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    arsenalfh got a reaction from Snert in Royal Ascot - Ante Post Betting   
    King's Stand Stakes (Tuesday 20th June)
    This looks a nice ante post betting race with several of the market leaders having other targets or some holes in their form.
    Lady Aurelia heads the betting at 9/2 best priced but is also entered in the Commonwealth Cup. She didn't stay a yard of 6 furlongs last year but did seem to settle better when winning on her reappearance at Keeneland although I would expect her to line up here. The concern I have with her is whether she will train on as Ward has his 2 year olds very forward as we saw with Acapulco who didn't train on a yard.
    Marsha was very impressive the last day at Newmarket and looks rock solid at 6/1 but she might not be that much shorter on the morning of the race given the way bookmakers operate these days. Acapulco looks miles off what is required here based on her recent form and looks a massive lay at 8/1. She never matched her run over course and distance and even that piece of form would likely leave her short here. She's also in foal so we don't know how that will affect her.
    Profitable won this last year but Royal Ascot is usually run on quick ground so he probably won't get his ideal conditions like he did last season. That's enough to put me off him repeating his win. Washington DC has been running well over 5f but 14/1 looks a little short when he's likely going to need to pull out a little more improvement to win here going against his pretty exposed profile.
    If Limato turns up at Royal Ascot he must be near certain to run in the Diamond Jubilee over 6f and you would have to think the same race would be the plan for Quiet Reflection as well as Brando. Caravaggio is probably a near definite runner in the Commonwealth Cup all being well too. Signs of Blessing had a fantastic campaign last year probably not getting the credit he deserved going off big prices despite showing top class form. He remains of interest but he's another who is likely going to stick to 6f contests.
    Goldream and Cotai Glory look the interesting ones at the prices. These are out and out 5f sprinters who love fast ground making them likely runners in this event. The former won this race two years ago but was pulled from the race last season on account of the soft ground and seems to relish the sprint course at Ascot. However at the prices I prefer Cotai Glory who was 2nd behind Profitable last year beaten just a neck and his reappearance can be excused when well beaten by Marsha at Newmarket. He stumbled out of the stalls, raced keen and doesn't seem to like undulating courses. It's possible he might even improve on his run in this last year given that he's a good moving horse and his trainer Charles Hills is adamant he wants fast ground.
    With this ante post market potentially cutting up badly Cotai Glory looks a good bet at 33/1.
    3.40 Ascot - Cotai Glory @ 33/1 Skybet
     
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from BillyHills in Chester Cup Festival - May 10th - 12th   
    Intransigent: 11th (16/1)
    Max Zorin: 3rd (25/1)
    Duretto: 3rd (15/2)
    Highland Pass: 2nd (7/2)
    St Marys: 1st (14/1)
    Great day for Balding today. Something to keep in mind for future meetings here.
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    arsenalfh reacted to BillyHills in Photos from Chester Races   
    Went to Chester yesterday, here are some of the photo's I took.
    I stood down at the bend entering the straight, you get a great view sitting on the bank and the start of the Chester Cup is down there too. Its just a tenner to get in there too so its not a rip off.












     
     
