Naps Table Update
Three Friday winners - cracking 10/1 nap for amtrakker - well done all.
If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.
Many thanks for the kind comments on Ahoy Senor. I wish they'd used those tactics at Cheltenham though there's little doubt L'Homme Press and Bravemansgame were not at their best today. I always fancied Ahoy Senor to turn over that Kempton defeat by the Nicholls horse - that was never his form. Ahoy Senor has learned from every race and that will need to continue for him to win a Gold Cup. He's beginning to show distinct preferences for flat left handed tracks, and it might well be a quirk that stops him showing his best at Cheltenham. He'd be some sight leading the old Hennessy field at Newbury if they pitched him into it.
Wow - lovely for Sam Waley-Cohen and connections, but I could never back it as a 7 year old and only piece of form is second to Ahoy Senor, which I guess you could say gave it a good boost given yesterday's result.
I would have had a nice pay day on Any Second Now, as I had it in EW double with Mac Tottie (and got quite excited at penultimate fence), but after throwing many darts, I ended up even on the day, largely thanks to Santini.
I think given that many people only watch racing once a year, this was a good spectacle, and I placed bets for my family on Two for Gold, that made for fun for them.
It saddens me to see Samcro in the National betting at 80/1 (170 on BF). What the heck is he doing in this race? He gets in because he is still rated in the 150s, but he is not the horse for this race, never was, never will be, and is merely keeping a more likely candidate out of the race. I adored this horse from when he sluiced up in his point and then ran 7 straight races unbeaten before falling at the Punchestown festival. He was never the same horse after that. I didn't realise that ta the time of course, and manged to find a bookmaker to lay me a decent bet to win the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup. But then things went awry thanks to the O'Learys' misguided obsession with winning the Champion Hurdle. He was sent over fences a year too late having toiled in the 2m hurdle division - it was a sad sight to see him being beaten up by Buveur D'air in the Fighting Fifth. Maybe I did overrate him and he was never the make and shape to be a3m2f chaser at the highest level. Who knows. But I told so many people (including THers) that "I gotta hoss!". And if you'd told me then that one day Samcro would be an 80/1 shot in the National I would have said you were crazy.
Well that's a head scratcher. Sam Brown wins the 4.15 by 15L despite being a confirmed mudlark and pulling up last time.
S.j grey does business turf.
I might leave this country if i have to see ITV RACING again.
Whilst it seems wrong to be posting a Winner before the main event I will be boarding a Flight soon and will just get my notification of a winning nap out of the way with.
Three Stripe Life at 5/2 in the 14.25 at Aintree.
NAP Enjoy D'Allen 5.15 Aintree. Good luck everyone...............
Nap: 4.15 Aintree - Oscar Elite
Espoir De Romay 4.15
Ew nap, J’Ai Froid. Aintree 1.45.
Best of luck in the big one everyone !
Dawn raider Bangor 15.43 for the nap.
i think i mentioned before i own a few hairs of hacker des places via the owners group and its been a cracking horse for our wee stable that also has barrichello and asdaa who've won a few each.
Should have napped it yesterday but did have a few quid on it which was lovely at 10s.
Not realy aftertimig hopefully and you dont get any inside info from owners group I didnt pass on - everything is "working well at home".!
Several (actually most of them) of the aforementioned horses are among my fancied runners, but my dart has landed on Good Boy Bobby for the National. Hoping he and all the others get around safely.
@QuaiDB Thanks for helping me get through my post-surgery effects. My passing out for most of Thursday felt very much like jetlag. The bruising has now started. However, I was rather surprised to discover which part of me has bruised first.
Lovely to see so many contrasting picks for today. I've taken a large wheelbarrow to
Nap Delta Work
and the small one to Longhouse Poet as Numbersixvalverde was a star for me and gives me a story to bore my mates to death with to this day. Another chapter will be added with victory! Also had fun bets on Run Wild Fred and Two For Gold where I've kept the faith unlike with Ahoy Senor! Well done Joe for sticking with him. Do we put our money on now for next year's Gold Cup?
Good luck everyone and I hope we all have a great day!
I'll put my tuppenceworth in since it's the National, though it's not the race, betting-wise, that it once was when you concentrated on those who would be sure, hopefully, to get round. Now, it's just another big handicap - and we've discussed the changes so no more need be said.
I ignored Ahoy yesterday since I thought his jumping at Cheltenham was so bad that it would affect him next time out - shows that I know bugger all. On the Wednesday, I think, at Cheltenham I had bet School Boy Hours in an EW trixie at 12s and they bet it like it was expected. Needless to say one place and one win with the other two made me greedy and I didn't cash out. But, if he hadn't made that one bad mistake and had run as expected, he would have got in with a workable weight today and would be a lot shorter. So, it School Boy Hours, for me. And I have a hankering for Stage Star in the second race.
Some interesting, and indeed intelligent, comments BTL in the Graun today, with Dilton's comment above discussed - very sensible, indeed - and I've noticed our old friend Armado has returned comments on racing to offer his views on carrots. I think my obsessions disappear over time.
Have a happy National everyone - God help us from the hype and Alice's tears if Snow Leopardess wins.
Good Risk at All 2.25
I’ve backed Kildisart in the GN but for the nap I’m going for Taragrace in the first race at Bangor. Surely Brian Hughes will have had at least one winner as he sits and watches the big race from about 50 miles away.
I'm going for Dingo Dollar as my nap today in the GN. Hoping Sandy can work his magic.
I took deise aba at 66/1 last night (e/w), will need a career best, but is a great jumper and might have the stamina to knick a place. Other decent e/w shouts I've had a small wager on include cloth cap, dingo dollar and Joe's fancy Fortescue. Good luck to everyone in the minefield that is the national and let's hope they all come home safely. Today's nap is the rather uninspiring choice of edwardstone, I was so impressed with him when I saw him live at sandown back in December and he just keeps getting better.
Congratulations Joe on Ahoy Senor, your faith was rewarded!
Two for Gold in the Grade 3 chase at Aintree. EW at 50s on Paddy.
Support for the return of the traditional NH season is gathering ,if you agree drop an email to the BHA. We are badly under staffed as it is and everyone needs a break,both human and equine. I know I do and I'm not mucking out 6 or more before riding out 4 lots each day and going racing any longer . It's no coincidence that certain yards are mis firing from past glories, you need quality staff to succeed. The youngsters coming into the game are vastly different from those in my day ,myself included whose whole life revolved around the game ,at the expense of everything else.
The merry go round suits the bookies and courses but something has to give ,yet no one at the BHA seems to grasp that fact .
Reading the comments on TH this past week convinces me that certain individuals have no idea what it takes to train a horse or even get one in one piece to the sports.The idiot who ridiculed Paul Nicholls particularly.
Presumably Shaun Parker and his bunch of stewards didnt see Cobden do a brilliant sideways manoeuvre 2 out that stopped GentlemanatArms impetus and nearly put him through the rails yesterday ?