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colpic
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Doncaster Races Friday 11 Sep

Great day out at a much improved venue. Not too profitable though...



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Saturday 12th September - Wolverhampton Races.

Admission 5 (With my discount voucher)
Racecard 2-50

Another good night under the floodlights, Wolves is fast becoming my favourite racetrack, love the floodlights adds a certain something to a meeting.


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Saturday 12th September - Wolverhampton Races.

Admission 5 (With my discount voucher)
Racecard 2-50

Another good night under the floodlights, Wolves is fast becoming my favourite racetrack, love the floodlights adds a certain something to a meeting.



Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972! Over those years the facilities at racecourses have improved out of all proportion; those who went to Ascot U on the hop cannot fail to have been impressed by what seems to be (yet to visit) the best grandstand in the country.
Also this was my first all weather and floodlight visit. I agree entirely with the comments above about racing under lights.


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Rugby Union

Scottish National Division 3
(ie 6th Level of the Scottish Leagues)

Marr (Troon) 30-8 Trinity Accies (Leith)


An excellent match, which was much tighter than the score suggests.

In the first half Marr took 20 mins to get out of their own half and for almost the whole of the half were defending their goal-line. This they did very effectively and at half-time the score was 3-3.

In the second half Marr gradually began to wear down their opponents. I heard one spectator comment that they may not be the best team or the biggest team in the division but they are probably the fittest. Credit for this should go to new coach, former Scotland international Craig Redpath.

The tries started to go in and by the end the pressure was on Marr to score a fourth try and collect the bonus point on offer. This they did with the final play of the match to maintain their second place in the division, behind Aberdeenshire.

At the end of the match, as is the custom in Scottish rugby, each term formed a 'guard of honour' as the opponents passed through, accompanied by call of approval. You would never have guessed there had been a couple of unseemly mass brawls and very ungentlemanly language in the preceding 80 minutes.


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Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972!


noprogs

I'm going through them at about the same rate as you are. I'm on 40 courses visited and started in 1969! Next one on my list is Carlisle's National Hunt 'Hoof Off' (their term not mine!) on October 9th.

My problem is that many of those I've got left are 'on the edges' though doubles matching Exeter and Newton Abbot, Ffos Las/Chepstow and Fakenham/Yarmouth would make a dent in the list. Folkestone is the only lone straggler.

Rob


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Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972!


noprogs

I'm going through them at about the same rate as you are. I'm on 40 courses visited and started in 1969! Next one on my list is Carlisle's National Hunt 'Hoof Off' (their term not mine!) on October 9th.

My problem is that many of those I've got left are 'on the edges' though doubles matching Exeter and Newton Abbot, Ffos Las/Chepstow and Fakenham/Yarmouth would make a dent in the list. Folkestone is the only lone straggler.

Rob



Item about Ffos Las on Sport Wales last Friday, presume you could watch it via "catch up" on BBC iPlayer, programme also included an item on Newport Speedway.

http://search.bbc.co.uk/...ab=av&q=ffos+las


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** Ice Hockey **
English National League Division One (North) (in effect, level 3)
Blackburn Hawks 1 Coventry Blaze ENL 3
Att: 380 (est)
Admission 6
Programme: 1.50 (32 pages, improving!)

Another tight game for Blackburn and another narrow home defeat (Cov's second goal on the break with 3 minutes to go, 3rd an empty netter in the last few seconds).

I've been going to Blackburn for my hockey fix for 15 years now and nothing much changes; whichever level they play at you always get a sense of under achievement watching the Hawks, like they really should be doing better than this. It's now very much become the default position!

At least with the English League now split into North and South sections, each with a first and second division, there's promotion and relegation issues to take into account which has made things much more interesting. Teams finishing first in Div 2 go up automatically, with the bottom team in Div One coming down, whilst second bottom and second top play two legged play offs to see who plays where the next season.

Good double this coming weekend with the Hawks at Trafford Metros on Saturday (5-15 at Altrincham) which fits in nicely with a number of 2-30 KO's in NE Wales.


