General racing and sport tips 2016

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  1. kj says:

    Kempton seems the proper chasing course to me of the 3 london courses and makes good tv viewing.
    I think the horses and trainers will miss it the most.
    I’m afraid jumps days are looking numbered.
    Maybe if we painted the grass barbie pink and spray tanned the jockeys it will appeal to the growing masses of chavs more ;) god the world has gone to **** and they are all big breeders ofcourse.
    I suppose capitalist governments don’t want to see less customers being born or someone would say something about the huge underclass we are making.

    Yep Mike, not been a Shotgun backer myself, just think this term he is looking better, agree he still may not get his head infront, I should have added I’d support e/w at a reasonable price ;)

  2. pablo says:

    Kempton is a hole and apart from Christmas it’s pretty much one man, his dog and some horses.

    The chase and hurdles tracks offer something different though. There’s always that doubt about speedy Kempton types making it up the hill at Cheltenham. Often enough in the Novices’ Chase or King George it’s the placed (or falling) horse staying on, rather than the winner, that triumphs in March.

    However, I think it’s fairly straightforward to make an economic case for alternative use of the land. Ascot and Sandown are attracting good crowds (although Sandown needs modernising) because they put on decent racing all year round. Newbury too. I get to as many meetings at all three as I can.

    Lots of people go for the after racing stuff, others spend all day sniffing Charlie in the toilets, some do both – but at least it means those tracks are economically viable.

  3. Seven Towers says:

    The upside of Kempton closing and losing its fixture list is that Sandown has been struggling for some time in terms of the field sizes it attracts, especially at the beginning of the winter season. This could help increase some of these.

    The downside is that this could exacerbate the West Country bias within National Hunt with another South Eastern track gone. There is a real threat that National Hunt could one day become a provincial sport much like Rugby League, what with Northern racing also struggling to make ends meet.

  4. Seven Towers says:

    The Challenge Cup being the Grand National!

  5. pablo says:

    ST – agreed.

    A ‘united’ racing industry might be able to cross-subsidise the smaller tracks. However, racing can’t even televise all racing in betting shops, bookies care more about FBOTs than racing, the racecourse owners act independently of the BHA, etc. Short termism and too many vested interests at one another’s throats.

  6. pablo says:

    or FOBTs or whatever the bloody things are called

  7. kj says:

    Hey nice to hear from you Pablo ;)
    I thought you’d be in a good position to inform us on the course experience.
    West London has too many courses in this climate, have to agree local courses are a greater loss.

  8. pablo says:

    Free entry to local courses during the week? Subsidise the punters not the racecourses (and their shareholders)?

  9. Seven Towers says:

    I’m not very good at this midweek game but I will have a pop on

    SCOTSWELL @ 20/1
    FEDERICI @ 16/1

  10. Kevski111 says:

    Fill The Power today, nicely weighted and won’t mind this ground.

  11. kj says:

    I assume its a joke name and they really call the horse ‘Phil’ the power TAYLOR at home ;)
    its funny he’s come up today when I logged in, just hearing Graham Taylors died.
    Not a big club football fan, but it was an enjoyable ride growing up through the Taylor yrs at local club Watford. Its funny how England doesn’t work out for some (any) in the managers role, John Barnes too though.. poor compared to his Watford days. What happened to Luther Blisset?

  12. Showlad says:

    Hi all :) :)

    2.50 GONALSTON

  13. moreen says:

    Can’t believe Scotswell has let me down again…great performance from the Smith horse, though.

  14. Showlad says:

    Close 2nd! Dash

    3.10 SOME FINISH

  15. Showlad says:

    Hi Moreen. Happy New Year :) :) Yes you never do know with Scotswell do you, that’s why I couldn’t leave him out.

  16. Seven Towers says:

    I only went for Scotswell and Federici as they were two of only four horses in the race that didn’t have any form of headgear on following on from BL’s post on the GN thread. The other two were Straidnahanna and Ballyben! Doh!

  17. Seven Towers says:

    My last hurrah for the day is in the 3:50

    Popelys Gull @ 8/1
    Cloud Monkey @ 25/1

  18. Mike N says:

    RIP Graham Taylor. A dark day for us Watford fans. :(

  19. moreen says:

    Even Pam Sly lets me down [although it's better to follow her chasers].

  20. mike campo says:

    I’m giving Saphir Du Rheu another chance after fluffing his lines in the Hennessy.
    Taken the 14/1 EW with PPower for the Skybet Chase at end of Jan. Also a little at over 400/1 for the GN just in case they go that route.
    An early fancy of mine for the GN last year was Black Thunder and was looking good in a competetive Chelt H’cp Chase on his seasonal debut until blundering two out when coming to challenge. Form fell apart after and has now left PFN and gone to Greatrex. Entered for a hunter chase up at Kelso on Sunday for his seasonal debut and worth a second look depending on price. Also had a small, mad GN bet at 999-1 on Betfair, just in case as connections would probably want to give him a second chance. Silver Birch left PFN after his form fell apart and then went on to win the GN for his new stable so taken the chance at the huge price.

  21. Kevski111 says:

    Gone for HEAVENLY CRY today 14:30 Lingfield, got to pop up some time and this sharp 5F could do the trick. Also have backed (again) MINTY JONES in the first at Wolverhampton, ran over 7F last time and now dropped back to 5F which I was hoping for as has been showing up early in his races, bad horse, bad race, big price.

