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    • Pretty sure your correct re him being a Southlander especially after his earlier comments about Nathan Williamson
    • Surprised by you absence up till now , after all its your fav subject.😋
    • The first day of Royal Ascot 2021 took place on a very warm and sunny afternoon. The ground was confirmed Good to Firm with some Good areas down by Swinley Bottom on the Round Course. A reduced crowd of 12,000 was in attendance. The meeting opened with the Queen Anne Stakes over the straight 1600m – the mile championship race for the older horses. Last year’s champion 3-y-o miler PALACE PIER had impressed in the Lockinge at Newbury and went off 2/7 to follow up. Queen Anne Stakes:   Those expecting a Frankel-style demolition were out of luck, but Dettori got the job done. I thought the ground was as firm as the horse wanted and coming off a slow early meant it was always going to be a dash for the line and Frankie had PALACE PIER well placed to exploit the raising of the pace. LOPE Y FERNANDEZ ran his usual sound race, but I just wonder if they’ll try him back at 1400m in a race like the Lennox at Goodwood. SIR BUSKER ran a huge race for his syndicate of owners. The plan for the winner seems to be either the Sussex at Goodwood or the Marois at Deauville (in either case, he may well take on POETIC FLARE of whom much more anon). From there, John Gosden is keen to step PALACE PIER up to 2000m for the Juddmonte but if he were mine, I’d look at the Irish Champion which is less of a stamina test, but the ground will be key. On genuine good ground or slower, PALACE PIER is a real force. The second Group 1 was the King’s Stand over 1000m for the 3-y-o and upwards. This is again a championship race and the 2020 winner BATTAASH was back to defend his crown and supported down to 11/8 to score. However, he had not been seen since the Nunthorpe at York last year and had suffered a setback. King’s Stand Stakes:   OXTED returned to form with a vengeance – let’s not forget he won the July Cup over 1200m last year but clearly a stiff 1000m and a suicidally fast early gallop plays to his strengths. I thought he got the gaps while the runner up didn’t and ARECIBO comes out of this with a lot of credit in my view while the American horse, EXTRAVAGANT LAD, also ran well in third. BATTAASH looked to “blow up” 300m down and jockey Jim Crowley suggested the horse needed the run – well, perhaps and it may be the quick 1000m at Goodwood for the King George or the flat 1000m for the Nunthorpe at York will play more to his strengths, but this was a notch disappointing. I thought WINTER POWER didn’t enjoy the ground and the younger horses were well held – LIBERTY BEACH is another who I think would have wanted it slower. OXTED is top of the sprinting tree for now and I imagine connections will think of Newmarket and a repeat of the July Cup – this is a tough race with both the Diamond Jubilee and Commonwealth Cup winners likely to be in opposition, but we know OXTED thrives on fast ground so if it comes up quick on the July Course, he will still take a world of beating. The day’s feature was the 3-y-o colt mile championship race, the St James’s Palace Stakes, often known as Ascot’s 2000 Guineas, but unlike Newmarket this is on the Round Mile and is a different test than the straight dash down the Heath. POETIC FLARE had, as the saying goes, “danced every dance” this season, running in the English, French and Irish 2000 Guineas, winning at Newmarket, coming a close second to his stable companion at The Curragh and finishing a slightly unlucky sixth at Longchamp. Many of those who he had already beaten, such as LUCKY VEGA, CHINDIT, WEMBLEY and THUNDER SNOW re-opposed along with the unbeaten MOSTAHDAF who had won the Heron at Sandown. St James’s Palace Stakes:   This was a stunning performance by POETIC FLARE, a tribute to the constitution of the horse and the skills of his 79-year-old trainer Jim Bolger. He relished the fast ground and the stiff 1600m and simply galloped away from them off what wasn’t an early dawdle set by ONTARIO. In what was probably his final race before heading for stallion duties in Australia, LUCKY VEGA kept on for second, but POETIC FLARE has now beaten him three times. The one for me, apart from the winner, was BATTLEGROUND who kept on well for third and I think may still have some improvement to come. CHINDIT ran well – I thought he might have been a suspect stayer, but he saw this out well enough. The likes of THUNDER MOON, WEMBLEY, LA BAROSSA and MOSTADHAF were all well held. The question now is whether the winner will face PALACE PIER at Goodwood or perhaps at Deauville and the prospect of another “Duel on the Downs” is getting plenty of people excited. The early Sussex betting has PALACE PIER at 4/5, POETIC FLARE at 4/1 and BATTLEGROUND at 14s and I think that’s a bit of an insult to POETIC FLARE who has more than proved himself among his peers. The main supporting race was the Group 2 Coventry Stakes for the juveniles over 1200m. The Wesley Ward-trained KAUFYMAKER drifted like a barge as the money came for the Gosden newcomer DHABAB, but this went to Team Balding with BERKSHIRE SHADOW who scored at 11/1. The winner is in the same ownership as the stayer BERKSHIRE ROCCO and the way he finished suggested 1400m or further would be no problem. Andrew Balding’s father, Ian, trained the winner of the Coventry way back in 1970 with the champion MILL REEF who, despite winning the Derby and the Arc in 1971, is generally considered in that generation inferior to BRIGADIER GERARD who beat him three lengths in the 2000 Guineas. BERKSHIRE SHADOW had won back in mid-April at Newbury so to come back after two months and