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17/09/09
Cycling
Tour of Britain, Stage 6 - Frome to Bideford
Admission - Free, Excellent programme 3, Estimated attendance (Bideford Quay only, 10-11000)

It's been 17 years since the old Milk Race had a stage finish in Bideford. With the huge numbers present on the quayside for the finish of the longest stage of the Tour of Britain, I don't think pro cycling will be that long coming back!

A tremendous atmosphere, with crowds several deep for over three hundred metres. Most of the local schools had given the children the aftrenoon off to come down to see the finish, and there was a series of primary school races before the main event arrived.

A day-long breakaway of five riders was finally reeled in on the outskirts of town, and we were treated to a huge bunch sprint finish with Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen winning his fourth consecutive stage en route to the overall yellow jersey.

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17/09/09
Cycling
Tour of Britain, Stage 6 - Frome to Bideford
Admission - Free, Excellent programme 3, Estimated attendance (Bideford Quay only, 10-11000)

It's been 17 years since the old Milk Race had a stage finish in Bideford. With the huge numbers present on the quayside for the finish of the longest stage of the Tour of Britain, I don't think pro cycling will be that long coming back!



And yet it was the crowds in Barnstaple that were credited on the ITV4 coverage as the biggest ever seen in the event!

Programme was indeed superb - 68-page spiral-bound A4 in full colour, further 16 page supplement, plus folding route map in lanyard - football authorities would want about 12 for that lot.


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Saturday 19th September - Wolverhampton Races

My 39th racecourse (23 to go counting Newmarket as two, and assuming Great Leighs reopens).
This is more a long term project as 39 as taken me since 1972!


noprogs

I'm going through them at about the same rate as you are. I'm on 40 courses visited and started in 1969! Next one on my list is Carlisle's National Hunt 'Hoof Off' (their term not mine!) on October 9th.

My problem is that many of those I've got left are 'on the edges' though doubles matching Exeter and Newton Abbot, Ffos Las/Chepstow and Fakenham/Yarmouth would make a dent in the list. Folkestone is the only lone straggler.

Rob



Item about Ffos Las on Sport Wales last Friday, presume you could watch it via "catch up" on BBC iPlayer, programme also included an item on Newport Speedway.

http://search.bbc.co.uk/...ab=av&q=ffos+las


I've done 46 so far, starting at Ludlow in 1974. My last new one was Sedgefield last March when I took my daughter to Durham University. It was freezing cold and p*ssed down all day, however I did get to South Shields v Bishop Auckland in the evening and she did get a place,(which is more than my selections did!)



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Rob North
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Thursday 24 September

Horse Racing - PERTH

Attendance - Approx 4,000
Admission - 12 (15 less Racegoers' Club discount)
Programme - 2

Perth race from April until September and this was their final meeting of the year.

Irish trainer Gordon Elliott has dominated the trainers' table this year and notched up a couple more iwnners as Mhilu took the novice chase and McMurdo Sound sluiced up in the handicap hurdle under the promising 16-year-old jockey Keith Donoghue. Keep a note of that name as the youngster gianed a lot of experience on the Irish pony racing circuit (150 winners) and was recroding his second winner over jumps, his first being last week at Listowel.

Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey is in top form at the moment and secured the opening novice hurdle with Mesbaah who looks more than capable of following up. Reland was second on hurdling debut and will benefit from the experience.

Billie Magern just held Talkin' Tough in the three mile novice hurdle. Both look steeplechasers in the making and I was particularly taken by the long raking stride of Talking Tough who looks to be a late maturing type. Billie Magern is a brother to the very useful chaser Ollie Magern and another multiple chase winner in Petite Margot. Having won four novice hurdles I suspect he will be steeplechasing this season.