     
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from BillyHills in Royal Ascot - Ante Post Betting   
    King's Stand Stakes (Tuesday 20th June)
    This looks a nice ante post betting race with several of the market leaders having other targets or some holes in their form.
    Lady Aurelia heads the betting at 9/2 best priced but is also entered in the Commonwealth Cup. She didn't stay a yard of 6 furlongs last year but did seem to settle better when winning on her reappearance at Keeneland although I would expect her to line up here. The concern I have with her is whether she will train on as Ward has his 2 year olds very forward as we saw with Acapulco who didn't train on a yard.
    Marsha was very impressive the last day at Newmarket and looks rock solid at 6/1 but she might not be that much shorter on the morning of the race given the way bookmakers operate these days. Acapulco looks miles off what is required here based on her recent form and looks a massive lay at 8/1. She never matched her run over course and distance and even that piece of form would likely leave her short here. She's also in foal so we don't know how that will affect her.
    Profitable won this last year but Royal Ascot is usually run on quick ground so he probably won't get his ideal conditions like he did last season. That's enough to put me off him repeating his win. Washington DC has been running well over 5f but 14/1 looks a little short when he's likely going to need to pull out a little more improvement to win here going against his pretty exposed profile.
    If Limato turns up at Royal Ascot he must be near certain to run in the Diamond Jubilee over 6f and you would have to think the same race would be the plan for Quiet Reflection as well as Brando. Caravaggio is probably a near definite runner in the Commonwealth Cup all being well too. Signs of Blessing had a fantastic campaign last year probably not getting the credit he deserved going off big prices despite showing top class form. He remains of interest but he's another who is likely going to stick to 6f contests.
    Goldream and Cotai Glory look the interesting ones at the prices. These are out and out 5f sprinters who love fast ground making them likely runners in this event. The former won this race two years ago but was pulled from the race last season on account of the soft ground and seems to relish the sprint course at Ascot. However at the prices I prefer Cotai Glory who was 2nd behind Profitable last year beaten just a neck and his reappearance can be excused when well beaten by Marsha at Newmarket. He stumbled out of the stalls, raced keen and doesn't seem to like undulating courses. It's possible he might even improve on his run in this last year given that he's a good moving horse and his trainer Charles Hills is adamant he wants fast ground.
    With this ante post market potentially cutting up badly Cotai Glory looks a good bet at 33/1.
    3.40 Ascot - Cotai Glory @ 33/1 Skybet
     
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from BillyHills in Monthly Naps Comp - Monday April 24th   
    7.25 Navan - Lightning Fast @ 8/1 Bet365
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    arsenalfh reacted to robertob in Racing Chat - Good Friday   
    3.30 Bath: Class 2 Handicap, 1m 3.5f
    Richard Hannon's Hushood is thrown into the deep end here on his handicap debut of a rather biggish looking opening mark, judged on what this lad this as a juvenile. 
    But he is expected to improve big time for the trip. He's nicely bred and a full-brother to Group 3 placed Seaport. His family is stamina laden and has also form on fast ground, though Hushood himself showed his best  in a maiden on good to soft last year, beating a short odds-on favourite from the Gosden yard, who subsequently franked the form. 
    Interestingly Hushood is by sire Champs Elysees who has a tremendous record over this trip and on firm ground, which gets even better at this Bath track  - a small sample size it is, but the numbers look significant.
    All in all Hushood makes appeal as there is a good chance he finds the improvement needed in these conditions to overcome a mark of 86.
    Selection:
    10 pts win - Hushood @ 13/2 Skybet
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from beaker1 in Racing Chat - Saturday (Inc Scoop6)   
    Doncaster Preview - Lincoln Meeting
    I'm all over the Fahey horses tomorrow to be honest. As I mentioned in the Lincoln thread, in March and April he has 1.25 actual winners to expected at a 17% strike rate over the last 9 seasons. In the Cammidge Birchwood should be suited going down in trip and has the best form running well up to Group 1 level. Absolutely So will probably need the run and Mobsta likes really soft ground which he won't get at a drying Doncaster. Next in the Spring Mile, Another Touch still looks progressive just going 4 years old after some decent efforts last season. Nimr has to prove himself on turf and although Sacred Act looks potentially smart too, he's very fragile so both have negatives at short prices.
    A little concerned about the trip for Toscanini but Fahey's record at improving horses is good first time off another trainer and he should be ready to go off a break. He stays 7f well enough at the Curragh and Ascot which are two of the stiffest tracks around and the drying ground give hope things will work out over this distance. On form he's right up there with the market leaders so he's worth a shot at double figure prices. Crazy Horse is the big danger but he hasn't been able to replicate his 7f form over this mile distance. Dolphin Vista in the Lincoln is the one for me, still lightly raced, gelded and reportedly flying at home. Considered the Millman horses because he's a trainer who has them well forward usually but I didn't feel they were well treated. Emell could go well for Hannon too after running a promising race at Wolves last time. He's way better on the turf and was 6th off 5lbs higher last year but he hasn't won in a long time.
    In the 2 year old maidens I'm going to swerve a bet as Evans has 2 year olds in both as well as Fahey. His record is not as robust as Fahey's because of the smaller sample and lower strike rate but I'll be following both of their newcomers throughout the season. In the 3 year old maiden the Appleby horse was eye-catching on debut and looks like drifting to a nice price. Really think Hold Sway will appreciate the step up in trip and considering Appleby's improve a ton for the run in general, he could come on significantly over this distance.
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    arsenalfh reacted to Tedthewolf in Lincoln Handicap - Doncaster   
    Would not be a big surprise if Fahey & Hanagan won the Spring Mile and Lincoln!
    Bu i  will go for a roughie e/w its the Hannon second string EMELL 33/1 1/5 6 places ran well in this last year lighter weight this time around will come on for recent run on flat interestng Jock booked Timmy Murphy he is no Graham Lee on the flat but he is very capable Jock imo. Emell looks overpriced to me and looks to have a really good place chance and who knows with a bit a luck ...
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from richard-westwood in Lincoln Handicap - Doncaster   
    Your 33/1 on Dolphin Vista looks fantastic @richard-westwood. I quite fancy him myself at the current prices with 14/1 available on Betfred and a generous 5 places.
    Dolphin Vista is still relatively lightly raced and has been gelded over the winter so is very much open to improvement. Fahey reports him working really well and the fact he's the choice of Paul Hanagan backs this up. Fahey boasts a fine record in the months of March and April with an A/E winners of 1.25 and a healthy strike rate of 17% so I wouldn't be worried about backing his first time up this season.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from robertob in Flat Racing 2017   
    Some fantastic pictures there @robertob 
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    arsenalfh reacted to robertob in Flat Racing 2017   
    Nice winner with Gymkhana arsenal! 
    Can't say I had much luck though it was all for small money and the one that really mattered as it was my big ante-post as mentioned before was Aussie Valentine. Would you believe it, he comes second again?! Tha't's what you call a brides made! The runner-up effort was good enough for me though. 
    Shame the little old stand has bee teared down. My favourite place to watch racing from in Ireland I'd say. Will be interesting to see what they replace it with. The crowd was certainly very healthy, the good weather didn't hinder the cause I guess...
    Some photos I took today below:

