Non-Smoking Man

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    Jack lambert

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    Ayre Evolution
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  1. ARKLE CHASE The Arkle is the 2m championship race for novices. Its a great race and should reward clockwatchers. The Market: 4 Notebook, 13/2 Fakir D'Oudairies, 14 Melon, 14 Brewinupastorm, 14 Bapaume, 16, Felix D', 16 Slate House, 16 Global Citizen, 25 Al Dancer, 25 Mr Fisher 28 Bar. Fakir D, Melon, Brewinupastorm and Laurina are also in the Marsh Chase (2.5m). Class credentials: Notebook beat Fakir D'Oudairies in the Grade 1 Racing Post in Leopardstown by a hard fought 1.5L in a 5 horse race. They recorded a 68 and 67 speed figure. Melon won a Beginner's Chase beating Gallant Jonjo (chase debutante) in a good time recording a 70. But Melon had the class to finish second in 2 Champion Hurdles. Brewinupastorm has won 2 Beginners Chases and got a 66 best in the first of them. Placed at the previous festival in a novice hurdle. Similarly Bapaume has won 2 novice chases. Global Citizen surprised everyone by winning the grade 2 Wayward Lad at Kempton in the best time of the day adjusted, making all the running to hold off Rouge Vif (72), recording a 73 (Grand Sancy and Al dancer in 3rd and 4th.) Al Dancer won the Betfair Hurdle last season and G. Sancy was third to Esprit Du Large and Nube Negra (who misses Cheltenham) in a good Grade Novice Chase. I think EDL is out for the season. I cant fathom why Rouge Vif is 120 on Betfair - much longer than horses who finished behind him at Kempton. Several of his competitors may defect to the Marsh and he may be 3rd or 4th in the betting come the day. Its worth pointing out that Notebook ran a stinker over hurdles at Cheltenham last year. 1 point win ROUGE VIF AT 120 (Exchanges)
  2. ALBERT BARTLETT Festival D'Ex , the Land Rover Bumper winner and winning 2m novice hurdler attempts a big step up in trip today at Thurles in preparation for a tilt at a Grade 1 staying novice race @ Cheltenham. Its a toss up which (Ballymore or Albert Bartlett) is the aim but Gordon Elliot is (for him) underepresented in the Albert Bartlett so Ive had £8 @ 33/1 (with Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook (who restricted me to £3 haha)). (im already on it for the Ballymore but topped the bet up today.) It has to win today to be a contender. Evidently connections think its a stayer and certainly takes a while to get going. No fancy times for it but it has potential and is classy. Fingers crossed. Jack NSM
  3. Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) My earlier foray into the 2.5m Ryanair proved fruitless when connections opted for the 2m Champion Chase for Altior instead of the wiser Ryanair route - especially, with hindsight, now that Defi has slaughtered the Clarence House field and is the new fav for the 2 miler. So Im a tenner down already. Having watched the improved Defi hand Un De Sceaux a comfortable beating under the Irishmans optimum conditions I began to wonder what might be defecting from the 2 miler to the Ryanair to avoid the electric Hobbs machine - I came up with A PLUS TARD. This horse rose to prominence when easily landing the 2.5m Close Brothers Handicap at last year's Festival. (Always a bonus to have Course form.) This year he has risen to Grade 1 class by beating the much vaunted Chacun Pour Soi in Leopardstown in the best 'clock' of the day. I awarded APT a 90 which surpasses the 66 and 70 he was given last year and this confirms on time what appears to be true on form - he is improved. (Ordinary World in third has been seen as a compromise to the form but OW was very capable of a high rating on occasion last year and the 80 he got here is comparable with his pb last season so that's no reason to doubt the form.) APT's Grade 1 was over 2m 1F and he is duly entered in the Champion Chase over roughly that trip as well as the Ryanair. Which will he go for? I think Defi's win tips the scales towards the easier Ryanair over his best distance (he has tried 3m so connections clearly think he stays well). I had £22 @ 7.6-7.8 to win £146.40. The advice is 1 point @ 6/1 win A PLUS TARD to win the Ryanair Jack NSM
  4. I would second this - I know Brook really well and, though he is too proud to say so, he has been really ill with pulmonary problems this year and deserves a break from the Wam Organisers. Personally I think he's too brave for his own good but he's making the effort again this year and needs a bit of slack re room allocation. Jack NSM
  5. A puzzling feature of the betting for the Supreme has been the drifting of Fiddlerontheroof (should be Fiddleronthehoof there shouldn't it? Connections missed a trick naming it..). Its either wrong at home (injured or off colour) or they are thinking about the Ballymore for it (its entered in both). Could be they want to split Fiddler and Master Debonair and Fiddler is the one most likely to stay the extra half mile. Decided to back Fiddleronthehoof for the Ballymore as well. This is also insurance should Shiskin go the Supreme route as that would be a formidable rival out of the way. I dont fear Envoi Allen in the Ballymore. 1 point win FIDDLERONTHEHOOF Ballymore.