As is my way for Perth's steeplechases I stood down by the last fence. There were only three in the handicap chase, but anybody down by the fence got a real thrill as pace-setting Safari Adventure absolutely flew this jump on the first circuit, with jockey Campbell Gillies letting out and exhilirated "Yesss!" as his mount took the obstacle. Jump jockeys live for occasions like that when it all comes together. Ironically next time round a more tired Safari Adventures hit the fence halfway up and Gillies did well to cling on, eventually being overhauled by The Duke's Speech who had been given a patient waiting ride by Graham Lee.

A Little Different led all the way in the novices' handicap hurdle from a very oridnary bunch to make it three on the afternoon for the Irish. Typical Irish this one having been buried away in huge fields in soft and heavy ground over the Irish Sea, before being placed here on fast ground that palpably suits him best since his debut bumper win was on such ground. It was difficult to take too much encouragment from the beaten runners in this event.

The closing bumper, a flat race for jumps bred horses, there were some interesting prospects. Flaygray seems to have benfitted from a change of stables and came away well in the last furlong. The second De Bansha Man is worth keeping in mind as he is a well built, deep-chested jumping sort who will be in his element once he goes steeplechasing. He's only a 4-year-old, and it might just need a season or two before he comes to his best.


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Speedway Premier Riders Chmpionship - at Owlerton - 15 in, 3 programme - att: 3,000 ish (can never tell at these things with the people who pile in the bars).

Quality meeting made all the more special with Ricky Ashworth winning the Grand Final, with Kings Lynn's impressive youngster Darcy Ward coming in second. As my lad said on the way out, the future might be good for British Speedway. Away remarkably quick from the notorious Owlerton car park.



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Sunday September 27

Horse Racing - MUSSELBURGH

Attendance - A guess since I was in the Hospitality section, but I'd say around 5,000. It was plenty busy.

Admission - 17 - Racegoers' Club Hospitality with free race programme, food and drink and use of the Lothian Suite in the Queen's Stand

Decent fair to middling flat racing, though th sort of meeting I really struggle to fathom these days. Roll on the jumps season 'proper'!

Jim Goldie, who trains near Paisley, landed the first with Hawkeyethenoo. This gelding is versatile type who has won over a mile yes demonstrated sufficient pace to win going away over five furlongs here. A nice sort to have on your side since he gives so many options for placement.

Malcheek took the second for Tim Easterby, leaving his field for dead in the final two furlongs of a seven furlong contest. The second, Sea Salt has a complete eye cover over his right eye suggesting blindness or severe eye problems. It can't help him on a right-handed course round a bend though he stormed into second place up the straight.

Andorn won the seller and was bought in by his owners for 8,500. The owners of a selling winner pay 20% of the 'selling price' to the course if they wish to retain him, so it cost them 1,700 (plus VAT) to keep the horse in his current stable. Andorn showed more resolution than the second Graceful Descent and the third Birkside. In these lowly events resolution is often more useful than bare form.

The feature race, and 8,000 fillies' handicap saw Feeling Fab burst through to just get her head in front of three others in photo finish. This was a tough race to call even 100 yards from the line and it was all on the nod.

King Of The Moors is in good form and, having led most of the way, showed a little too much resolution for a number of supposedly more talented 'feint-hearts' in the claimer. KOTM has been difficult to win with but is the sort who can string together a decent run and he's in good heart.

Handicap master Sir Mark Prescott landed the stayers' race iwth the improving Ascendant. This one had to work hard to see off another improver in Mark Johnston's Spirit Is Needed who battled hard to show that he has plenty of spirit. Both are progressive and should win again soon.

The closing sprint was a 'whose turn is it today?' affair ultimately dominated by the top weights. Our party managed to land a decent dividend for placing the second and third in a Tote Swinger, although we missed a trick with the winner Distant Sun who was competing in a Class 6 event for the first time for two years. He clearly appreciated the lesser opposition. The one to take from this race is Killer Class. This filly struggled in early season, but I noted in the paddock that she is blooming as fillies sometimes do in the autumn and she ran well to suggest a small contest may fall her way soon.

Next on my racing schedule is a 'tick' at Carlisle on Friday October 9th.


