watch out Mr Shoemark.

    in reply to: Bryony back with a bang #1692902
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    All the best to her and with the handy claim you’d expect a fair amount of success.

    in reply to: Novices Championship Final 2024 #1691978
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    If I were the connections of Maasai Mara I would be very aggrieved with the starter and being declared a runner to boot!

    in reply to: Grand National – marks out of 10 #1690723
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    It is what it is nowadays. Of course it’s easier then when i started to watch the race, back in the days of The Pilgarlic but rightly or wrongly we are not going to go back. To be honest though every course seems to be easier than it used to be. I remember watching the Charlie Hall in the eighties and Wetherby was tough to jump, the same at the old Haydock and in particular the third last at Kempton. Cheltenham is meant to be the pinnacle but is that really the test it once was. I do echo GM23’s thoughts though, insomuch that it was an easier watch compared to last year.
    Even if you are for or against the changes, we now know whats needed to win these days, so go and fill your pockets!

    in reply to: David Maxwell oh dear #1690555
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    Looks like three odds on chances this season, two of which were in races against professionals. Okay, we know we’re we are at with David Maxwell but I still think he had a good ride yesterday.

    in reply to: David Maxwell oh dear #1690546
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    To be fair to David Maxwell, his win stats are just below Jack Tudor and above Brendan Powell, so maybe these two jockeys shouldn’t have ridden in the race either! He also doesn’t just compete in Hunter Chases but in races against professionals (don’t know the numbers of each though).

    in reply to: Standing start #1690038
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    I agree. Couldn’t for the life of me figure out why he wanted them to stop.

    in reply to: Bryony back with a bang #1689798
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    You’re not wrong and especially about Dunne. Well done Bryony that was a cracking ride.

    in reply to: Il Est Francais #1689020
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    Stilvi, you keep saying these horses weren’t Grade 1 standard but Hermes Allen had been a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and prior to Boxing Day had won a Grade 2 over fences. Correct me if I’m wrong but it’s the first Grade 1 of the season for novices, so if the likes of Hermes Allen weren’t potentially Grade 1, who’s going to actually run in this race? To me his performance on the day was just wow and the clock backs that up. Can we not jump the gun and say he won’t like Cheltenham, he won’t like this and he won’t like that et al. We don’t know. Seem to remember a lot of people on here questioning what Galopin had done prior to his first Gold Cup and look how that’s turned out.

    in reply to: Five runners #1688478
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    I might not have the solution but a few suggestions would be…
    Run your horses for a start. Putting the Mares race aside, in the three novice hurdles at Cheltenham Britain had a combined nine runners! A third of which were trained by Ben Pauling who nearly won the Albert Bartlett. Run them and see how good they are, might not come to anything but you won’t know until you’ve tried.
    It seems Willie Mullins gets all the best horses from France but as he’s now cornered that market why not try German breeding as an example. A few years ago German bred horses had a half decent record at Cheltenham from very few runners.
    Go looking for owners. Most of the trainers must know a friend of a friend of a friend. Go pigeon hole Sir Jim Ratcliffe, see if he’s into racing. I just checked the Sunday Times rich list and Alan Howard is at number 100 with a fortune of 1.75bn; surely there are some people above him who would love to get into Racing and have Cheltenham runners/winners; it would also seem a perfect time now to acquire new owners between both of the festivals.
    Get in with Godolphin/Qatar Racing and the like and see if you can acquire their so called decent cast offs at the end of the season.
    Who are all the top British owners? Someone touched upon this in another thread and i think there’s only Ronnie Bartlett, Kenny Alexander, Munir/Soude and to a lesser extent Tony Bloom (correct me if i’m wrong). Ask Munir and Soude why they only have a handful of horses left in this country.
    None of what i’ve suggested may work but lets at least try.

    in reply to: Five runners #1688448
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    Think that this is getting out of hand, as sport is virtually the only meritocracy left and i would hate to see restrictions being put into place or bonuses for GB trained winners etc. British trainers need to improve, simply as that. Yes it’s easy just to say that and i don’t know what some of the answers are but improve they must. I do though agree with the win and you’re in concept, as it seems ridiculous to have National trials and the winners not ending up in the race. Personally, even if one of the winners of these trials were currently number 60th in the list they’d automatically qualify.
    One thing that caught my eye from Cheltenham was that David Pipe (although not the trainer he was), had only two runners at 100-1 and 150-1. The reason i’ve brought his name up is because the lowest rated in the Kim Muir was 127 and he, like a lot of other British trainers, didn’t have anything to field in this race; that to me is just unbelievable.

    in reply to: If I were King of Cheltenham #1683953
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    I don’t have a problem per se where all the horses are trained, whether it be here, Ireland or wherever, think the Prestbury Cup is pointless. Going by the original topic and nothing whatsoever against Willie Mullins but i always think back to 2015. All things being equal and the following being trained elsewhere, we could have had a Champion Hurdle containing Faugheen, Annie Power, Vautour, Un De Secaux, Hurrican Fly and Champagne Fever!

    in reply to: If I were King of Cheltenham #1683898
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    Yeats, I think you were being slightly disingenuous to Kevin Blake. We need people like him (and more), to put these concerns down in print otherwise it’s guaranteed nothing will change. Hope might be pie in the sky but at least it’s something we can cling onto.

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    I’m no equine doctor, so if he’s clear by Friday is that sufficient time for Cheltenham? I don’t want to see them rush him to Cheltenham, just because it is Cheltenham. If that happened then you could throw the rubbish about “doing what’s best for the horse” out the window.

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    We are all entitled to our opinions Stilvi but I must take issue with your comments regarding Kevin Blake. To me he is one of the very few people who identifys problems within racing and actually comes up with valid solutions.

    in reply to: Prestbury Cup – how many will UK get? #1680932
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    Agree with everything that’s been said, we just want to see good competitive racing.

    in reply to: Betfair Hurdle 2024 #1680790
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    Hats off to the Favoir backers, I got it totally wrong thinking this would be a midfield run, then dropped a few pounds for Cheltenham. Let’s keep it simple and just back all of Skeltons in the County.

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