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  1. Catalano

    Game of Thrones.

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned* *scorned = leaving the seat up, letting her get hangry, putting a bowl away in the wrong cupboard, not putting all 27 pillows on the bed in the right order
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    Game of Thrones.

    A little disappointing - I wrote this earlier... On this day in history, 2019, millions of Game of Thrones fans awoke and their first thought was ‘what the hell was that all about?’ A talk-fest finale, with a sugary ending, a decade in the making? I cooked some gourmet chicken sausages (chicken, feta, and pumpkin) on the BBQ, I had my potato chips (diet starts tomorrow), and we settled down to watch the television event of the year. The destination was acceptable enough, but the means of transportation was like flying economy to London via Vladivostok with no drinks service. I mean, Jon ‘I cannot tell a lie’ Snow pulls off the perfect crime, the left-over dragon gives him a bit of a char just to let him know he’s not very happy, melts the Iron Throne, collects Dany and fly’s off. No body, no witnesses… I’d be like ‘yeah, she just decided to go, says her work is finished and all that’. Or, take Aria aside ‘we have a bit of a problem, and I was hoping you could do that face-changing thing and send the Unsullied on a bit of a mission… a long mission’ But no, next scene, Jon’s in the slammer facing execution having obviously confessed to the whole thing – who would do that!? Oh yeah, Jon Snow. And Grey Worm, the Unsullied Commander, who is all ‘he must be executed, nothing else is acceptable!’ is then convinced that letting Jon go and live with his mates up north is commensurate with a head lopping – what a push-over! And then Bran, who let’s face it, actually didn’t do anything in the entire series except fall (fell, pushed – potato, potarto) out of a tower, and be human bait for the King of the Dead – hardly qualifications to rule. And while we’re on rulers, the King of the Dead seemed like quite an even-tempered guy. Sure he had quite a flat management structure, but I didn’t see any despotic behaviour, and it looked like he welcomed diversity in his team – giants, wildlings, humans, dragons. He also seemed to run quite a tight economy, what with everyone being dead and not actually requiring food, shelter, infrastructure etc – the Army of the Dead would have had quite a high ESG (environmental, social, governance) score, so yeah, a discussion about pros and cons prior to resorting to swords and dragons might have been a bit more constructive.
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    J Allen - 13 Days- Appealling

    I was on Savvy Coup, but I thought the white flag was already being run up when the interference occurred. What I can't understand, is that when you know there's going to be real pace in the race, why fly the gates from a wide barrier and race handy? I think she needs to come home, she's obviously not a happy horse over there.
  4. Scooby, this stopped being entertaining quite a while ago. Everyone knows CT will not honour the 100/1 and we all know Leo isn’t going to put up $1000 for bragging rights. Lock it down and move on.
  5. 1. R5 Arawa Park 2.24pm : 2/14 2. R1 Morphettville 2.41pm : 1/4 3. R3 Caulfield 3.05pm : 1/3 bb 4. R7 Arawa Park 3.34pm : 1/6 5. R5 Doomben 3.50pm (Quinella Race) : 1/3 6. R6 Doomben 4.30pm : 1/5 bb 7. R6 Caulfield 5.00pm : 6/9 8. R6 Scone 5.25pm : 2/5 9. R8 Doomben 5.50pm : 1/13 10. R7 Morphettville 6.36pm 2/16 commonsensical, the reason my avatar is a muppet is because that’s how I’ve been betting for the last... oh let’s just call it a decade. I hope you’re on fire mate!
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    Kentucky Derby Coverage

    This is a great story, and includes a clip worth watching. https://www.punters.com.au/news/kentucky-derby-fill-up-for-aussie-punters_179922/ "Mike Dalton and his mates have always talked about attending the Kentucky Derby, so this year they took the plunge and ventured across the world. They expected to have a good time, but they couldn't have predicted the financial fill-up that was to follow. Sitting around their Airbnb accommodation a couple of days ago, the lads turned to their favourite Kentucky Derby-related video on YouTube for a bit of entertainment. The clip, which surfaced about five years ago, shows American television presenter Ken Rudulph tipping 50-1 outsider Giacomo to win the 2005 Kentucky Derby...."
  7. Catalano

    Damn TAB app.

