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11 Jan 18 22:11
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This is the first year I’ve made it to the new year with no massive non runners. Thistlecrack wasn’t a big bet but I did have him but asides from that, hopefully all are going to the races I wanted.

These are my bets anyway:

Any race – Samcro 4/1
Any race – Dame De Compagnie 10/1
Any race – Bamako Moriviere 20/1
Any race – If The Cap Fits 16/1
Any race – Benie Des Dieux 14/1 & 10/1
Any race – Finians Oscar 9/2

Supreme – If The Cap Fits 10/1 & 7/1 NRNB
Arkle – Petit Mouchoir 7/1 NRNB

Champion Bumper – Hollowgraphic 12/1

Mares Novice – Lesley Dawn 16/1
Stayers – Unowhatimeanharry 7/1
RSA – Black Corton 20/1 each way

Gold Cup – Thistlecrack 5/1
Gold Cup – Bristol De Mai 33/1
Gold Cup – Blaklion 40/1 each way
Foxhunters – Burning Ambition 10/1 NRNB

Plus many multiples. Quite a few trixies and Yankees of Apples Shakira, Samcro, Altior and Apples Jade.

On the whole, I’d say I’m happy with that. My biggest bets are the trixies of the four mentioned above.

Biggest single bet is If The Cap Fits.

How are you lot getting on at this stage? What’s your main bets?
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Report Forty January 14, 2018 6:01 PM GMT
Mondale should read Monalee

Report sageform January 14, 2018 6:13 PM GMT
Only 2 so far.
Thistlecrack GC out
Politologue Champion chase at 8.4. Praying that Waiting Patiently doesn't run against him.
Report sixtwosix January 14, 2018 6:33 PM GMT
Gold Cup
Road To Respect 41
Disko 26
Cloudy of Dream 60
Empire Of Dirt 200
Total Recall 100

Champion Hurdle
My Tent Or Yours 40
Chitebello 61
Report harry callaghan January 14, 2018 7:10 PM GMT
can't find anything that stands out yet in which to place a proper wager but am working on it...

although i will say i have been in mystic winds camp in regards the triumph hurdle for quite a while, i just can't bring myself to have a bet until all the jigsaw pieces are in place...looking at some of the lists on here some people are already looking on the back foot to me and is the reason why i like to have an unbiased opinion going into the meeting 

i have one ew yankee for fun but i don't hold out much hope, however i like a stab at one just to see if i can win the shop

Yankee (x22) Each Way

    Arkle Chase - Each Way
    Footpad 6/1
    E/W Terms: 1/5 Odds | 3 Places
    Champion Hurdle 2018 - Each Way
    Yorkhill 12/1
    E/W Terms: 1/5 Odds | 3 Places
    Ballymore Novices Hurdle 2018 - Each Way
    Samcro 9/2
    E/W Terms: 1/5 Odds | 3 Places
    Gold Cup 2018 - Each Way
    Might Bite 8/1
    E/W Terms: 1/5 Odds | 3 Places 

hopefully might bite and footpad could at least run a place and get near the stake back
Report BigField January 14, 2018 8:04 PM GMT
Triumph Hurdle

We Have A Dream - 25s and 20s on here
Report BigField January 14, 2018 8:05 PM GMT
only for £70 though so nothing crazy
Report DontBeSakhee January 14, 2018 8:13 PM GMT
Much improved after this weekend:

The Russian Doyen 50 NRNB
Movewiththetimes 28
Champion Hurdle:
Defi Du Seuil 22 & 9
Next Destination 7
Finians Oscar 16
Fountains Windfall 33
Douvan 5 NRNB
Coral Cup:
Le Breuil 33 AP & 20 NRNB
Champion Bumper:
Clinton Hill 25
Min 14
Supasundae 16
The Worlds End 25
Gold Cup:
Might Bite 7