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Sunday 27 September 2009 - CRICKET, Pro40
Worcestershire vs Sussex at New Road, Worcester
Adm: 15, Programme 3

The final day of the cricket season and a chance to see my lot (Sussex) win the Pro40 Championship. I've watched Sussex pretty much all my life, although I rarely see more than 6 or 7 days' cricket each summer these days and it's just as likely to be Essex, Surrey or even Middlesex to be honest. Sussex never won anything much in the days I was more of a regular watcher, and it's a bit hard to come to terms with them turning into being serial trophy winners.

Worcester is a long old slog on the train from London - so far away that the sun wasn't even shining there. And the timing was such that I didn't get to see much of the place. But New Road is a lovely old cricket ground, a great place to watch a game and this was my first visit. It has evolved over time and is a blend of old and new with all sorts of quirky corners and odd vantage points. A place I'd like to go to again. I took a photo which I have placed here:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/27260508

I always find it hard to estimate cricket crowds, but there was clearly a good number here - maybe 3,000, including a lot up from Sussex by the Sea. And the play was quite absorbing. Worcs batted first and set a beatable target of 214. With Sussex knocking 16 off the first over it looked as if it would be business as usual for the away team, but the innings never really got started and Sussex lost their final wicket 49 short. Worcestershire were helped by some very sharp fielding and a great stroke of luck with one of the wickets. Despite losing, Sussex ended up champions anyway because of events elsewhere.

I found the ground a bit lacking in decent catering outlets and couldn't track down any decent beer, probably due to my shyness at bunking into the pavilion and members areas. A typically heavyweight cricket match programme was issued with the scorecard stapled within.


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Ice Hockey
Saturday 26th September
English National League Div 1 (North)
Trafford Metros 4 Blackburn Hawks 3
Att: 110 (est)
Admssion: 5
Programme: 1 (12 pages)

Trafford Metros are the renamed Manchester Phoenix English League side (ie the one without semi pro imports) and play at the Altricham Ice Arena on Oakfield Road, adjacent to Altrincham Station on the Metrolink.

All seating is upstairs and at first glance looks good, but once you get up there you soon realise that there aren't many good seats that give a full view of the whole ice pad...unbelieveably bad planning for such a modern facility.

Hawks as usual stole defeat from the jaws of victory with a calamitous n/m error with less than two minutes to go leaving the home side with a empty net to score the winning goal. Prior to that it'd been well contested and tight, with lots of huff and puff but if truth be told, only flashes of real skill - a typical local derby.

Blackburn did at least break their duck the night after by reversing the scoreline in the return fixture.


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Saturday 26th September
English National League Div 1 (North)
Trafford Metros 4 Blackburn Hawks 3
All seating is upstairs and at first glance looks good, but once you get up there you soon realise that there aren't many good seats that give a full view of the whole ice pad...unbelieveably bad planning for such a modern facility.



Have they still got the TV screens all round that hang down into your field of vision blocking a further portion of the arena, when all they do is show the game which you could see for yourself if it wasn't for all the things blocking the view?!?!


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Hello John...yes they do!


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I'm attending horse racing at Carlisle this afternoon, report to follow over the weekend.


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Friday 9th October 2009

Horse Racing - CARLISLE (Going - Good To Firm)

Admission to Grandstand and Paddock - 12 (reduced to 9 with Racegoers' Club discount) - almost cost me 19 since the gateman initially mistook my Scottish 20 for a tenner - the 'Premier Enclosure' is 18 but only gives a bit of extra terracing and a further bar or two available, not my idea of 6 extra value.

Programme - 2.50 - very good value. Plenty of decent articles to back up the standard information.

Food - Steak pie 3, dreadful value for the sort of pie I'd get a non-league football ground for no more than 1.50 (Crossgates Primrose and Brechin Victoria supporters would not be impressed), coffee 1 (fair value), BLT baguette 2.70 (excellent value from the same outlet as the overpriced pie!)