    I’ve had the same password since the internet began, but last week it was apparently incorrect and after a few tries I got locked out. I also had some issues with a ‘bonus’ that I’d been offered. I have never called the help desk in decades of betting, yet last week had to call three times!
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    Kentucky Derby Field/Analysis

    I might have a wee each-way bet on Cutting Humor... Kentucky Derby 2019 Daily: Cutting Humor gets the ‘green light’ By Jonathan Lintner April 19, 2019 06:24pm Welcome to Horse Racing Nation’s Kentucky Derby Daily, which will each day leading up to the May 4 race at Churchill Downs detail all the news and notes related to contenders in one convenient space. Entering the Sunland Derby (G3), Jack Wolf, head of the Starlight Racing partnership, didn’t believe the group had a 2019 Kentucky Derby horse in Cutting Humor. Even after the colt won on March 24 in a track-record time, Wolf still knew the son of First Samurai had to prove himself to Todd Pletcher, as the trainer’s 3-year-olds always do this time of year. And as of this week? “We’re on full green light to go forward,” Wolf said. Friday morning, Cutting Humor beat some expected rain at Pletcher’s Palm Beach Downs base in Florida, breezing five furlongs in 59.58 seconds inside of Last Judgment, a budding sophomore stablemate. “He came out of the Sunland Derby better than he’s been,” Wolf added. “He’s training better than he has.” Cutting Humor could ship in next week for a final workout at Churchill Downs, but Wolf considers it more likely the colt arrives on an April 30 flight because “he’s doing so well where he is.” Two starts back, Cutting Humor broke as the Southwest Stakes (G3) favorite at Oaklawn Park having exited a runner-up in allowance company at Gulfstream Park to open his season. That day, Cutting Humor carried jockey John Velazquez wide into the first turn. Those issues were cured when he nipped Anothertwistafate by a neck at Sunland Park. “If you draw a line through the Southwest, which I have a tendency to do — of course, I’m prejudiced — then you can make a case,” Wolf said of Cutting Humor’s Kentucky Derby candidacy. It doesn’t hurt that the future Hall of Famer Pletcher feels the same. “He was commenting on how equal most of these horses’ numbers are,” Wolf added. “It’s not like you’ve got a Justify — a horse like that standing out from a numbers standpoint. Who gets the trip and can jump up on the day?” Pletcher also trains the Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Spinoff, who had Velazquez up for his final prep. Manny Franco will ride on the first Saturday in May with Velazquez staying loyal to Code of Honor and trainer Shug McGaughey. A rider has not been announced for Cutting Humor.
  9. 2019 Kentucky Derby Horses, Post Positions, Odds, Analysis And Start Time By Neil Greenberg (Washington Post) -- Bob Baffert, the Hall of Fame trainer of Triple Crown winners American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018, has three horses in the Kentucky Derby. The most promising is Game Winner, winner of the Breeder's Cup Juvenile in 2018 and runner up in the Santa Anita Derby this past April. His other two horses, Roadster (the winner of the Santa Anita Derby) and Improbable (a son of City Zip, who is looking for his first win as a 3-year-old) are among the top betting choices. The morning-line favorite, however, is Omaha Beach, winner of the Arkansas Derby and the Rebel Stakes. Richard Mandella's quest for an elusive Kentucky Derby victory — he's 0 for 6 in his 45-year Hall of Fame career — will be in the hands of two-time Derby-winning jockey Mike Smith, who was aboard Mandella's dark brown colt in the horse's last two victories. "Hopefully, Omaha Beach is getting better," Smith told Ed Golden of the Paulick Report. "The Derby is a tough race with a tough bunch of three-year-olds, but Omaha Beach seems to be the 'now' horse." Post Time : Saturday, 6:50 p.m. Eastern time, NBC Here's a closer look at the full 20-horse field for the 2019 Kentucky Derby: No. 1 War of Will (20-1) Trainer: Mark Casse Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione His disappointment in the Louisiana Derby was due to a slip out of the starting gate but he looked impressive in three wins before that. Breaking from the rail is problematic: the last winner from this post was Ferdinand in 1986. No. 2 Tax (20-1) Trainer: Danny Gargan Jockey: Junior Alvarado Claimed for $50,000 in October, he's hit the board in three graded stakes races since and has the pedigree to last at the classic distance. Unfortunately, geldings like Tax have only won the Kentucky Derby four times in 115 chances since 1908 with the most recent four never finishing better than 16th. No. 3 By My Standards (20-1) Trainer: Bret Calhoun Jockey: Gabriel Saez Calhoun's upset winner of the Louisiana Derby has one of the highest speed figures in the field. His sire, Goldencents, is a two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile but finished 17th in the 2013 Kentucky Derby. No. 4 Gray Magician (50-1) Trainer: Peter Miller Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke This year's UAE Derby runner-up is taking a big step up in class here, but his pedigree screams speed and his front-running style could keep him in the mix until the end. A true wild card. No. 5 Improbable (6-1) Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. This