Any Race (WillHills):
Next Destination 4.31
Getabird 8.63
Slate House 15.3
Report BigField January 14, 2018 8:23 PM GMT
DontBeSakhee, very nice with RSA Finians Oscar and Fountains Windfall and Any Race Getabird, obviously love the Le Breuil Coral Cup as well. Good luck!
Report Jb23 January 15, 2018 2:23 PM GMT
Some good and some bad in here. Here are my main positions

- If The Cap Fits (Supreme) @ 80.00
- Neon Wolf (Arkle) @ 10-1
- Faugheen (Champion Hurdle) @ 6-1
- Ballyoptic (4 Miler) @ 25-1
- Movewiththetimes (Close brothers Nvice Chase) @ 20-1

- Red Jack (Ballymore) @ 16-1
- Barney Dwan (RSA) @ 150.00
- Sceau Royal (RSA) @ 130.00
- Pingshou (Coral Cup) @ 25.00
- Un De Sceaux (QMCC) @ 55.00
- Cause of Causes (X Country) in pretty much every lucky 15
- Hollowgraphic (Champion Bumper) @ 10.00

- Willoughby Court (JLT) @ 16-1
- Finians Oscar (JLT) @ 12-1
- Clas Des Obeaux (Ryan Air) @ 140.00
- Barters Hill (Stayers) @ 75.00
- Countister (Mares Novice Hurdle) @ 20-1
- Dame De Companie (Mares Novice Hurdle) @ 20-1

- Next Destination (Albert Bartlett) @ 25-1
- Coney Island (Gold Cup) @ 30-1
- Blaklion (Gold Cup) @ 40-1

- Getabird @ 9-1
- Daphne Du Clos @ 16-1

Multiples/Gag bets :
- Apples Jade (Mares) & Samcro (Neptune) on the end of a football 5 fold
- Captaine (Arkle) doubled with Alabama for the NCAA
- Faugheen (Champion Hurdle) doubled with Texas A&M to beat LA Lafayette
- Jury Duty (RSA) trebled with 2 Football BTTS
- Willoughby Court doubled with a virtual football correct score (After a few beers)
Report impossible123 January 15, 2018 5:05 PM GMT
Jb23, any more? I hope you can keep track of all of them. Good luck!
Report Quevega06 January 15, 2018 8:11 PM GMT
Some good ones in there alright !!!
Report Jb23 January 16, 2018 10:53 AM GMT
Certainly not a big stakes punter and abit of a baseball stats nerd. I just like looking for things which appear over priced and under valued!

I123- Ha! My Antepost spreadsheet with a coffee at work is my pride and joy!

No doubt there will be a foot & mouth virus which wipes out half of my investments!
Report impossible123 January 16, 2018 5:48 PM GMT
Foot and mouth,...there will be no Cheltenham without a doubt. But you do have some good ones which will see you thro' to the end of the Festival.
Report joevalue147 January 16, 2018 6:42 PM GMT
Cracking price on Movewiththetimes.   Could take some holding off that mark. I'd say connections could target that race aswell considering they went close in it 2 years ago.
Report woodmanchester January 17, 2018 11:56 AM GMT
Some nice prices before now:

By far biggest bet 80/1 Might Bite. Sidebet Blaklion, each-way

Buveur D'air, 2/1 before question mark against Faugheen

Willoughby Court, Apples Shakira, Un De Sceaux (Patent)

Little bet 9/1 Foxrock, narrowly got nod over tongue-tied Wonderful Charm

Large price each-way Beer Goggles

Just added Waterlord, Supreme, too at 25/1 365. Think will be close in the betting Haydock Saturday with Claimantakingforgan and that's only 8/1 best for the opener at Cheltenham this year. Close between pair Saturday and gulf in odds dramatically contract
Report p_r_e_m_i_e_r__f_a_n_t_a_s_y January 18, 2018 8:03 PM GMT

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Now's the time of year I usually make my opening gambit on the Cheltenham Festival and no different this