  6. STAYERS HURDLE A headline on the Sporting Life home page caught my eye this a.m. - Bright Forecast to get an entry in the Stayers Hurdle. My regular readers (choke..!) will know I have been opposing Paisley Park wherever feasable and I had to have a fiver @ 50 B. Forecast (Ballymore third) to win the Stayers. I noted the B.F. running on well at the end of that contest, seemingly relishing the extra 5 furlongs. B.F. improved 5lbs a race and then about 10lbs in the Ballymore. He may progress another 5lbs for 3 more furlongs (Stayers is 3m). He's a likeable individual. Entry stage is about now. (Everything I tip or back counts towards the Cheltenham ledger - so Bright Forecast is 1 point win (this column does not do EW). The entries are in for the Stayers Hurdle and there are some surprising inclusions - Minella Indo (runs in a Beginners Chase Navan Saturday), City Island, Benie Des Dieux, Somerville Boy, Laurina. Trainers playing cards close to their chest. As to who actually runs in it I think a lot will depend on the forecast going nearer the event as well as ensuring the stables top owners get a fair crack of the whip - you wouldnt want to be disappointing J.P. Mcmanus say..!
  7. I will have a table there again (but I have asked to be moved though in the main hall still - for my 'regulars'). Plan is to sell kit this time. (Got a few turntables eg TD150, AR Legend). Plus 'bits and bobs'. Jack
  8. Bad luck Simon. But these will be worth waiting for. I will make that trip whatever. Jack
  9. I hadnt planned to bring the balanced deck (the TD124) as the XLR output arrangement likes the Iota but is not comfortable with my other balanced phono stage. The Rock is more versatile as it will do both the unbalanced and balanced systems. Car is going to be full. (But we could try it at mine with the TD at some point Jessica.)
  10. Barrington's amp (and Chris PH's) will play a part in a system featuring Jessica's unbalanced phono stage, my turntable, the ARC and the Jantzens - maybe to kick the day off. Ive been in touch with Vernon and we are going to put together a balanced system incorporating 2 of the components already in use (Audio research and my turntable (The Rock)) combined with V's Ayre P-5xe and my blue 300B DIY SET balanced monoblocks (which have sufficient drive for the Jantzens). That system could be on the menu in the p.m. So 2 'cobbled together' systems to look forward to that shouldn't be too shabby... Plus any other tasty kit yet to be announced that can be slotted in where it suits.. Personally I'm keen to find out a bit more about my speakers if anyone fancies bringing something along in the £1.5K (or above) retail price band. Jack NSM.
  11. Thanks everyone for contributing some useful information. Jack
  12. That's an integrated Barrington. We need just a power amp for Jessica's phono stage and the Audio Research Pre.
  13. Jessica has pm'd me to say her power amps are not ready. And Chris's Euphyra is an integrated so the Audio Research cannot connect with it. So we are a power amp short. We need an amp that will do justice to the Audio Research pre and my speakers. It neednt be powerful as the Jantzens are highly efficient. Jack
  14. Further news re Shiskin - trainer has said that although his horse is being touted for the Supreme, not to forget the Ballymore as De Boinville thinks another half mile will help him. Further shortening to 10.5 for the Supreme and 16 for the Ballymore. Trainer Henderson will try to get one more run into him before Cheltenham. Well worth staying up till all hours studying the form for this race. I made the bets at 4 00 a.m., (and the bet is £2.50 @ 34 for the Supreme - I left another £1.50 but it wasnt taken up before the stable lads and owners got on this morning).