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    Christmas Racing 2018

    cant see it myself but Donn sweet on https://donnmcclean.com/2018/11/24/politologue-2/

    Politologue
    Politologue was very good in winning the Grade 2 Christy 1965 Chase over 2m 5f. He always travelled well just behind the leaders, Gold Present and Hammersly Lake, he jumped well, and he moved up on the outside to join Gold Present in front as they raced up the side of the track. Sam Twiston-Davies waited in front, he didnít want to go on too early, and they got in a bit tight to both the second last and the last fences, which gave Charbel a chance. But it never really looked like Paul Nichollsí horse was going to get beaten and, while he only got home by a half a length in the end, he left the impression that he had a fair bit more in hand than that.

    The form of the race is strong. He was giving 6lb to Charbel, who was giving Altior a race in the 2017 Arkle when he came down at the second last, and who was race fit. Kim Baileyís horse beat Baron Alco at Chepstow in October, giving him 12lb, and Baron Alco won the BetVictor Gold Cup next time. Politologue and Charbel were clear on Saturday, and the winning time was good.

    Paul Nichollsí horse deserves to take his chance in the King George now. We donít know if he will stay three miles, but we know that he stays two miles and five furlongs well at Ascot, and the King George is only another three furlongs further, at an easier track. John Halesí horse record over two and a half miles or more away from Cheltenham, where he has never really been seen to best effect, reads 2112111. He wore a hood and a tongue-tie on his final run last season at Aintree, when he beat Min in the Melling Chase, and he wore the same combination on Saturday. Those two runs have probably been the two best runs of his life. He is only seven, and he could step up again in the King George.

    Ascot, 24th November 2018

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    This looks a lot better after Charbels run at the weekend

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    Waiting Patiently 5/1 for the King George has to be the worst value in the market.

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    KG doesn't interest me from a betting pov but Bristol should be a few points shorter than 8/1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctorwu View Post
    Waiting Patiently 5/1 for the King George has to be the worst value in the market.
    It is when you can get 6/1

    https://www.sportinglife.com/racing/...am-spin/156040

    Am I right in thinknig you don't like this horse because he didn't run in the Ryanair?


    From memory, they've always said the King George would be his race?

    I wouldn't lay him at 1/6 - will you be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevloaf View Post
    It is when you can get 6/1

    https://www.sportinglife.com/racing/...am-spin/156040

    Am I right in thinknig you don't like this horse because he didn't run in the Ryanair?


    From memory, they've always said the King George would be his race?

    I wouldn't lay him at 1/6 - will you be?

    Its not the horse I have a problem with, its 2nd rate flakey trainers who don't have the balls to put the horse in THE FESTIVAL of the year.
    Its always been the way with certain trainers that are looking for excuses for not running the horse. It was a so-called ground issue as the 1st excuse, when the the ground turned in the horses favour its was then the track(sigh). No doubt she was looking for something a bit easier for the horse. She had a great opportunity to see if the horse was good enough in the Ryanair and she bottled it. The season ended in disappointment. schadenfreude.
    The consistent point I always make is that if the horse was Irish trained the whole town would have followed the horse over the Irish Sea for Cheltenham. They would have taken their chance, and for that I admire them.
    Cheltenham is everything, no one really cares about Aintree other than the Grand National.

    Regardless of my view of the trainer I don't think the horse would have been good enough to win at the festival anyway.

    I will be laying WP on the exchanges for the KG. Thats my Christmas sack sorted.
    Last edited by doctorwu; 12-13-2018 at 08:47 AM.

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