Faugheen cost me the chance of a small fortune in the Champion Hurdle with loads of free, accumulated ante-post bets this year, but injured and never turned up. Still trying to make it pay at 5/2 now but the play could have been, just as easily, equally impressive 2/1 Buveur D'Air

hmmm Woody, so is it Faugheen or Buveur D'air you backed for the Champion Hurdle ??
Report woodmanchester January 18, 2018 8:39 PM GMT
One free bet Faugheen but Buveur on 3 doubles and a treble Grin
Report irishone January 18, 2018 10:01 PM GMT a UNION JACK with a non runner ?
Report woodmanchester January 18, 2018 10:35 PM GMT
He pops up everywhere after me, without fail! Laugh
Report woodmanchester January 20, 2018 11:34 PM GMT
Waterlord ran okay for a long way before dropping away tamely. Prompted me to cash out for Cheltenham for small loss and jump ships onto today's winner 42.0 First Flow. Will surely be totally conditions in March but Flow did it very nicely today
Report resner not lesnar January 21, 2018 1:07 AM GMT
Kim Bailey said on ITV straight after the race that First Flow was probably done for the year and wouldn’t be going anywhere near Cheltenham
Report woodmanchester January 21, 2018 11:38 AM GMT
Oh well, looks like £1.25 down the drain! Laugh
Report woodmanchester January 21, 2018 12:31 PM GMT
Anyway, seemed pointless running Flow in the Supreme trial then

Finished for the season? I'd have thought still early days! Crazy
Report Deptford January 21, 2018 12:38 PM GMT
Piss off you mug ^
Report maelduin January 21, 2018 6:55 PM GMT
Woodmanchester - head over to the fatjockey forum you'll fit right in. Phucking place has been hijacked by two imbeciles who post incessantly. That was my go to place for years and now it's unreadable. Angry
Report Fabulous January 21, 2018 8:06 PM GMT
Can't disagree maelduin, the two of them have singlehandedly ruined it.
Report Fabulous January 21, 2018 8:06 PM GMT
If 2 people can do something singlehandedly Plain
Report woodmanchester January 21, 2018 9:46 PM GMT
Maelduin, fatjockey forum is all well and good but you don't say what's wrong with my post?
Report irishone January 22, 2018 6:00 PM GMT
maelduin spot on , shame really denegrating to the sport
Report woodmanchester January 22, 2018 10:39 PM GMT
Got a bet 8/1 Willoughby. 5/1 Sceaux. Not looking too shabby
Report woodmanchester January 22, 2018 10:43 PM GMT
Oh, this Irish fella follows me about everywhere. Beware, stalker! Sad
Report p_r_e_m_i_e_r__f_a_n_t_a_s_y January 23, 2018 6:33 AM GMT
Arkle Chase - Petit Mouchoir 8/1 (hills offer)
Ballymore Hurdle - Santini 170 (took the buttons available on here)

Mares Novices Hurdle - Kupatana 25s

Stayers Hurdle - Finians Oscar 50s, Yanworth 10s nr-nb

Albert Bartlett - Chef Des Obeaux 25s, Santini 25s

Still a few more that interest me at the prices but waiting for more concrete news on their plans
Report sageform January 23, 2018 7:37 AM GMT
I have layed Footpad and Apples Jade on the exchange purely because I always lay any Cheltenham horse below 6/4 at this stage. So many things can still go wrong and it is not nrnb so it has paid in most years. The notable exception was when nearly all of Mullins' hotpots won.
Report irishone January 23, 2018 9:32 AM GMT
agree sage , both far too short. the other iron in the fire this year is this dublin festival, there is every chance the cheltenham festival will fall apart if some of mullins and elliots dont turn up following this festival. at least the english might get their hands on the prestbury cup ...Laugh
Report buddeliea January 23, 2018 12:03 PM GMT
Report Callisto-moon January 23, 2018 1:17 PM GMT
the cup will be full of guiness yet again.
Report buddeliea January 23, 2018 1:57 PM GMT
Does anyone actually care about the Prestbury Cup??
Report sageform January 23, 2018 3:49 PM GMT
I would imagine some would see it as important as England/Ireland at Rugby Union.
Report impossible123 January 23, 2018 4:30 PM GMT
Dublin Festival: Which trainer here in their right mind would send any of their serious Cheltenham Festival contender across the water barely 6 weeks before the main event? I certainly would not.