chestnut son of City Zip never finished worse than second in five races, including his last two graded stakes against fellow Derby competitors. He will have blinkers off, a worrying sign Baffert is still tinkering with his horse. No. 6 Vekoma (20-1) Trainer: George Weaver Jockey: Javier Castellano This forward-running colt won the Blue Grass by 3-1/2 lengths despite a fast pace and will have four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano in the saddle on Saturday. No. 7 Maximum Security (10-1) Trainer: Jason Servis Jockey: Luis Saez This former $16,000 maiden-claimer got a perfect trip in the Florida Derby. He could be let loose on the lead in a field devoid of speed. No. 8 Tacitus (10-1) Trainer: Bill Mott Jockey: Jose Ortiz This son of Tapit leaped to the top of the Derby's points leader board with wins in the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial but neither were against stiff competition. No. 9 Plus Que Parfait (30-1) Trainer: Brendan Walsh Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr. Imperial Racing's ridgeling is the first U.S.-based horse to win the UAE Derby but winners of that race are 0-for-10 in the Kentucky Derby. The best finish for a UAE Derby winner was Master of Hounds in 2011, a fifth-place effort. No. 10 Cutting Humor (30-1) Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Corey Lanerie Pletcher's Derby hopeful set a track record in the Sunland Derby and has posted triple-digit Brisnet Late Pace figures (how fast the horse ran from the pre-stretch call to the finish) in three of his last four starts. He could get a piece of the superfecta at a nice price. No. 11 Haikal (30-1) Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin Jockey: Rajiv Maragh This New York-based colt hit the board in five starts but all required pace meltdowns over shorter distances. It is unlikely he gets a similar blistering pace in this year's Run for the Roses. No. 12 Omaha Beach (4-1) Trainer: Richard Mandella Jockey: Mike Smith He led wire to wire in his last two prep races and Mike Smith, a two-time Derby winner, aboard makes him a worthy morning-line favorite. No. 13 Code of Honor (15-1) Trainer: Shug McGaughey Jockey: John Velazquez Code of Honor's late push at Gulfstream Park, which favors front-running horses, in the Florida Derby was impressive and could set him up to round out the exotics but that's a best-case scenario. No. 14 Win Win Win (15-1) Trainer: Michael Trombetta Jockey: Julian Pimentel This closer got bumped in the Blue Grass and overcame a front-running bias at Keeneland to hold on for second. He closed into a fast pace in the Tampa Bay Derby, too. No. 15 Master Fencer (50-1) Trainer: Koichi Tsunoda Jockey: Julien Leparoux Just one maiden win (albeit a stakes race) in 2018 and one allowance win in January in six starts is all that's on this horse's résumé. The first Japanese-bred Derby contestant appears to be outmatched here despite having run the classic distance twice on the turf. No. 16 Game Winner (5-1) Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Joel Rosario He is trying to become the third Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to win the Derby in 34 years. He would be the first to do it without winning any race in between. No. 17 Roadster (6-1) Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Florent Geroux The Santa Anita Derby winner is peaking at the right time after throat surgery and a long layoff. Can he win outside of California? No horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby from this post (0 for 40). No. 18 Long Range Toddy (30-1) Trainer: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Jon Court Asmussen saw his colt step up in class in the Arkansas Derby against three Derby competitors, but walked away with a sixth-place finish, 14 lengths behind the winner. No. 19 Spinoff (30-1) Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: Manny Franco This son of Hard Spun was caught four wide on the turn in the Louisiana Derby before giving way in the stretch, but that didn't stop him from earning a career-high Brisnet speed figure (102). No. 20 Country House (30-1) Trainer: Bill Mott Jockey: Flavien Prat Country House earned a spot in the Derby due to his third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby but hasn't dealt with a fast pace since the Risen Star in February.
  10. 1. Royal Randwick R2 2.05pm : 5 2. Hastings R5 3.05pm : 10 3. Royal Randwick R4 3.15pm (Bonus Race) : 1 4. Royal Randwick R5 3.50pm : 11 5. Royal Randwick R6 4.25pm (Bonus Race) : 8 6. Caulfield R5 4.45pm : 9 bb 7. Royal Randwick R7 5.05pm : 7 8. Royal Randwick R8 5.50pm (Bonus Race) : 10 9. Royal Randwick R9 6.30pm : 6 10. Caulfield R8 6.50pm : 3 bb 11. Royal Randwick R10 7.10pm : 5 12. Morphettville R8 7.40pm : 7
  11. Race 1 1.50pm 10 bb Race 2 2.30pm 5 Race 3 3.00pm 6 Race 4 3.10pm 12 Race 5 3.50pm 1 Race 6 4.20pm 2 bb Race 7 4.30pm 1 Race 8 5.10pm 6 Race 9 5.50pm 1 1 Race 10 6.30pm 2 Race 11 7.10pm 5
  12. When you've won $24-odd million, maybe you're not looking to breed to sell, and you go to something a little less fashionable, that will leave a good type to race? Maybe something that they can spend some time on and win a Melbourne Cup with (may as well complete the set!)
  13. I might have missed it, but did the connections ever state that she was definitely retiring after the Queen Elizabeth?
  14. Catalano

    Savvy Coup at 90’s?

    Oh, ok...