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The Headmaster
28 Jul 16 12:33
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Any Polish racing experts on here?  Am getting quite a vibe that one or two horses currently housed there might actually be quite good....last year's Polish Derby winner (obviously now 4) is unbeaten in 10 starts and nothing appears able to get near him...while this year's winner hasn't been beaten since racecourse debut.  The 4yo might be better than the 3yo but unfortunately he doesn't seem to be getting any entries outside his homeland (unlike tother one).
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Report breadnbutter July 30, 2016 7:15 PM BST
3 polish racetracks ,polish derby worth 20K ....

Must do better Grin
Report FatoteSport July 31, 2016 8:06 PM BST
VA BANK is targeting a run in Germany on 28 August.
Report The Headmaster August 9, 2016 4:20 PM BST
I would love to see VA BANK tested.  Do you know which race, FatoteSport?

Meanwhile...CACCINI seems well on-target for the Grosser Preis Von Berlin on Sunday, which is rather unusual for a Polish animal.  Exciting times for our Polish friends, it seems.
Report The Headmaster August 10, 2016 10:58 AM BST
Another stage in the Grosser this morning and we're still in.  Just the six left now.  Caccini is the only 3yo:

Guignol
Protectionist
Amona (IRE)
Nightflower (IRE)
Shivajia
Caccini (FR)
Report J.D.Salinger August 14, 2016 12:56 AM BST
HM,

If you have a Polish dictionary close to hand, here's a link to Caccini skating home in the Polish Derby which you might find of interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFnWrEKB-Kg&feature=youtu.be

Being a sucker for a rags-to-riches story, I slipped a cheeky tenner on your Polish wonder horse at PP's (20/1) on the off chance it can extend its unbeaten run to 5. If Caccini does manage to pull off the impossible and finish first at Hoppegarten tomorrow, I promise to send you a cheap bottle of Polish vodka as your reward.

Good luck to both of us.
Report A_T August 14, 2016 9:54 AM BST
from Sea Bird sireline how many of them are there?
Report The Headmaster August 14, 2016 3:30 PM BST
The price over here is very different to the one currently available on the local tote.  If these German players know what they're doing this is the bet of the year in value terms...
Report J.D.Salinger August 14, 2016 3:40 PM BST
Not sure if my eyesight is failing me, but on my screen, Caccini been backed from 200 to 150/1
Report The Headmaster August 14, 2016 3:47 PM BST
Was 2nd fav around the 4-5/1 mark JD.  Ran ok but I won't be expecting a bottle of vodka anytime soon. 

Interesting little excursion anyway!  Well done the Poles for having a go..Caccini made that race for more interesting than it otherwise would have been.
Report J.D.Salinger August 14, 2016 3:50 PM BST
Nice try anyway, HM.

You was almost my hero.
Report J.D.Salinger August 27, 2016 6:26 PM BST
1m2f, £23,529.41
1 Va Bank 31/5
2 Potemkin 9/10F
3 Felician 175/10
NR: Incantator (GER)
9 ran Distances: 1½l, 6l, ½l
TIME 2m 4.89s
Jockey: Martin Seidl
Trainer: M Janikowski
WIN (incl. 10 euro stake): 72. PLACES: 19, 12, 26. SF: 179

Hope you backed it, HM.
Report The Headmaster September 20, 2016 10:50 AM BST
No I didn't, JD, and I'm not happy about that at all.  What an SP that was, I can't believe the Germans sent him off at those odds given Caccini was shorter for a G1.  No doubt which is the better horse, certainly at the moment.

Ok, so now Team Valor have bought into Va Bank we're going to find out how good he is..which I'm pretty excited about..but not this year.  Ironically/frustratingly he's going to sign off his season on October 2nd in the Wielka Warszawska.  There's a little race going on in Paris the same day I'd prefer to see him in, but there you go.  His record is believed to be the longest active streak currently in the world (perfect 12 from 12) and they'd like to keep that going into his 5yo season (fair enough!).  Then the fun begins.  Let's pray he ends up running in target No.1 (the Arc) and not target No.2 (that 2m H'cap in November) 

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/team-valor-buys-into-polish-champ-va-bank/

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/214951/team-valor-acquires-half-in-unbeaten-va-bank

http://www.teamvalor.com/video/VaBank.asp
Report The Headmaster October 2, 2016 7:56 PM BST
The apprentice upset the sorcerer today...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Rwnw3Bc-98&feature=youtu.be
Report J.D.Salinger October 6, 2016 3:00 PM BST
You've unearthed a rich vein of form with these Polish horses, HM.

Potemkin, the German horse Va Bank beat comfortably on its penultimate start at Baden-Baden, scooted home in Saturday's Prix Dollar at Chantilly. I must confess watching the link above you posted of Caccini turning over Va Bank in the Polish King George, sent a cold shiver down my spine; because if I would have known that race was taking place, I might have gone "all-in" on Va Bank.

Sometimes Lady Luck has a strange way of showing her hand.
Report The Headmaster April 3, 2017 2:53 PM BST
Here we go again

https://www.racingpost.com/news/international/team-valor-s-arc-and-melbourne-cup-dream-for-polish-star-va-bank/280543

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/va-bank-nearing-return-to-action/
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