I'd not run Sizing John or UDS either regardless.
Report buddeliea January 23, 2018 4:37 PM GMT

Its all about getting winners, British or Irish, dont really matter.....does it?
Report p_r_e_m_i_e_r__f_a_n_t_a_s_y January 23, 2018 4:51 PM GMT
Why not run Sizing John at Leopardstown?? Last year he ran in and won the Kinloch Brae, Irish Gold Cup, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Punchestown Gold Cup. This year he now seems to be a horse that needs to be fresh?

They say they found zero wrong with him after his run in the Lexus so why not run him at Leopardstown and then you've 6 weeks to get him ready for the Gold Cup, the meeting fits in perfect now.
Report impossible123 January 23, 2018 5:17 PM GMT
Last year Sizing John did not have the King George as a target.

I'd not run him in the Dublin Festival (DF) either - the DF is just too close to Cheltenham - given the hard season of last. The atrocious ground he won the John Durkan in despite easily, and together with the hard season of last were probable reasons for his poor Lexus display. He needs a well deserved rest and go to the Cheltenham Festival fresh; he's shown he's the ability with nothing to prove unlike the majority of his protagonists.

The Irish participation for our x'mas Kempton card had been woeful for several seasons now eg no Douvan/Faugheen/Annie Power, and most recently UDS, a no-show to defend his Tingle Creek crown; the Cotswold is not any better either.
Report foxy January 23, 2018 8:48 PM GMT
faugheen has won two christmas hurdles !
Report foxy January 23, 2018 8:55 PM GMT
regarding uds he has spent plenty of time racing in the uk,the weekend his missed the tingle creek he ran at cork his owners local track the poor weather for horses crossing the sea may well have been a factor also,i am afraid using uds as an example does not stand up.
Report ReaseHeath January 23, 2018 9:09 PM GMT

Jan 23, 2018 -- 2:48PM, foxy wrote:

faugheen has won two christmas hurdles !

yep, and missed 2016 when Mullins unreasonably refused to send him over while he was injured and then in 2017 WPM had the temerity to run him at Leopardstown's superb 4 day Christmas Festival instead of asking a couple of his staff to sacrifice their Christmas at home to travel over with and look after Faugheen at Kempton just to please i123.

The only reasons I can see for the Irish to send horses to Kempton at Christmas is if the ground is going to be radically different in favour of a particular animal or if they think a race is significantly weaker than the one they would be contesting at home.It's not as if there's a battalion of UK horses travelling to Leopardstown over Christmas (well done Simply Ned though!)

Just the usual guff from i123 - still think it might be a wind up account...

Report foxy January 23, 2018 9:12 PM GMT

have a look at the arrogate thread on the horse racing forum Crazy
Report DontBeSakhee January 23, 2018 10:37 PM GMT
Latest additions to the AP portfolio:

Mares Hurdle:
Apples Jade 21/20 AP Lads evs offer plus a boost
Champion Bumper:
Thebannerkingrebel 40 NRNB
Forza Milan 27.63 WH NR offer, plus a boost
The New One 16 AP
Stormy Ireland 10 NRNB
Et Moi Alors 50 AP 25 NRNB
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 7:55 AM GMT
Lets face it,most of the time during the season, the Irish stay at home,and so do the Brits.
Its only Cheltenham that differs from that, and that is obviously cos its Cheltenham, where the races everyone wants to win are held.
Maybe at times during the season more Irish horses travel than Brits,but maybe that is because the Irish have more quality horses? Gigginstown certainly and also Ricci have improved the quality....and quantity!!