    Gymkhana storms to success in the first handicap of the new season

    Alphabet an impressive winner of the 3yo 6f maiden

    Czabo and Graham Lee before winning the G3 Park Express

    Even the little ones didn't want to miss the exciting finish to the Group 3 Park Express Stakes

    Cheltenham winner Tully East stopped by to say hello

    Bottom weight Gino Severini wins the Madrid Handicap

    Ger Lyons's camp - winning connections of the Irish Lincoln
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from Jimmy2shoes in Flat Racing 2017   
    Nice to get a winner on the board with Gymkhana who traveled well and put the race to bed well. Although the facilities are very much outdated it's a very nice course with a fantastic view from the stands. The horses come up the straight really close to the stand and there was a good crowd and atmosphere to the place today. Hopefully will get back to Naas soon.
    Don't know about the times or the form but those O'Brien maiden winners were hugely impressive visually.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from BillyHills in Flat Racing 2017   
    Nice to get a winner on the board with Gymkhana who traveled well and put the race to bed well. Although the facilities are very much outdated it's a very nice course with a fantastic view from the stands. The horses come up the straight really close to the stand and there was a good crowd and atmosphere to the place today. Hopefully will get back to Naas soon.
    Don't know about the times or the form but those O'Brien maiden winners were hugely impressive visually.
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    arsenalfh reacted to BillyHills in Flat Racing 2017   
    Great start for the ratings;
    Wasn't sure how they would go on the Flat so early. 
    Don't forget all of the races will be rated and are under the 'Tips' banner at the top of the page.
     

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    arsenalfh reacted to BillyHills in Flat Racing 2017   
    Looks a useful sort, good spot.
    Also liked the way the 2yo did it in the opening race.

