Five good weekend winners - well done, with special mention to David and EGS with 12/1 and 11/1 winners: top work. If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.
The Breeders Cup meet on Saturday made superb viewing. Of course the highlight was Flightline doing exactly what was expected of him, quickening away off a blistering pace and winning under a hands and heels ride from Flavien Prat. His broad beam at the end was like the sun coming out on a dull day. The experts say he won without running to a new mark, but the visual impression took the breath away.
The Anglo-Irish dominance in the turf races - six wins from seven races - was extraordinary. Charlie Appleby has become the absolute master at campaigning his horses in North America, culminating in the Breeders Cup. He has matched and surpassed the Wesley Ward at Royal Ascot phenomenon. Aidan O'Brien's three wins with horses that had already had busy seasons in Europe was another masterclasss, greatly aided by the superlative skills of Ryan Moore who was right at the top of his game. His confidence and judgement of pace on these American flat ovals is right up there with the best of the local star jockeys. It takes years to learn - Hollie Doyle certainly had a tough baptism on Nashwa in the white-hot pressure of American Grade 1 racing, but she just could not find enough daylight and no one was going to say "after you, Hollie."
Finally, I haven't seen anyone remark upon this, but top sire of the meeting surely goes to the mighty Curlin with three of his progeny winning on Saturday - Cody's Wish, Elite Power and Malathaat at three different trips between 6f and 9f, showing Curlin's versatility and quality for US breeders. Curlin was probably the most stunning model of a horse I have ever seen and I followed his stellar, multimillion-dollar career with great interest a decade and more ago. If any of you have a mare you want to breed from, a nomination to Curlin for 2023 will cost you a cool $225,000. I shudder to think what a Flightline nomination will fetch.
Call Me Lord wins at 11/2
Nap Kemp 1435 Haddex des Obeaux
Another crick in 2.35 kempton.
14.00 Kempton - Ajp Kingdom
Glajou nap (Kemp 14:35)
I've been busy the past 2 weeks working 13 hours a day (gets Violin out) at an Early Voting site helping to preserve US democracy from the fascists and other ne'er-do-wells. I get today off and have another long day again tomorrow.
Catching up, congratulations (belatedly) to @el gran senor in winning the monthly naps competition again with a stunning performance. He started at a strong gallop, consistent and safe jumping, overreached a couple of fences allowing the competition to close the gap before more safe jumping made for an easy victory.
My own performance can be described as started well behind, couple of good jumps, then fell further behind before pulling up with a few fences left.
I did manage to place my bets early for the Breeders Cup, and got 3 winners on Friday and 2 more on Saturday so at least I finished in profit. I got a couple of races wrong where I went for the APOB horse instead of the Appleby horse and vice versa.
Ehteyat in the 19:30 at Wolverhampton.
Captain Morgs Kenpton 3.05 as well
3rd different pick in 3.05K captain morgs
I am also going with Alan's nap. Seigneur Des As
16.05. Kempton. But I am doing a cowardly e.w
Eagle Court Wolves 8.30 EW
Oh Herberts Reign 8.00W nap
Seigneur Des As 16:05 Kemp Nap
Stormy Flight 1.35 Kempton, well done yesterdays winners.
NAP 3.05 Kempton - Call Me Lord
Dorking Boy - 15.05 Kempton