  22. Mike N says:

    Away tomorrow so will catch up Sunday on my picks…

    2.40 Doesyourdogbite ew
    3.00 Geordie Des Champs
    3.15 Sandy Beach ew
    3.35 One For Arthur ew, Viva Steve ew, Shotgun Paddy ew

  23. Kevski111 says:

    With so many in the race who don’t quite fit the trends for one reason or another I am going to stick my neck out and back Knockanrawley in the Betfred Chase, from memory it was entered in the Welsh National but didn’t run for whatever reason, long lay off only thing against this horse but seems to go well fresh and will love this ground. Still on same mark as when 3rd to Sausalito sunrise when last seen, trainer knows his onions. 20/1.

  24. Showlad says:

    Afetrnoon all :) :) Have a great winter’s Saturday :)

    Showlad’s Warwick pix:
    1.15 KEEL HAUL @8/1

    1.50 MYSTICAL KNIGHT @4/1

    2.25 COGRY (nap) @8/1



  25. Showlad says:

    3.35 OK the big one…

    A similar make up to many of the staying chases so far this year with a bevvy of potential winners.

    So, my 4 against the field of 20:
    RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE (nap) @22/1. The key to Rig is this low weight; the going and the distance. That’ll be tick, tick, tick then. Running well when BD last year by a loose horse and was the winner in 2013. Venetia in cracking form and this could be a fond and fun farewell win for Rig before he climbs back up to a weight that is unattainable and being 12 time is not on his side.

    MILANSBAR @28/1 oozes potential and could bounce back to run a big race today at an equally big price @28/1.

    DOCTOR HARPER @12/1 could well defy the 7lb rise and progress to take this crown.

    SHOTGUN PADDY @9/1 nailed on place for me and if up to the task could well regain his 2014 crown.

    Good luck all :) :)

  26. Seven Towers says:

    During the week I backed

    SHOTGUN PADDY @ 12/1
    SEGO SUCCESS @ 16/1
    SPOOKYDOOKY @ 20/1
    VIVA STEVE @ 12/1

    I invested in some of the 16/1 available last night for Peace N’ Milan too in the 3:20 at Leopardstown.

    Good luck.

  27. National Punter says:

    Hi all,

    Y four are
    Shotgun paddy
    Milans bar, backed him in tHe Welsh, so hopefully will run better this time
    Rigasin de beuchane
    Will also back knockcrawley

    Good luck

  28. National Punter says:

    Forgot I also backed Vivaldi collange
    Getting in practice for the national by backing 5!

  29. Seven Towers says:

    Well done Mike N. You are definitely this weeks winner!

  30. mike campo says:

    Further to my post on Friday, Black Thunder Duly obliged in the Kelso Hunters Chase on debut.
    I thought it had a very strong looking chance so took the 11/4 yesterday afternoon but as expected, they backed it quite heavily into approx 6/4 on the off.
    He’s dropped to a low looking OR139 mark this season so can afford a few small penalties for clocking up a quick series of wins in this company so hoping they keep him busy from now on, upto taking another shot at the GN off a better mark.

  31. Mike N says:

    Hi all

    Just been catching up on the racing. A couple of disappointments early on then Sandy Beach ran well and a 1st a 3rd in the big one. Had to go for Shotgun didn’t think he’d win but backed him just in case as he’s usually thereabouts on the ground with a lower Mark this time.
    And One For Arthur was really good picking them off one by one.

    Cheers ST.

  32. Mike N says:

    I’ve asked Darren for a Cheltenham Festival thread so hopefully one will be up soon.

  33. Showlad says:

    Well done recent winners :)

    After a very average showing my mid-week pick for the team is 3 value bets in the 2.40 at Exeter today.

    RAY DIAMOND @10/1 (nap)

    Good Luck all :) :)

  34. Seven Towers says:

    I’ll join in and throw a few pennies at the rank outsider VERKO @ 22/1 in the 3:30 @ Ayr.

  35. Seven Towers says:

    And I will go for;

    Surprise Vendor @ 9/2 and Rioja Day @ 8/1 in the 4:00 @ Ayr. Best odds guaranteed.

  36. Seven Towers says:

    Back in the game! Returned 6/1. Happy with that.

  37. Mike N says:

    If you fancy Jezki for the Stayers Hurdle bet365 go 12-1 NRNB. Very fair as if he’s back he could well win, if he’s not back it won’t matter cos its NRNB. I’m on.

  38. Seven Towers says:

    I’ve had a little nibble on Bob Tucker at Newbury today @ 16/1 BOG.

  39. kj says:

    Hey gang! just watching the progress of this wild english tennis man Daniel Evans, looking alot fitter than when he met Federer at wimbledon, just went 2sets to 1 up with Cilic and won a really good break point early in the 4th and chatting away, will it still be a case of what might have been with him, hope not he really has something that is entertaining to watch.

  40. kj says:

    8 break points saved! Cilic picked up and still lost somehow… I see that other Brit is out on court to beat up some lanky kid! probably a future world no.1 ;) could also be interesting to watch.

  41. kj says:

    makes up for letting Wawrinka slip