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    arsenalfh got a reaction from robertob in Flat Racing 2017   
    Interesting article on Japanese horse racing.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from BillyHills in Flat Racing 2017   
    Interesting article on Japanese horse racing.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from beaker1 in Flat Racing 2017   
    Just noticed the Irish Lincoln is next weekend. With all the buzz around the horse racing world with Cheltenham you forget the flat season is about to begin.
    The Irish Lincoln takes place at Naas this year with the Curragh being redeveloped. It's nice that some of the smaller tracks are getting a spread of the better races because if we're ever going to get people really excited about flat racing in Ireland it needs to be made more accessible. The Curragh is just too awkward to get to and dominates the pattern calendar.
    Unfortunately we have the ridiculous situation that the Irish Derby and the second day of Irish Champions Weekend in particular will be run in front of a capped crowd of 6,000. Great to showcase two of Ireland's best days racing with a capped crowd and in front of a building site. Despite being branded as a weekend event, approximately 10,000 of the people who go to Leopardstown will not be able to go to the Curragh. Both races should have been moved to Leopardstown this year and I would even make the case for moving the second day of Irish Champions Weekend to Leopardstown permanently.
    What is everyone looking forward to this year?
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from beaker1 in Flat Racing 2017   
    I love Cheltenham but it has a negative effect on the National Hunt Calendar. Just look at the Betfair Hurdle and Imperial Cup entries compared to the County Hurdle at the festival. Mullins campaigned Douvan around festival and gambled on him running to form there which backfired. He should have been running in races like the Clarence House or Tingle Creek. It's a breadth of fresh air to see Tizzard campaigning horses so boldly and if he didn't Thistlecrack would just be an exciting novice chaser not down in history as a King George winner.
    I like both codes but for betting I prefer the flat because I can watch a race in a few minutes and also don't have to judge jumping and the likes. Definitely the longevity of the season is another positive unlike the jumps which has this bad mid season lull prior to Cheltenham.
    I go to Leopardstown a lot because I live in Dublin and it's easy to get to for me but since I don't drive getting anywhere else is a lot harder. A lot of the Curragh meetings are on a Sunday where trains are infrequent and the bus isn't great value which is the issue. I just think the pattern races on the flat should be distributed more evenly throughout the top Irish flat courses.
    Going to Naas on Sunday for the Lincoln so looking forward to that.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from beaker1 in Flat Racing 2017   
    @robertob
    Group 1[edit]
    Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex May Irish 2,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo c&f May Tattersalls Gold Cup Curragh 1m 2f 110y 4yo+ May Irish 1,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo f June Pretty Polly Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f June Irish Derby Curragh 1m 4f 3yo c&f July Irish Oaks Curragh 1m 4f 3yo f July / Aug Phoenix Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo c&f September Matron Stakes Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ f September Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo+ September Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f September Vincent O'Brien National Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo c&f September Irish St. Leger Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+ Group 2[edit]
    Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex May Ridgewood Pearl Stakes Curragh 1m 4yo+ f May Mooresbridge Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 4yo+ June / July Railway Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo June / July Curragh Cup Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+ July Kilboy Estate Stakes Curragh 1m 1f 3yo+ f July Minstrel Stakes Curragh 7f 3yo+ August Debutante Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f August Futurity Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo September Clipper Boomerang Mile Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ September Blandford Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f September Flying Five Stakes Curragh 5f 3yo+ Sept / Oct Beresford Stakes Curragh 1m 2yo To me that list just highlights the problem we have in Irish flat racing. It's too centralised around the Curragh and if they want the sport to get anywhere near jump racing it needs to be made more accessible as the Curragh just doesn't suit everyone. Naas is a good course and the south of the country has nothing so maybe Cork would be another track that deserves a Group 2.
    I wouldn't use the Irish Leger as an excuse to not moving the second day to Leopardstown. In the end it's not a proper classic and is it really that historical? Maybe it's because I'm relatively new to racing but it's not exactly a race I remember too fondly with great horses or anything of the like. The fact that the attendance drops off significantly for day 2 of Irish Champions Weekend makes me think it would be sensible to have both days at Leopardstown. A lot of people come over from England and I just get the feeling that a lot don't bother with the second day but would if it was also at Leopardstown. Not only that but Leopardstown is very fair, produces the best ground and has a fantastic stiff hill that produces exciting finishes and is underused as a flat course in Ireland.
