Non-Smoking Man

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    Jack lambert

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  1. Having bet against the Patriots from the word go I wasnt surprised to see them toppled visiting one of my selections, the Houston Texans. The Texans are my biggest winner of the Superbowl ( £20 bet - return £524) and are now the 3rd seeds in the AFC. Baltimore now are the first seeds and if maintaining their form will get a bye in the first round of the play offs (£18 bet - return £396). Chiefs(£19 bet - return £241) are the AFC's 4th seed which will mean they avoid the Texans in the Wild card round. My bet of £4 Lions and £11 Panthers are losers. The Chiefs Ravens and Texans will clash b4 the Superbowl but as long as someone beats the Patriots I will have one of them in the final. In the NFC the Cowboys will be seeded but they have to beat the Saints and/or the 49ers to make it to the Final but that's not going to happen imo. I hope they struggle on a bit but they need good weather and some good fortune to progress. I foresee a Ravens/49ers Superbowl - that would be a terrific final.
  2. STAYERS HURDLE I have an excellent record in this race having picked Inglis Drever at astronomical odds in 2005. The big odds were available antepost because the same owner had the previous year's victor Iris's Gift entered and the market assumed that ID would go for the Champion Hurdle to keep them apart and give an opportunity for 2 big winners. I had ID ahead on time and I knew it would stay from its flat exploits with Sir Mark Prescott. I took a chance that ID would keep his place in the World Hurdle (now 'Stayers Hurdle), which he did when Iris's Gift went lame and was withdrawn. ID went on to win a famous victory coming from miles back. He won it twice more . I had over 50/1 to win nearly £1K. Im tempted to take a similar risk of a 'non' with the Ballymore winner City Island - reported to be going chasing. But will he go chasing? He is Irish trained and that means 'tell them nothing'! ( I know - in my twenties I used to be the driver and jobber for the Irishman who placed bets for notable Irish and English racing connections) City Island in beating subsequent winner Champ at Cheltenham showed great quality and returned a speed figure of 86 that day - 2 points better than the PB of the current fav for the Stayers' Hurdle, Paisley Park. Further, PP's 84 was in the Cleeve on January 26th, not the Stayers Hurdle where he only achieved a 74. If connections go for the Stayers HURDLE they have a much better chance of a Grade 1 victory than they would taking their chances over the larger obstacles imo. Ive just watched the videotape of the Ballymore and the Punchestown race (where he disappointed) and he didnt look a horse crying out for fences to me. Ive just snapped up the £3 available at 50 on Betfair - a risk worth taking. I have £20 @ 17.5 taken in March. It might all be washed away when he trots up over fences in a few weeks time - that's antepost betting. (I barely got half my horses to the starting line up at the meeting last time.) There is another who could have won the Stayers - Commander Of Fleet. But that's injured and out for the season. Jack NSM Postscript : Paisley park made his seasonal reappearance and made hard work of giving 6lbs to ex hurdler Thistlecrack. I think this is a very ordinary horse for a Grade 1 winner and is beatable at that level. But where is the half decent staying hurdler to take him on with?!
  3. Ive been listening to the version by Itzhak Perlman with the Royal Phil. (conducted by Lawrence Foster). (The Itzhak Perlman Record (EMI SEOM 22)) Where can I find other versions?
  4. Aquarium supply shops for 'reverse osmosis water without the minerals'. (Sometimes found at garden centres.) £1.30 5L Jack
  5. 'Fresh Cream' Reaction 594001 stereo, first pressing 1966. A//1 B//2 .Some spindle wear, very minor surface scratches that do not sound, and the name 'John' x 2 on the sleeve are the negatives but on the plus side it plays very well with little or zero surface noise. The vinyl has a nice sheen (partly down to being through one of Spider's Velvet Vortexs) and the cover is VG+ (much better than average). £35 00 Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin. Plum label 588171 Stereo A//1 B//1. Repress with the grey line on the bottom of the front cover and Warner Bros/7 Arts in one line on the label. From the same collection - some spindle wear but the vinyl is virtually unmarked - rare for this album. Label is pristine both sides and the cover belies its age with no pen or pencil marks and the spine is excellent - just some minor creasing from handling. A cracking copy. Nice and clean and shiny from the ultrasonic cleaning. £70 00 Beggars Banquet by Rolling Stones SKL4955 unboxed Decca logo. Cover VG+ (small ink smudge front and rear cover (barely noticeable), spine vg, Vinyl at least VG++ . Original Decca inner.Playing it now - surface noise virtually non existent. £50 00 Let It Bleed by Rolling Stones Blue - stereo SKL 5025. Boxed Decca logo. Small tear to bottom rear of cover, but otherwise intact and unmarked. Some spindle marking. Original Decca inner sleeve. Vinyl: minor surface marks just audible in places on 'Midnight Rambler', otherwise lacking in surface noise and music crisp and