Facilities are compact. Paddock is close to the Tote stand which is probably about the best viewing on the course and the pre-parade ring has decent public viewing for the really keen. It has to be said that Carlisle is not the best course for viewing by a long way. From the various terraces at least some part of the race hs be watched on the big screen and that irritates me as I do prefer to take my own view through the 'bins'. Tote stand has one fence down the back out of view and it's difficult to see the horses in thedip at the start of the straight. Finish is almost straight on viewing from there. You need to be high up to get the best view and there's no back wall at the top so it was drafty on a breezy day.

Carlisle is a stiff test for the horses with the final three fences on an uphill stretch only surpassed in the UK by Towcester's 'North face of the Eiger' finish. It's a real test when the going becomes soft in winter, though it was fast on this occasion with a few withdrawals as the forecast rain failed to materialise. The hurdles races are currently run on the flat course, though a new hurdles course is being prepared inside the steeplechase course and is planned for use in Spring 2011.

2.00 2m 1f Novices' Hurdle

As is often the case with this type of event it boiled down to two with the rest making up the numbers. Alvarado saw off McMurrough as the two favourites finished first and second but COCOA KEY appeared suited by the stiffer track in finishing a close third.

2.30 2m 4f Beginners' Chase

These events often throw up decent performers at Carlisle. Experience told with winner Checkerboard and second Lease Lend having been placed over fences last season. The one to note here is the third GANSEY who came off a year and a half break, having had a breathing operation in the meantime, and stayed on well at the finish. He can be made fitter and should win soon.

3.05 2m 4f Novices' Handicap Hurdle

A very poor event with plenty of competitors who will never achieve a lot. A tark contrast in the paddock between the pony-sized Cinaman and the huge frame of Liz's Dream. Neither are much good and Cinaman disgraced himself by throwing his jockey at the start and holding up proceedings but doing a circuit back to the stands. He was still bolshy but discipline was administered by his stable lass! This was the easiest event DUNBRODY HOUSE has run in and he took advantage though will have ot take on tougher opposition when the handicap figures are revised. TANTOBIE is progressing at a lowly level and performed creditably in seocnd.

3.40 2m Handicap Chase

SOME TOUCH's jumping can be iffy when put under pressure, but he was allowed to dictate from the front and won comfortably, in the process completing an on the day hat-trick for rider Denis O'Regan, trainer Howard Johnson and wealthy owner Graham Wylie. However, Some Touch had the race his own way here and is one to oppose next time. NUDGE AND NURDLE ran well in second for one who is suited by a flatter track and HIGH BIRD HUMPHREY wran creditably in third though is desperately difficult to win with. One to note fro mthe also rans is Ferdy Murphy's LE ROI ROUGE who is better on soft or heavy ground and worth noting when the rains arrive.

4.15 2m 1f C.J. Handicap Hurdle

A slighter better cintest than the previous handicap hurdle. Tantobie's previous conqueror SEA COVE ran respectably in fourth given that he was taking on better opposition, and he seems to consistently give his best. BENMADIGAN is suited by the gonig and the track and wore down his opponents from the last. WENSLEYDALE WEB ran a fine race in second given that the track doesn't play to his strengths.

4.50 3m Handicap Chase

Four non-runners knocked a hole inhe strength of this event. Four familiar Northern equine faces took on two long-distance raiders and the raiders held sway with Haverfordwest trained RIPALONG LAD crusing away in the latter stages followed home by Gloucestershire trained Native City. Best of the northerners was NELLIEDONETHAT trained up the road from me at Kinross by Lucinda Russell. Russell has a strong stable full this year and Nelliedone that seems to have progressed nicely enough to pick uip another race probably when dropped in class a bit. This was a 0-115 class race andhis one is still eligble for 0-100 class which would be much easier, particualrly here or at Hexham which courses suit him.

5.25 2m NH Flat

It suits me when there's a National Hunt Flat Race last on the card as

a) Half the crowd leave early which makes it easier to get out, and
b) I often spot potential for the future amongst these inexperienced horses.