establish yourself as top juvenile is no mean feat. ELDRICKJAMES was tipped up at big prices by a few pundits and ran home second at 66/1. Neither fourth placed MASSETO nor sixth placed DHABAB had the rub of the green and I expect both to be contenders for races like the July Stakes at Newmarket or the Richmond at Goodwood. The Listed Wolferton Stakes looked wide open – PATRICK SARSFIELD, who was the only one of the runners with solid Group form, went off favourite and looked set to win when coming through to lead 300m out but he had done plenty earlier in the evening and was run down by JUAN ELCANO who was fifth in the 2000 Guineas in 2020 but had struggled since before wind surgery. As is often the case, the wind op can spark a lot of improvement and a reproduction of the Guineas form was good enough. The handicaps produced a couple of right boilovers – the 4000m Ascot Stakes saw 66/1 shot RESHOUN just hold off the late challenge of M C MULDOON as a big plunge on CAPE GENTLEMAN from 10s to 9/4 went astray. Finally, the 2800m Copper Horse Stakes another big plunge on an Irish horse with SALDIER, who had decent hurdle form for Willie Mullins, backed down to 15/8 from 7s but again the cash stayed with the bookies as John Gosden’s AMTIYAAZ won at 33/1 for Hollie Doyle just pushing out another 33/1 shot in DUBIOUS AFFAIR. Day One ended with the three Group 1 races all won by previous Group 1 winners – PALACE PIER and POETIC FLARE may yet meet on the Sussex Downs while OXTED now dominates the sprint division.
    • 1 till 5 radio with people sitting around with a lot of waffle,maybe?we will just have to wait and see but the best racing starts after 5 over the ditch but everything is a work in progress i guess,time will tell.
    • A recent winner of two consecutive stakes at Golden Gate, Downstream Racing's None Above the Law returns to Santa Anita Park June 19 to lead a group of nine California-bred 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on turf in the $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes. View the full article
    • With a vague, self-imposed deadline for offers having expired, Churchill Downs Inc. reportedly has received "strong proposals from numerous parties" to buy the property currently occupied by Arlington International Racecourse. View the full article
    • A four-time Gold Cup (G1) winner was crowned at Royal Ascot but instead of star stayer Stradivarius being lifted into the pantheon alongside Yeats, it was Britain's winning-most trainer Mark Johnston who savored victory with Subjectivist June 17. View the full article
    • Perfect Power produced an emotional victory for Paul Hanagan and longtime ally Richard Fahey when getting the best of a frantic finish to the Norfolk Stakes (G2). View the full article
    • John and Thady Gosden-trained Loving Dream scores 18-1 upset when landing the June 17 Ribblesdale Stakes (G2) at Ascot Racecourse. View the full article
    • Fresh off a fine second in the 1 1/4-mile Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2T), Acclimate stretches out to race 1 3/4 miles on turf against five rivals in the $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (G3T) June 19 at Santa Anita Park. View the full article
    • The inaugural Racecourse Manager Certification program, an online curriculum for turf surface maintenance personnel, will host its third and final session on Monday, June 21 at 11 a.m. ET. View the full article
    • Here goes with my bet for being fortunate enough to win the Stadbroke Day Comp last Saturday. 🙂 Please can I have for this Saturday  :- Ipswich R8 Horse 2 Amish Boy $ 175 Each-Way Many thanks to very generous sponsors Scooby and Liz. Here's hoping. 🙂  
    • Lloyd Madison Farms' multiple graded stakes winner Sconsin headlines a field of six fillies and mares entered in the June 19 $110,000 Roxelana Overnight Stakes run over 6 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs. View the full article
    • With the major summer tests for 3-year-olds looming on the horizon, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer will be returning to the East Coast. View the full article
    • So Biden  approves the pipeline and lifts the sanctions on Russia  Meanwhile Hunter Biden gets paid 3.5m from the wife of a Russian orligarch  I would have thought that was Biden Russia possible collusion and the fake news would be all over it every day for the next 3 years. Enjoy the show
    • I think the plan must be working in its own time. Remember our old Ministry of Works? Nothing ever got finished. You keep adding more and more to the list "the plan" is working on, however they haven't even finished Task 1 yet.......or did Hilary get arrested? You will have died of old age before anything happens here...
    • The plan is looking good even if the brainwashed here can't see it yet Team Trump have caught them all Fauci emails shows a bioweapion was funded and released. Big Pharma are rolling out a vaccine when they know a cure already exists....illegal The corrupt MSM knowingly pushed a plandemic with lies and fake statistics Election fraud is going to be exposed to the world starting with the Maricopa County forensic audit And that is just the beginning....nothing can stop what is coming....plan working      
    • Berri, I am only talking about one son of the big G, and what he might leave………..that remains to be seen. But in terms of Frankel…….well……………..???? Not every son of Mr P and Danzig were flash. Cheers John
    • Sad? Yes you are. A sad excuse for a human being 
    • They are Faucis own fucking emails you idiot. Go read them! Ha getting a vaccine for a scamdemic ....hook line and sinker Sad
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