Maybe in time this Dublin Festival will attract more Brits, but personally I think unless we get more quality horses, I don't see it happening.
Report sageform January 24, 2018 8:09 AM GMT
Trainers are not willing to take risks before Cheltenham. After that they will be scrambling to run at Aintree, Punchestown, Auteuil etc. but they are terrified of putting any pressure on their Festival hopefuls before March. We had a period when Doumen sent quite a few from France but that has also stopped. Like weekend racing as opposed to midweek, I think owners are a part of this. They want their horses running when they can attend with their families.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 8:18 AM GMT
Fair points.
All in all, I think it has to be accepted that this new innovation is a good thing for the Irish, but not  seen as a good thing for the Brits.
It will still be good racing though, and I am looking forward to it anyway.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 10:19 AM GMT
its great for national hunt racing and with the prize money on offer then surely it will be great for owners with uk trained horses especially those who like a bit of cut in the ground.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 10:23 AM GMT
a racecourse in early feb puts on fantastic prize money with 7 grade ones and 3 grade twos yet people from throughout racing find reasons to complain no wonder the game is in a state far to much negativity.
Report firstimevisor January 24, 2018 1:02 PM GMT
Agreed Foxy. 6 weeks is a lifetime in racing. There's 6 weeks between Cheltenham and Punchestown, and in between you've got Aintree, Fairyhouse, Ayr and Sandown. There will be plenty of horses who will run 3 times in that period and thrive.On the flat there's 6 weeks between Irish Champions weekend and Champions day in Newmarket with the Arc weekend in between and plenty will run in all 3.

Using the excuse that the Dublin Festival is too close to Cheltenham is pure barking nonsense.The vast majority of Cheltenham-bound horses will run at least once between Leopardstown and Cheltenham.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 1:12 PM GMT
So if that's barking nonsense.....what do you think the reason is?
Report firstimevisor January 24, 2018 1:19 PM GMT
Lack of ambition among the top British jumps trainers. They complain non-stop about the prize money situation but don't walk the walk.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 1:34 PM GMT
Yeh could be right.

But seems to me their ambition is Cheltenham winners,be all and end all these days, aint it?

Maybe someone like Matt Chapman should raise this with our top trainers, could be an interesting discussion.
Report maelduin January 24, 2018 2:16 PM GMT
If you look at the AP betting for the non-handicaps at Cheltenham you'll see that over 80% of the leading fancies are Irish. You could argue that there are easier pickings in England, albeit with less prize money. But as we all know now the ONLY thing that seems to matter anymore is having a winner at Cheltenham. I mean you watch ATR in October and after a decent maiden hurdle the presenter starts mentioning the Supreme or whatever. It has become farcical. 

Just hope we get some decent size fields now for the Dublin Festival. Have a feeling there are going to be a bunch of odds-on shots.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 2:52 PM GMT
I think the handicaps will have big fields the bumpers good fields the grade ones small but quality hopefully the weather doesn’t spoil it.
Report maelduin January 24, 2018 3:08 PM GMT
^^ Agree Foxy
Report sageform January 24, 2018 3:33 PM GMT
It is mainly about what is involved for a horse with Cheltenham aspirations. 1. travelling. I know Irish horses do it more than English ones but it is still stressful and could easily involve delays and cancellations with the bad weather recently.
2. Going is almost certain to be bottomless although that should not stop them entering in case.
3. If the horse runs poorly the owners hopes and plans for Cheltenham will be in tatters and you will be very unpopular! On the other hand if you win Euro 80k you might be quite popularHappy.
Report impossible123 January 24, 2018 4:33 PM GMT
I believe the Dublin Festival is just too close to Cheltenham. Just two months ago there was the x'mas trials, and this weekend the Cotswold Chase and Cleeve Hurdle - two important Cheltenham trials. What is the point of risking a prime Cheltenham winner just 6 weeks to the main event? They could easily pick-up/aggravate an old injury/over exert themselves.

Post Cheltenham there is Aintree to consider follow by The Punchestown Festival - are these not enough?
Report foxy January 24, 2018 4:56 PM GMT
thankfully Phillip Hobbs doesn’t take that approach it looks like Defi du soil is going to run in the Irish champion hurdle.a race the English haven’t won since Collier Bay.