clear. Playtesting as I tap away.. Asking 38 00 Axis : Bold As Love. Hendrix , Mofi, 180 gm version. Pristine vinyl and cover. Poster. Purchased preowned from a SME 20/Urushi owner. Hardly played. £25 00 SOLD Sticky Fingers by Rolling Stones A3 B4, COC 5910. CLIX zipper intact but 1 sq inch piece missing immediately above zipper (which Im not sure is working). Vinyl description is VG++ (all ratings according to Record Cllector guidelines) and cover only VG due to missing piece. Virtually unmarked vinyl and zero spindle wear. £45 00 Otis Blue by Otis Redding. Mono Atlantic 587036. Martix A 'diamond' 2, B 'diamond' 2. Cover top end of VG+ with some wear to spine and cover 'opening' but no writing. Vinyl sounds terrific to me as its turning away on the TD124. Beautiful sheen to virtually unmarked vinyl. Nice copy. (Top of the Soul Best 100 Soul albums for year after year.) 40 00 Free Post and packaging on 2 or more purchases. Or 10% discount on collection from Guildford Town Hall Record Fair Sat 30 November. (Ask for Jack - i have a double table there). Jack NSM
  6. On Dallas's final drive I laid Dallas to lose: I laid £3 @ 3.85, thus reducing my liability to £12. Couple of vital penalty decisions (inc. the penalty for tripping) were marginal and Cooper's inability to catch cleanly on the final drive were sufficient for the unimpressive Patriots to scrape home. Close one.
  7. Crucial game at New England with the visit of Dallas. I predicted a Dallas win and they are 10 - 6 down at half time. The market often overeacts to an early score and I backed Dallas when they conceded a TD (£9 at 4.8). Then when Prescott was interceepted I had another £6 @ 7.4. Unfortunately I learn when the game is in progress that my QB doesnt throw the ball well in the wet (conditions are wet and windy). Great! Still, the Patriots arent moving the ball well and though Dallas had a nervous start, their defence is holding up. Could go either way. Jack
  8. Ive made another bet: £9 @ 29 Dallas Cowboys to win the Superbowl. I fancy them to win today over the Patriots. They are in the same conference as the 49ers who have a tough schedule. They could win their division and therefore have reasonable chance of progressing in the NFC. The Eagles are next in their division and I dont particularly fear them. Most of my bets are in the AFC so this gives my portfolio better balance. No more bets for now otherwise I wont make a profit! J.
  9. Re the Lostintranslation (LIT) thread above, saturday 23rd saw him beat Bristol De Mai in the latter's backyard (Haydock Park) confirming LIT a very useful 3m chaser. He is down to 4.2 for the King George, making my £8 @ 36 look extremely good value. I should be laying some of that off before the 26th December (KG day). LIT has also been promoted to favouritism for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the back of this good win. But LIT was all out to beat Bristol De Mai (BDM) by a long length, whereas Al Boum Photo(ABP) had 6 lengths in hand of BDM in last season's Gold Cup. That gives LIT 5L to make up on ABP. So, why oh why has ABP lengthened to an alltime big 10.5 for the Gold Cup, when, arguably, BDM has franked that form? Im not waiting for answers I am betting - another £5 ABP for the Gold Cup. (We know ABP stays 3.25m - we cant say the same for LIT.) Jack
  10. The RSA Chase is the staying novice chasing championship. Often horses who do well here attempt to win the Gold Cup the following year. Where is the likely winner to come from, and, as most of the leading horses in the current market havent jumped a proper fence in public, should we even be discussing a bet? The staying novice hurdles at the festival the previous year is the logical starting point because they are the best of the crop and they have proved themselves over the track, if not the fences. Also we can look at their 'make and shape' - have they the scope to make it over the bigger obstacles? Champ, trained by the maestro Nicky Henderson heads the market at about 5/1. Next best is Minella Indo. The others quoted were mostly behind these 2 over hurdles. Both are Grade 1 winners over hurdles: Champ won the Sefton at Aintree, and Minella Indo beat my fancy Commander Of Fleet in the Ballymore, and went on to win at Punchestown. So MI is a dual Grade 1 winner, whereas Champ was only second at the festival (to City Island). On the face of it they should be about the same price yet Minella is available at 10/1. It is down to run at Gowran tomorrow and if it jumps and is first or second that's the last time 10/1 will be available. Its running over a trip short of its best so connections are trying not to burst it first time out. This Minella Indo is a fine, strong animal and is built to jump these bigger obstacles. Rachel rides for Henry De Bromhead as usual and she will get it round. The tip is 2 points win RSA @ 10/1 MINELLA INDO (ive bet £18 @ 10/1) Postscript: The mare Laurina beat Minella Indo @ Gowran, getting the mares allowance. I dont know where Laurina will run at Cheltenham (she must have a leading chance) and she was impressive but, to my eyes, so was MI - Rachel Blackmore got him jumping big and bold but not carelessly. I'm not discouraged, though for Minella to win the RSA, Laurina has to frank the form next time. I topped up my bet for the RSA - another £8 @ 12.5.
