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A Tale of Two Cards

Discussion in 'Chat' started by GLYCERINE, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. GLYCERINE

    GLYCERINE Foal

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    Wish I was going to Ayr today. I am not. Instead going with a gaggle of my wife's girlfriends to Southwell. As the only one who knows one end of a horse from another, her friends go once in a blue moon, I will be expected to say something about the horses. I have backed horses at Ayr today. Its a wonderful card with some good bets and some interesting questions. Questions like: will Jonjo's horse take a 20lb rise in its stride? Is Azzuri soft? What effect will first time aids have on Great Fighter, and why have they dropped Nomoreblackjack in trip?
    In contrast, most of Southwell's interest centres on which moderate horse will plod on more resolutely than another moderate horse. The equivalent like so much of Southwell's racing, of equine roulette. It won't be a case either, in lots of races of one wanting it more than the other. Most won't want it at all. More probably which horse suddenly takes it into its head to get back to a warm stable the quickest way. Yes it's poor fare, but typical of low grade ARC racing.
    I will say its very competitive, there might be some good finishes and murmur appreciatively when they choose on the basis of name (maybe as good a way as another) or select as their paddock pick some woolly goat. It will be fun anyway. Try as I might its hard to get enthusiastic about any of them but I did pick out the following: Champion Chase, Back To Balloo, Galway Jack, Thoonavolla, and Elkstone. A horse that has ability but might want further, an 11 yr old hurdler in decline, a sulky monkey last time, a fully exposed horse and a horse that should not win but has a little form. Of course Riddlestown might light up the place with another win, but they are a moderate bunch. Add to those a two horse race likely to go to the favourite and a bumper which holds no interest and you can see why I wish I was at Ayr.
    I will read through any tipping posts to see anyone else's views on Southwell, but in my view backing horses is about finding the right races and there are several at Ayr and none at Southwell. Moderate horses who have no heart are poor fare, one paced plodders who try are admirable, but not really a betting medium. Hope anyone reading has a productive day and if anyone is at Ayr. You are very lucky.
     
  2. mick

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    Nice post offering some pre race thoughts.Hope you enjoy your day.I learned the hard way that girl friends or wife's are best left behind when going racing.:eek:
     
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  3. GLYCERINE

    GLYCERINE Foal

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    Yes agree with you totally. Excellent point. She has just spent the last two hours on the phone and is now driving around to pick up friends, despite me telling her again and again I want to get there early today so I can relax and have a place to come back to after the paddock inspection and racing....they are good at keeping a seat and watching on TV so there is always somewhere to come back to. Assuming they ever get ready. You are right though. I never tell her anything whether I win or lose. If she asks me how I did I just say I forgot to put a bet on and just watched out of interest. Amazing how a betting bank can be decimated by a partner. The reason I try and push her to go is because I go racing so much and she gets fed up never seeing me. When she gets there all she wants to do is eat somewhere that costs an arm and a leg and post on FB. Most times she hasn't even seen a race. Different values, she likes to dress up and eat on a reasonable day. I like to dress down and watch jump racing on a filthy day when all the revelers are absent and only the diehards are around. One new friend coming today who told me she had been before and enjoyed it so there is hope at least.
     
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  4. dave58

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    Hi mate, when I started actually making profits from this game I used to use them to take my wife for days out at the races, that way we both got to share my hobby.
    I remember once we went to Salisbury because I wanted to watch one of my selections run , mine won by a head at really short odds, the very next race Carol had a 16/1 winner !
    She also enters the comp on here and has won it a couple of times; you can imagine the stick I get when I have to give her the monthly prize money !
     
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  5. davejb

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    Why wouldn't she have enjoyed it last time - she too probably
    ;)

    All that aside, I hope you enjoyed yourself despite the less than stellar racing fare...
     

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