Impossible 123 you can never have enough good National hunt racing just look at some of the nonsense we have had so far this season I know the ground hasn’t helped but the quality has been average at best.
Report sageform January 24, 2018 5:04 PM GMT
Owner calling the shots I suspect. With Buveur and MTOY running in the CH for JP, why not take a punt with Defi in Ireland?
Report firstimevisor January 24, 2018 5:17 PM GMT
The Dublin Festival is not made up of Cheltenham trials, they are 7 proper Grade 1s in their own right.

I could almost guarantee that the weekend will also throw up loads of Cheltenham festival winners.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 5:34 PM GMT
I would imagine JP knows DDS cannot beat BD at Cheltenham,so as Sage says take a punt and go for it in Ireland.
I dont think any of us expect Tent or BD to go they?

At the end of the day, Cheltenham is just too important to the british owners and trainers.
Travelling over to Ireland having potentially tough races is not what they want for their horses,and i can understand that.
Although have to say, personally i would love to see our big CH and GC horses going over there.
It just aint gonna happen said before, just accept it.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 5:39 PM GMT
Well thats nothing new,the Irish races normally provide Cheltenham winners,they have more quality horses than the brits.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 5:52 PM GMT
I am old enough to remember when the north of England ruled the national hunt world allowingng the Irish the odd winner mainly in the supreme novice and the stayers hurdle galmoy who has a race named after him tomorrow winning the race twice.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 6:04 PM GMT
Well its all gradually changed over the years,and now with the 0'learys,Ricci and JP the Irish have the better horses,with exceptions of course. Although JP does share his horses around with the brits.
Gigginstown and Ricci have made a huge difference.

I remember Galmoy, light blue colours??
Report foxy January 24, 2018 6:48 PM GMT
To be honest bud I can’t be sure I always got him and trapper John mixed up one of them was dark blue.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 7:01 PM GMT
Trapper john,blimey i remember him as well,although cannot recall colours or his distance though.
This must be early eighties time.I was a big fan of Gaye Chance,he won the stayers as well,i think 1984? and went on to be a fair chaser,saw him when runner up in the Hennessey to Brown Chamberlain.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 7:03 PM GMT
84 was Gaye chance trapper John 90 pretty sure he ran in the coral cup the day after.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 7:08 PM GMT
To be honest I am pissed of they are calling Thursday Ryanair day I realise to those who care about the festival it will still be stayers hurdle day just the same as it was never world hurdle day.,from a racing point of view I think over the last 40 years the race has more great stories and performances than any other race at the meeting.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 7:12 PM GMT
Just done some research,Galmoy was a bit later than i thought,mid eighties till early nineties.
Yeh,Trapper John also staying hurdler.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 7:16 PM GMT
Least its called the Stayers again.
When Gave Chance won the race it was held on the Tuesday.

Ryanair day......really??
Report foxy January 24, 2018 7:25 PM GMT
Yes it was the day Dawn run beat coma in the champion hurdle but bigger than that it was a great English Irish match up in the Arkle between bobsline and body’s Ryder I have a picture in the house as they jump the last it’s just like a mirror image,sadly body’s Ryder was killed at Exeter 8 months later.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 7:26 PM GMT
Body’s Ryder is noddys ryde predictive texting
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 8:30 PM GMT
Yeh,figured that,classic race that was.
Report buddeliea January 24, 2018 8:43 PM GMT
And ComaLaugh should read Cima.

