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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:59 am

ROFL. I've heard that line before, but usually as the definition of "horse sense"!

No joy with yesterday's trio, either. Won't mean a lot that I had a thumping good week at Brighton and Wolverhampton for the paper last week, as I didn't put anything up here! Ah well, fortunately form may be temporary, but class is permanent (as our pub quiz team are also increasingly proving).... ;-D

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Re: The horses

Post by La-Di-Da » Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:57 pm

graysonscolumn wrote:
Undaunted, I was asked to do another three races last night, for this afternoon's fare at Southwell;

15.20 MOONLIGHT BLAZE (each-way)
15.50 original choice already a non-runner, so opting instead for HEROSTATUS
16.20 SWORDS
Ha!
I was in the bookies for a few hours yesterday afternoon.
I backed the winner and 2nd place in the 16.20 and made a nice little profit.
Unfortunately I took the odds about 10 minutes earlier and it went from 12/1 to 33/1 before the race start.
Still, I walked in with £2 and walked out with £20 in the end.
Not a bad afternoon's work.

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:23 pm

Very nice work, well done! Could have done without at least one of my choices refusing to settle early doors and pulling his chance away, but them's the breaks, alas - reminds me why I mostly do in-running backing and laying when I can possibly help it.

I am punditing live on http://radio.timeform.com/ this Sunday from 1.30 onwards and will do well to get much out of the two Flat meetings then - some very big fields at both Newcastle and Bath, with lots of trainers desperate to get one final run on turf out of their charges before that season finishes in three weeks. Kempton's jumps fixture looks a bit more fathomable. Just a bit...

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:51 pm

Always the way, isn't it. Share my selections on here - nuffink wins. Forgot to do so before yesterday - four winners from six races (Racing Post November 15th advises). Soz.

Wish the lantern-jawed inbred and his giggly missus-to-be would hurry up and actually confirm the wedding date, by the way. Already intending to offer to work it. Preferably at a course with no tellies. ;-)

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:56 pm

Those of you as happy to marry the twin delights of splendid music and the 'orses as I am on a near-daily basis might already have noticed by now that;

1) the 3.00 at Kempton this coming Saturday afternoon is the King George, the highest quality steeplechase of the jumps season so far,
2) among the nine set to race is PLANET OF SOUND.

Yep, Planet Of Sound.

Yep, as named after that record.

Will he win? Probably not - the ground will be softer than his optimum and he's got the small matter of Kauto Star (the best jumps horse this country has seen since the 1960s) in opposition.

Oh, and they're not letting Black Francis ride him, either. Spoilsports.

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:21 pm

Was race-reading on a contest containing a horse called GREAT GRIMSBY at Lincoln last Sunday. Thought of Humblebee and smiled.

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:25 am

Only one place for lovers of real and honest horse-bothering to be this weekend. It's a tiny wee jumps racecourse nestling among the dry stone walls and priory of the picturesque South Lakeland village of Cartmel, with the world-famous Sticky Toffee Pudding shop right next door and open all day for the vending of puds, booze and superb local produce.

The racing is low-grade stuff, the facilities and viewing likewise, and if racing's bods had sat down and proposed it as a new racecourse nowadays they'd have been laughed out of town. There will be no bigger (15,000 is likely), happier or kinder crowds at any other racing fixture this weekend, however.

Hope this footage does the beauty and eccentricity of the place some sort of justice. I'll be there on Saturday afternoon in any event, for what at the last count will be my nineteenth visit. Seeya.

http://horses.sportinglife.com/Video/Ra ... 41,00.html

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:53 pm

I'm doing an evening shift for the Racing Post as we speak, and the all-fillies' race at Chepstow on Friday afternoon that I'm previewing at present features a runner called SONG OF THE SIREN.

Not quite the same name as;



...but near enough to give it another airing on 'ere.

Now, how about Liz Fraser doing a racing commentary - that would be fab. "Tistheluckyluckypennypennypennyfellatthefirst", etc.

Wouldn't be any worse than that go Hale & Pace did for Children In Need, at least.

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:16 pm

Alfa Beat.
Weird Al.
Planet of Sound.
Deep Purple.
Junior.
State Of Play. (pre-Curve vehicle for Toni Halliday)

When was there last such a music-themed Grand National line-up as this Saturday's?

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Re: The horses

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:38 am

Any tips, GC?

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:43 am

Not too many massive tips this year, alas - with the contract work I've been doing on the point-to-points this winter and spring, the Rules (i.e. professional) action over the jumps hasn't had quite the same forensic attention from me that it usually would (it will again from June).

That said, I'm very sweet on CAPPA BLEU, who is standing his racing really well since returning from illness (fought colic, and won), travels and jumps powerfully, and won't give a tinker's what the prevailing underfoot conditions end up being.

Tomorrow I'm working at Ystradowen point-to-point, a stone's throw away from where Cappa Bleu is trained. I suspect the nettle ale will be on the house if he (or either of his stablemates, the aforementioned State Of Play and Deep Purple) comes home first.

Worryingly, Timeform (for whom I do my radio work) are also all over Cappa Bleu, so I hope I've not jinxed them as well as the gelding. Timeform's quick guide to the 40 runners is on this 'ere website - there's plenty more on their pay-site.

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Re: The horses

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:03 am

Nice one - thanks for that!

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Re: The horses

Post by graysonscolumn » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:48 pm

Same animal was second this year. Once again, yr indiepop racing correspondent watched the race on a telly at Ystradowen races with several hundred of Cappa Bleu's human neighbours. Once again, yr indiepop racing correspondent was only on him to win, not each-way. Oh fiddle.

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