  11. This is a very interesting pre amp. I heard the L50 from the Audiopax range (the one up from this one) recently in a hifi friend's system in Sandhurst. His was unbalanced too - but he has ordered a balanced version of the 5 from Audiopax and I will be getting a listen when it arrives. (Tom is also, like yourself, going fully balanced.) There may well be advantages to running balanced apart from and in addition to the ability to use long cable runs. Its difficult to do comparisons so one cant be definite. Jack
  12. I had a Beard P100 at one time. Did a hifi demo at my Uni in one of the bars and was disappointed with the bass. Thought it might be the amp and took it to Bill for a check up. There was nothing wrong with it and when I collected he said 'no charge'. Gentleman. Jack It could drive most speakers. I remember I used KT77s (if memory serves), as the output valve then, as recommended.
  13. Not only is Lostintranslation (LT henceforward) prominent in the King George betting, but he is also prominent in the Gold Cup betting over 3.25m. In fact he is the 'Jolly' (favourite). I have had a dabble (£12) on my big winner last year for a repeat - Al Boum Photo. (Placed £8 in March and a further £4 just now.) I think he is a shade big at the current 9.6. Kemboy is shorter and did beat him in a duel @ Punchestown in April over 3m (Ruby's last hurrah). But Kemboy made a hash of a fence at Cheltenham and may do so again, whereas ABF clearly loved the place. The edge may have gone off him by April and he might turn the tables come March 2020. Kemboy and ABF are very close in my book. I doubt they will race against each other till the Festival. I think the Gold Cup is a betting race because I find the 'feeder' novice chase that provides the new crop of mature 3m+ chasers, the RSA, was weak. The winner Topofthegame was subsequently beaten by LT at Aintree, Santini struggled home on his debut this season and the third Delta Work was, I think, beaten recently. The time was the slowest of the day on adjusted figures, the winner returning a paltry 56, compared with ABP's 98 in the Gold Cup. ABP is 6L superior to Bristol De Mai and that horse takes on LT at Haydock this weekend. That will give a great line for the Gold Cup. Its worth remembering that LT's best figure was only a 67 in the JLT - should that horse be prefered to Al Boum Photo at this stage for the 2020 Gold Cup? Jack NSM Its not all good news on the antepost front - I appear to have thrown away £18 on City Island for the Stayers' Hurdle. He appears to be going chasing.. However, I have another string to my bow - Commander of Fleet (Gordon Elliot trained and runner up Cheltenham 2019) £12 @ 25/1 with Skybet. Trawling through my accounts I have a further £5 Saldier @ 25/1with Bet365 for 2020 Champion Hurdle . (So I stand to win £205)
  14. Another antepost bet placed on March 27th was £8 @ 36 Lostintranslation for the King George Chase on Boxing Day. This one impressed last year, has won his seasonal debut and has had his form franked by Defi Du Seuil in the Schloer last Sunday at Cheltenham (with some useful yardsticks behind). You may ask why I placed this long term bet on that date...well looking at last year's form book I see that the date fell after LostinT was second to Defi in the 2.5m JLT at the festival, but before Lostintranslation won over 3m, beating Topofthegame at Aintree. Clearly I thought he would improve over the increased distance, and would then target the Grade 1 3m chases the following season. Altior has the King George as his medium term target this year and he takes on Cyrname this weekend at Ascot. There could be a shake up in the market after that clash. The trainer Of the unbeaten over fences Altior, Henderson, has hinted that his charge may have too much speed for the 3m KG, having yet to race beyond 2.25 Miles. Current prices (Betfair Exch.): Altior 4 Clan Des O. 6 Cyrname (pron. 'siranam') 7 Lostintranslation 7.4
  15. Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chargers, as expected, but started slowly and Mahomes, their QB just didnt fire until the second half where he threw less ambitiously. It could be he had to adjust for the altitude and the the way that affects the thrown football. (he threw one for 75 yds in the warm up.) The Chiefs major playmaker Tyreek Hill did a hamstring and was rested for the remainder of the game. The Chiefs need him in order to progress through the playoffs. I topped up at 14 B4 the game, anticipating the win, and was rewarded with a drop to 13. Osi and Jason continue to provide great entertainment and comment on the NFL show on terrestrial tv.