I think Dessie was in that race as well.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 8:55 PM GMT
yes dessie was 3rd it was only a small field,probably like this years race.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 8:56 PM GMT
come to think of it there was a few runners
Report foxy January 24, 2018 8:57 PM GMT
just not many with chances
Report sixtwosix January 24, 2018 9:13 PM GMT
Twelve months later Bobsline tipped up coming down the hill as both he and Badsworth Boy were cruising in first gear .....he wasn't the same horse after this fall.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 9:26 PM GMT
thats right sixtwosix bobsline odds on that day i recall.
Report foxy January 24, 2018 9:30 PM GMT
he won late on in his career at killarney.
Report sageform January 26, 2018 8:51 AM GMT
Don't remind me of Dawn Run and Cima. I was in the Jim Old camp and Dawn Run getting 7lb (first year that mares got an allowance) beat Cima half a length. Cost us all a lot of money.
Report foxy January 26, 2018 6:16 PM GMT
Did mole board spend some time with Jim Old sageform ?
Report sageform January 27, 2018 10:35 AM GMT
A lot of time and he was contemporary with Collier Bay. He started life with Owen O'Neill and fell when going like the winner in the Supreme. Wally Sturt bought him and he won a lot of races for them. He was favourite to beat Collier Bay when giving him nearly a stone in a trial at Sandown but CB won easily and was unbeaten that season including the Irish and Cheltenham Champion Hurdles.
Report foxy January 29, 2018 2:30 PM GMT
sorry for the late reply sageform,regarding mole board when with owen oneill i was lucky enough to be involved in a nice touch when he had two winners at the early january meeting at cheltenham {pretty sure it was then }mole board was one i cant remember the other one hopefully you can,not sure who mole board was with when he was subject of a huge gamble on the morning of the sun alliance hurdle where he ran well to finish 3rd or 4th,if memory serves me right i think he landed either in front or almost in front at the last hurdle in 5 cheltenham festivals without ever winning.
Report sageform January 29, 2018 7:16 PM GMT
It could have been the Sun Alliance, I thought it was the Supreme. Mole Board was either favourite or close to it and I remember backing both him and a horse trained by David Elsworth who was also well backed. Just as Mole Board started to get swallowed up going to the last, the Elsworth horse came there cruising only to fall. I don't remember Mole Board running beyond 2 miles when with Jim. His last hurrah was back at Sandown when he won at 33/1.
Report foxy January 30, 2018 7:16 AM GMT
it was the agfa hurdle he won at 33/1 with old champion hurdle horses ruling and morley street behind ,he did race on for a couple more seasons after that including a win at ascot where he beat absaloms lady,i still have all the sporting lifes from the 80/90s i will try a find the elsworth horse you were thinking about.
Report foxy January 30, 2018 7:18 AM GMT
mole boards final run was at the april meeting over 2m4f ridden by mick fitzgeraldCry
Report foxy January 30, 2018 7:23 AM GMT
mole board also ran in a stayers hurdle in fact one of the all time great races at the festival sadly a duel that rarely gets a mention cyborgo and mysilv at each other for the best part of 1/2 mile mysilv going down by 3/4 length a remarkable performance as she had finished 6th in the champion hurdle 2 days earlier.
Report sageform January 30, 2018 1:47 PM GMT
Thanks, your SL's are much more reliable than my memory. I think the Elsie horse was killed in that fall but I will await your research. I made a fool of myself in the Chepstow Tote Credit office watching Mole Board win at Sandown at 33/1 and yelling too loudly from the second last. I think I had £5 on so well worth a sore throat. The Cyborgo/Mysilv was another bad headache for me as I had backed Mysilv who as you say had finished sixth to Collier Bay in the CH.
Report foxy January 30, 2018 4:42 PM GMT
the other owen oneil horse that day was celtic bob.
Report .Fidway. January 30, 2018 5:39 PM GMT
Runner Jacket
0. Rebel Song 14/1
S Sherwood Oliver Sherwood
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Held up, led flat, driven out