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    arsenalfh reacted to robertob in Flat Racing 2017   
    It's a very valid point you make. The distribution of Group races is heavily geared towards the Curragh - it's HQ of racing for a reason I guess (one important factor not to forget: the majority of flat trainers are based around the Curragh). I wouldn't have an issue with some of the races to move to Leopardstown, or as you say, why not even Mallow, which is a very nice, fair track from my experience (in fairness they have two Group 3 races). 
    On the other hand I wouldn't say Leopardstown is underutilised as a flat track. They have 14 flat meetings every year, racing twice on a Thursday each month in the summer, with usually compelling maidens, plenty of competitive handicaps and some fine Group 3's on offer. That's quite allot. Not to forget they have all those big jump meetings in the winter. It's a super track, no doubt. I love it. The recent upgrades are fantastic, you have a sensational view of pretty much the whole course. Irish Champions Weekend Saturday is arguably the best day of racing in the whole year. I'm 100% with you on that.
    I'd also argue that if you have a high class day as the first day of the ICW is, it's very hard to match that on the second day, regardless of where you run it.  That's why I love the second day as it's done currently because it gets the real racing fan engaged - in fact it engages plenty of foreign visitors. I know for a fact foreign racing fans enjoyed the opportunity to see some of the biggest yards combined with the raceday on Sunday - The "Curragh Trail" as part of the ICW Sunday was a huge success in the last two years as it was sold out. As said, that's something where you get real racing fans engaged, which in my view, is much more important than having a few more folks at the track who only come for the "craic". 
    From personal experience I can highly recommend to do the Curragh Trial/raceday double on Sunday. You get to meet the top trainers, can chat with them, see some top class thoroughbreds in their own environment - it#s really well organised as well (sounding like a Curragh PR person I guess - I don't want to, because as mentioned before, I'm actually really annoyed with how they threat members.) 
    In my eyes the Curragh is the perfect racetrack - I heard plenty of trainers referring to "the fairest track in the world" - not sure about that, because sometimes over certain trips it heavily favours front-runners and the stiff uphill finish is certainly not everyone's cup of tea. But it's a wide, galloping track with very few hard-luck stories, if the jockey's don't mess up. In general it is incredibly fair.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from BillyHills in Flat Racing 2017   
    @robertob
    Group 1[edit]
    Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex May Irish 2,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo c&f May Tattersalls Gold Cup Curragh 1m 2f 110y 4yo+ May Irish 1,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo f June Pretty Polly Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f June Irish Derby Curragh 1m 4f 3yo c&f July Irish Oaks Curragh 1m 4f 3yo f July / Aug Phoenix Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo c&f September Matron Stakes Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ f September Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo+ September Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f September Vincent O'Brien National Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo c&f September Irish St. Leger Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+ Group 2[edit]
    Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex May Ridgewood Pearl Stakes Curragh 1m 4yo+ f May Mooresbridge Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 4yo+ June / July Railway Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo June / July Curragh Cup Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+ July Kilboy Estate Stakes Curragh 1m 1f 3yo+ f July Minstrel Stakes Curragh 7f 3yo+ August Debutante Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f August Futurity Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo September Clipper Boomerang Mile Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ September Blandford Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f September Flying Five Stakes Curragh 5f 3yo+ Sept / Oct Beresford Stakes Curragh 1m 2yo To me that list just highlights the problem we have in Irish flat racing. It's too centralised around the Curragh and if they want the sport to get anywhere near jump racing it needs to be made more accessible as the Curragh just doesn't suit everyone. Naas is a good course and the south of the country has nothing so maybe Cork would be another track that deserves a Group 2.
    I wouldn't use the Irish Leger as an excuse to not moving the second day to Leopardstown. In the end it's not a proper classic and is it really that historical? Maybe it's because I'm relatively new to racing but it's not exactly a race I remember too fondly with great horses or anything of the like. The fact that the attendance drops off significantly for day 2 of Irish Champions Weekend makes me think it would be sensible to have both days at Leopardstown. A lot of people come over from England and I just get the feeling that a lot don't bother with the second day but would if it was also at Leopardstown. Not only that but Leopardstown is very fair, produces the best ground and has a fantastic stiff hill that produces exciting finishes and is underused as a flat course in Ireland.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from Jimmy2shoes in Flat Racing 2017   
