Many congratulations to Jake, who wins the naps table for the third time, brilliant performance, and much kudos too to second and third, Gforce and David, both of whom made a profit in a very close run thing for 2nd. Hopefully I have not missed anything. My concentration is close to non existent just now. I was in the supermarket yesterday suffering my usual frustrations at the cheap scanners they use for self checkout. After 3 non bleeps on one item, I glared at the assistant and was ready to complain very loudly when I realised I was trying to scan a prescription I'd just picked up from the vet. It's a dog's life right enough.
Good luck for the lovely month of April.
On scanners: I suppose the silver lining is that the staff who are there to help the victims of scanner glitches, vet's prescriptions, use of bus passes instead of credit cards, etc, must end the day feeling a certain sense of superiority and even job satisfaction...Even the robot scanner machines which were designed to replace human beings and make the customer do the work of till operators for the supermarket still need employed human beings to operate successfully.
Anyone notice this sly change: "Over jumps, the weight-for-age novice chase programme from May to August will be replaced with a programme of class three novice handicap chases, although these will be reduced by 10-15 per cent." This is supposedly to "better align the programme to the horse population". What rot. It's entirely to meet the needs of the big bookmakers. They have found that each way thieves have been all over small field novice chases and they want to close down any avenue to making money from betting. I rue the day they decided to have one handicap rating for hurdles and chases,, unlike in Ireland where things are done so much better to create competitive racing. The BHA won't admit it but they are totally in the thrall of Arc and their bookie friends.
Very good positive ride from Harry Reed on Carlow Farmer who isn't the keenest and most helpful of rides.
Baradar 3rd 9/1
Migration won at 18/1.
Well done Jake !
Ew nap. Baradar in the Lincoln.
NAP Baltimore Boy 2.25 Doncaster. The clean slate is about to be sullied......
My nap is N/R.... New Nap
Jenson Benson 17:00 Kempton EW Nap
Yanifer Each way in the Lincoln.
I dislike scanning machines - it should be a rule that if it fails 3 times you get goods for nowt - and its a waste of time trying to buy alcohol or even paracetomol with them as a light flashes and someone has to come und check you etc etc. Can take an age.
My nap today is Titian - 14.25 Doncaster
Well done to Jake for crossing the 500 barrier.
Library e.w. in 13.33. Saint Cloud. 8 Runner Race.
Congratulations again Jake. You must be getting sick of these luxury vacations in the Caribbean quaffing on Dom Pérignon.
My racing tracker certainty today misses out due to the abandonment of racing at Bellestown.
My only other trackers today happen to be the top 2 weights in the Lincoln. After much study and careful consideration (throwing a dart at my computer screen) it has to be Awaal (15:35 Doncaster)
I feel confounded by the Lincoln every year. A bête noire of mine is the way that the large field (inevitably) splits into two or even three groups. It must be impossible for jockeys to know what is happening on the other side of the course, they can only compete with the horses in their group? This means that there is a possibility that had a horse been in the other group, it might have succeeded even if it was the best in its group. Of course the clock does not lie. Then there is the condition of the track, too, which is often different from one side to the other. This is why I am relying on a dream and other pieces of superstition to pick a few selections today.
Congratulations Jake. I am not sure what the Buckfast is about, but a fairly distant relative of mine was a Bendictine monk at Buckfast Abbey. He was in charge of the stained glass workshops at Buckfast Abbey and was a padre with Montgomery's army in the desert: Dom Charles Norris. He created the spectacular Last Supper backdrop to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Abbey. To my shame, though I have lived in the area for over 40 years, I have never visited the Abbey or seen the window....
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3.35 Doncaster - Encourageable (each way)
Well done Jake and fair player to the placers. I find this a hellish time of the year for identifying winners. Many of the jumpers are over the top and there's no guarantee that last year's 2 & 3yos will train on. Not a time to go short!
Foal Watch on the comedy show had a Frankel new born and my first thought was to wonder if we'll see that one turn up at Hexham.
I've backed 3 (so far) in the Lincoln one being
Nap 1535 Donny Al Muhbir
probably because I was scarred by Addeybb who incidentally only ran the once at Donny. I'd got stuck into the 2nd Lord Glitters so it nearly went to plan. With hindsight what a Lincoln that was! Lets hope today's is as good. The other 2 are Wanees and Encourageable as they share what I thought was a decent form line. Took 33s about the latter to 6 places last night but enthusiasm is a bit tempered by the stable jock going to Kempton. Similar thoughts about my cliff horse Commanche Falls as Lord Abama was a bit free and didn't finish off his race as a consequence last night despite being backed into fav.
Congratulations and very well done to Jake. And also to the others on the leader-board. A new month, a clean slate and All That Jazz!
Awaal 3.35D win nap
Thanks for the comments from yesterday and this morning,I was never confident always expecting Gforce or David to to finish the month with a killer blow.
Imperial Fighter 4.10 Doncaster is the nap.
I feel have to have a little bet in the Lincoln,my EW dart has landed on Safe Voyage this year.
Well done Jake, a fine months tips.