The first three here are worth keeping a note of. LAST OF THE BUNCH was nothing special on his two efforts last season, reflected in a price of 25/1, but he stormed up the hill in impressive style. Alan Swinbank is no mug with thses lightly raced horses and this one should be placed to advantage over hurdles.
Easily pick of the paddock was yet another O'Regan/Johnson/Wyle horse in SOUTH LEINSTER. This one pulled hard early on which didn't help his cause, but led up the hill only to be overhauled approaching the final furlong. He seemed slightly intimidated and hampered when the winner hung across in front of him though held on merit. He will learn from the experience and probably win soon. GLINGERMILL got into the race late to keep the first two honest and is another who should pick up a run-of-the-mill contest before going hurdling.

I got away fairly quickly and it's not difficult to get back to the M6. However, the exit to the car park gets choked and they need a police presence to regulate traffic on the main road. I cut across country via the A7/A68 which seems to be boy racer country since I was passed by at least half a dozen drivers apparently intent in ending up in the back of an ambulance or in a box!

Racing takes a back seat for a while but I shall be attending a decent looking day's racing at Kelso on November 7th followed by Friday Kelso and Sunday Musselburgh meetings toward the end of November.

Rob


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English National Ice Hockey League South Two Cup, 6.15pm
Solent & Gosport Devils 1 Bristol Pitbulls 11
Admission 5 inc 12 page colour-copied programme, 3.90 for Tofu and Lentil Salad - no,hang on, I mean Hot Dog and Chips
Attendance around 140

Start delayed about 50 mins due to waiting for an ambulance to attend an injury in the under-16 match that was still going on when I arrived. More disconcerting for me was that the under-16s seemed to have a more impressive glossy-covered programme than the Seniors!

Gosport Ice Rink is a teeny-weeny venue. Ice dimensions are 40m x 20m rather than the standard 60x30, so the playing area is only 44% of full-size (from a quick check it seems only Grimsby is smaller in the UK). There is not much room to spare in the building at all, but there are three tiers of bench seating down the full-length of both sides and a decent cafe so it's a perfectly enjoyable place to watch a game.

As for the match, Bristol's newly formed senior side were as dominant as the scoreline suggests. They scored three in each of the first two periods, and another three in the first 90 seconds of the third. I'll probably go to Bristol when they play either Solent or Lee Valley. Despite this result, the fact that Solent have already beaten Lee Valley 20-0 means that Solent might have the best chance of giving them a game!


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More fun on the slippy stuff....

Lancashire Raptors 6 Grimsby Redwings 0
(played at Blackburn, as are all the Raptors home games)
English National League Div 2 North
Admission 6
Att: 150 ish
Programme 1 (sold out when I arrived 10 minutes before the start Frown)

The Raptors are the senior (open age side) of the Blackburn Ice Hockey Junior deveopment Assn. Essentially, it's a team for juniors when they get too old and either a) aren't good enough for the Blackburn Hawks or b) can't be pestered with a 40+ game league/cup season in ENIHL 1.

Doesn't sound too promising but wait, there's a surprise this season Wink

1) They have a huge squad who work their backsides off for eachother (22 kitted up for this game, the absolute max allowed) and...
2) They have two Latvian players who have their own absolutely insane "barmy army" who follow them to every game home and away in a minibus, a 15-20 man/women/beast rent-a-riot crew who make an absolute racket for the team for the whole game (and beyond....they were still singing in the carpark over 30 minutes after the game had finished Sly), with horns, drums, hooters and non stop singing and chanting.

In 25 years of watching ice hockey I have NEVER come across a bunch like this, they are completely nuts, sing mainly in Latvian, go apesh*t when the goals go in, go apesh*t +++ for fights and opposition penalties and just generally appear to be having an absolute ball. Even if the game's not great (and this wasn't in all honesty) it's worth the six quid to watch and listen to them, brilliant!