2  hd
Runner Jacket
0. Slalom 12/1
J White Michael Robinson
    7     117     –     –     –     –    
Held up, led approaching last, hung right flat, ran on well
3  1½ [1¾]
Runner Jacket
0. Rustle 14/1
M Bowlby Nicky Henderson
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Headway 2 out, ran on flat
4  1½ [3¼]
Runner Jacket
0. Nick The Brief 8/1
R Dunwoody T Casey
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Chased leader, led 7th and 8th, ridden 2 out, unable to quicken
5  ¾ [4]
Runner Jacket
0. Toby Tobias 12/1
P Gill Mrs J Pitman
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Hard ridden 8th, led and blundered 2 out, not recovered
6  3 [7]
Runner Jacket
0. Westway 66/1
H Davies D M Grissell
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
Every chance 8th, rallied and ran on well flat
7  [7] 
Runner Jacket
0. Winter Haven 200/1
M Williams J H Baker
    5     117 b     –     –     –     –    
Headway 8th, never nearer
8  [7] 
Runner Jacket
0. Mole Board 7/4F
S Cowley O O'Neill
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Held up, every chance when mistake 2 out, weakened approaching last
9  [7] 
Runner Jacket
0. Dom Edino 100/1
R Marley M Avison
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
Headway 6th, one pace from 8th
10  [7] 
Runner Jacket
0. Crumpet Delite 14/1
M Pitman Mrs J Pitman
    8     117     –     –     –     –    
Blundered 4th, not recover
11  [7] 
Runner Jacket
0. Lucky Baloo 33/1
Charlie Swan Capt D G Swan
    6     112     –     –     –     –    
Led to 6th, weakened approaching 8th
19  [7] 
Runner Jacket
0. Career Bay 200/1
J Duggan Derek Haydn Jones
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Prominent to 7th
Runner Jacket
0. Matbar 66/1
G McCourt I V Matthews
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
Prominent to 4th
Runner Jacket
0. Kingsmill 8/1
F Berry T Stack
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
In rear to 4th, headway 6th, weakened 8th
Runner Jacket
0. Roubayd 200/1
Dale McKeown R Akehurst
    5     117 b     –     –     –     –    
Runner Jacket
0. Iron Billy 100/1
Graham Bradley David Elsworth
    9     117     –     –     –     –    
Runner Jacket
0. Granny's Bay 200/1
N Doughty D McCain
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
Runner Jacket
0. Island Pearl 1000/1
S Shilston W T Kemp
    8     117     –     –     –     –    
Runner Jacket
0. Yoohoo Nan 200/1
W Humphreys C C Trietline
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
Runner Jacket
0. Another Schedule 100/1
Peter Scudamore F T Winter
    7     117     –     –     –     –    
Fell 3rd
Runner Jacket
0. Sir Blake 20/1
C Brown David Elsworth
    7     117     –     –     –     –    
Good headway 8th, 4th and every chance when fell last
Runner Jacket
0. Woodlands Genpower 200/1
R Stronge Peter Pritchard
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Prominent until 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
Runner Jacket
0. Romful Prince 200/1
Mr T Mitchell Colin Mitchell
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
Prominent until 4th, tailed off 5th until pulled up before 7th
Runner Jacket
0. Rocky Pit 1000/1
P Dever A W Denson
    6     117     –     –     –     –    
Tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
Runner Jacket
0. Spring Palm 500/1
C Grant Ray Peacock
    5     117     –     –     –     –    
Tailed off 4th until pulled up before 7th

    25 ran Winning time: 5m 30.40s Total SP: 112%
Report .Fidway. January 30, 2018 5:41 PM GMT
That didnt copy as well as i thought. The lond and short of it it was Sir Blake who fell at the last.He was killed in a novice chase at Ascot im sure.
Report sageform January 30, 2018 5:48 PM GMT
Thanks Fidway, memory fade again but I did remember it was an Elsie horse that fell at the last and the general opinion on the day was that Sir Blake would have won. I didn't remember he was a big as 20/1.
Report foxy January 30, 2018 6:54 PM GMT
mole board 7/4 i think he was about a 5 chance in the morning.
Report irishone March 26, 2018 11:12 AM BST
this has to be nominated as the worst thread of the year !
Report DECALEC April 12, 2018 11:08 PM BST
This is the biggest plonker of the year,I've just read it
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