    @robertob
    Group 1[edit]
    Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex May Irish 2,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo c&f May Tattersalls Gold Cup Curragh 1m 2f 110y 4yo+ May Irish 1,000 Guineas Curragh 1m 3yo f June Pretty Polly Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f June Irish Derby Curragh 1m 4f 3yo c&f July Irish Oaks Curragh 1m 4f 3yo f July / Aug Phoenix Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo c&f September Matron Stakes Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ f September Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo+ September Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f September Vincent O'Brien National Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo c&f September Irish St. Leger Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+ Group 2[edit]
    Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex May Ridgewood Pearl Stakes Curragh 1m 4yo+ f May Mooresbridge Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 4yo+ June / July Railway Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo June / July Curragh Cup Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+ July Kilboy Estate Stakes Curragh 1m 1f 3yo+ f July Minstrel Stakes Curragh 7f 3yo+ August Debutante Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f August Futurity Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo September Clipper Boomerang Mile Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ September Blandford Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f September Flying Five Stakes Curragh 5f 3yo+ Sept / Oct Beresford Stakes Curragh 1m 2yo To me that list just highlights the problem we have in Irish flat racing. It's too centralised around the Curragh and if they want the sport to get anywhere near jump racing it needs to be made more accessible as the Curragh just doesn't suit everyone. Naas is a good course and the south of the country has nothing so maybe Cork would be another track that deserves a Group 2.
    I wouldn't use the Irish Leger as an excuse to not moving the second day to Leopardstown. In the end it's not a proper classic and is it really that historical? Maybe it's because I'm relatively new to racing but it's not exactly a race I remember too fondly with great horses or anything of the like. The fact that the attendance drops off significantly for day 2 of Irish Champions Weekend makes me think it would be sensible to have both days at Leopardstown. A lot of people come over from England and I just get the feeling that a lot don't bother with the second day but would if it was also at Leopardstown. Not only that but Leopardstown is very fair, produces the best ground and has a fantastic stiff hill that produces exciting finishes and is underused as a flat course in Ireland.
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from Jimmy2shoes in Flat Racing 2017   
    Just noticed the Irish Lincoln is next weekend. With all the buzz around the horse racing world with Cheltenham you forget the flat season is about to begin.
    The Irish Lincoln takes place at Naas this year with the Curragh being redeveloped. It's nice that some of the smaller tracks are getting a spread of the better races because if we're ever going to get people really excited about flat racing in Ireland it needs to be made more accessible. The Curragh is just too awkward to get to and dominates the pattern calendar.
    Unfortunately we have the ridiculous situation that the Irish Derby and the second day of Irish Champions Weekend in particular will be run in front of a capped crowd of 6,000. Great to showcase two of Ireland's best days racing with a capped crowd and in front of a building site. Despite being branded as a weekend event, approximately 10,000 of the people who go to Leopardstown will not be able to go to the Curragh. Both races should have been moved to Leopardstown this year and I would even make the case for moving the second day of Irish Champions Weekend to Leopardstown permanently.
    What is everyone looking forward to this year?
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    arsenalfh got a reaction from BillyHills in Flat Racing 2017   
    I love Cheltenham but it has a negative effect on the National Hunt Calendar. Just look at the Betfair Hurdle and Imperial Cup entries compared to the County Hurdle at the festival. Mullins campaigned Douvan around festival and gambled on him running to form there which backfired. He should have been running in races like the Clarence House or Tingle Creek. It's a breadth of fresh air to see Tizzard campaigning horses so boldly and if he didn't Thistlecrack would just be an exciting novice chaser not down in history as a King George winner.
    I like both codes but for betting I prefer the flat because I can watch a race in a few minutes and also don't have to judge jumping and the likes. Definitely the longevity of the season is another positive unlike the jumps which has this bad mid season lull prior to Cheltenham.
    I go to Leopardstown a lot because I live in Dublin and it's easy to get to for me but since I don't drive getting anywhere else is a lot harder. A lot of the Curragh meetings are on a Sunday where trains are infrequent and the bus isn't great value which is the issue. I just think the pattern races on the flat should be distributed more evenly throughout the top Irish flat courses.
    Going to Naas on Sunday for the Lincoln so looking forward to that.
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