The game itself was predictably one sided (shots on goal 78-21) and I would warn any hoppers against watching Grimsby away, anywhere distant from home. They've already failed to show once this season (At Newcastle) and although they did ice 13 players in this game, many were U18's who wouldn't have been available had the U18's had a fixture.

Catch the Raptors when you can though, it's an "experience" to say the least!


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Kempton Park, National Hunt
Adm 18 on the day (reduced to 15 with Racegoers Club voucher), racecard 2.50, fish & chips 5.something

My first ever jumps meeting and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the autumn sunshine. Far from packed but enough to create a bit of atmosphere despite the small fields. The largest of the day was 7 runners and one went with only 3 after a late non-runner.

Main drama was the third race when the odds-on favourite Australia Day sprawled at the first, throwing Andrew Thornton clear. The horse then got up and carried on, headed the field the entire way round, got in the way at one point, and eventually "won" the race. Although it had shed it's rider, it did, unfortunately, still have my placepot hopes pinned firmly on it Crazy.

After the finish, the horse then went on to do another full 13 furlong lap of the course before eventually being brought under control. As he finished for the second time, Thornton had just made his way down the course to the finishing line and watched ruefully as his mount thundered past in fine fettle.

Hoping to make Fakenham on Friday which will be a new course. Had planned to go to Fontwell today but time was too tight after a slow start this morning so strolled the mile down the road to Kempton.


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Bective Rangers 19 Ballymena 27
AIB Irish Rugby Union Cup
Crowd 65 (Headcount)
Admission Free
Programme 60 page colour shell which is very good with a four page photocopied insert. Left on a table in the bar although there were only two with the outer shells.

Played at the very nice Donnybrook ground. Thankfully admission was free as this game was awful to watch with the player skill level extremely poor.

Nice clubhouse but 5 euros for a pint of Magners - a complete rip off


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Kempton Park, National Hunt
Adm 18 on the day (reduced to 15 with Racegoers Club voucher), racecard 2.50, fish & chips 5.something

My first ever jumps meeting and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the autumn sunshine. Far from packed but enough to create a bit of atmosphere despite the small fields. The largest of the day was 7 runners and one went with only 3 after a late non-runner.



WB

I think small fields will be the order of the day at most jumps tracks until some decent rain arrives. Kelso's meeting on Saturday was very lightweight for runners in the chases, and I'm hoping it softens a bit for a decent card on November 7th.

Regarding Kempton, I used to go there a couple of times a year before moving north and I found there was a much better atmosphere for jumps meetings than the flat. The place only really fills for the Christmas meeting though.

Fish and chips were very good when I last went there a couple of years back, competing with Perth for best quality I've eaten at a racecourse. Are they still decent quality?

Rob


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I think small fields will be the order of the day at most jumps tracks until some decent rain arrives. Kelso's meeting on Saturday was very lightweight for runners in the chases, and I'm hoping it softens a bit for a decent card on November 7th.

Regarding Kempton, I used to go there a couple of times a year before moving north and I found there was a much better atmosphere for jumps meetings than the flat. The place only really fills for the Christmas meeting though.

Fish and chips were very good when I last went there a couple of years back, competing with Perth for best quality I've eaten at a racecourse. Are they still decent quality?

Rob


I certainly enjoyed the jumps more, but possibly unfair to compare a Sunday afternoon to the lower profile mid-week evening flat meeting I went to. Don't think I'll be in the country this Christmas otherwise I might have headed down there.

I'll see how the fields hold up at Fakenham on Friday and maybe Towcester on Sunday if I get up there - I see they have introduced free entry to almost all their meetings there, with a reported 275% increase in attendance.

The fish and chips were good, piping hot and freshly made. Although initially the fish looked a very "artificial" shape, it was a real fillet of fish inside, not reshaped stuff. The roast beef/pork rolls upstairs in the premier suite looked good too.

Oh and thanks for mentioning the Racegoers Club in one of your posts. I took one look at their site and thought that's for me! Joining after mid-year they charged me 12 and I've comfortably made that back already.

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