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I think retirement beckons for Slowpoke
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I could hardly get over the commentators' outpouring of sympathyfor 'poor' Tommy Sadler & his frustration in missing out on the ride in a $100k race Angry
Not one mention of the owners' cost & disappointment at having come so close but missing out thru' no fault of theirs or their trainer!

The funniest thing about this particular signature is that by the time you realise it doesn't say anything, it's too late to stop reading it.
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Originally posted by SkyDancer SkyDancer wrote:

I think retirement beckons for Slowpoke

I’m sure Patrick & Dummy will assess & make the best call.

His 3 flat runs this time in were great, so thought he’d be in for a super prep over the jumps.

He is lightly raced & only a 9yo, so if there is a little niggle he can spell and be back next year.
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Ventura Storm down to debut at Ballarat improve

Surprised to see Slowpoke Rodriguez going around again... he has had enough. Hopefully the Stewards step in and stop it before he ends up as a statistic 
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Meant to say Ventura Storm, should improve with racing.
Trials have been okay, looks as though he will benefit from the experience 
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Ventura Storm could be competing for a Grand National Hurdle for new owners in just six weeks with confirmation the import is to be offered for sale online by William Inglis from this Friday.

Off the back of a European Group 1 win as a younger horse and a Moonee Valley Cup win in 2018, Ventura Storm was sent out a $1.70 favourite at his jumping debut at Ballarat on Tuesday and despite laboring in the Heavy 10 ground, he proved too classy.

The effort prompted his rider Tom Ryan to claim Ventura Storm might be capable of going from his hurdling debut to a Grand National in the space of six weeks.

"There's a bright future for him," the rider said on Wednesday. "To be honest with you, off a light weight, he might be a Grand National Hurdle horse, even this year.

"It's a big ask for a novice but he jumps very well - he jumps like a handicapper - and you generally get better ground at Sandown because he did not like that going on Tuesday at all."


The Inglis online bloodstock sale takes place from June 19 to June 24, with nominations closing at midnight on Wednesday.

The mixed sale features thoroughbred bloodstock of all shapes and sizes with the likes of Group 3-placed two-year-old filly Jemss and the lightly raced gelding Deep Space among the main attractions from the early nominations.

It is likely six-time Melbourne Cup-winning owner Lloyd Williams will also sell a handful of horses at the auction.

Ryan, who is among the state's leading jumps riders, may have been involved with the sale of Ventura Storm if not for the pandemic, as he was part of the workforce at Inglis Digital before being laid off.

The $250,000 Grand National Hurdle (4200m) will be run at Sandown on August 2.


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Two Rivers Steeplechase day at Casterton today.

A couple in the maiden hurdle that i like:

R1 - Tony Two Chips : 8yo by Raise the Flag, who’s even progeny excel over the jumps......plus I like the name :)

R2 - Steam Roller : 4yo by Americain who was working into the race nicely last time before tripping up.  I’ll give him another chance today.

As for the feature race, Shamal looks good despite the 74kg burden & I’m sure he’d have tackled live hedges back in NZ
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Why is an all jumps meeting given a Saturday timeslot?

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Originally posted by SkyDancer SkyDancer wrote:

Why is an all jumps meeting given a Saturday timeslot?

Strange question SD.  Why not?

The early part of the Caulfield card today was very lacklustre, so it was great to have Casterton to bet on.

I had a nice collect on Shamal, couldn’t believe he wasn’t favourite! And great to see a son of Zabeel winning in Aust.

Tony Two Chips put in a tidy debut running 3rd & follow him as there will definately be a maiden hurdle around for him at his next few starts.
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Little to no coverage between races, on an already very cluttered Saturdays schedule. Thought the jumps would’ve been better programmed on a Sunday as per usual. That’s just my thoughts though.
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You could both be right.  Quite clearly race meetings are allocated to racing clubs long before programming of the subsequent cards. 

It's unlikely clubs like Casterton could, or even would, attempt to influence RVL about a day here or there.  Particularly given they only have just four meetings per year and would be at pains to ensure that number continues into the future.

ps if you're into jumping races, Western District clubs like Warrnambool, Casterton and Hamilton etc should be congratulated for continuing to wave the flag. 
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The Hotz Jumped the ninth obstacle awkwardly. Made a faulty jump at the last obstacle and fell. The Hotz sustained a serious racing injury and was unable to be saved by veterinary staff after falling. This incident will be referred to the Equine Welfare and Veterinary Department and the Jumps Review Panel
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after the 2016 season he had  near two year spell, raced 5 times, had another two year spell, came back in April, changed trainer to Musgrove and died in his first start for the trainer, and first jumps race in two years.

Thats just sad.
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I remember him from when he was at Moroneys , would be about 6 years ago now. Was a lovely horse, sad to see him go out like that.
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R2 - Hierarchical : super consistent & deserves to break through 

R4 - Killarney Kid : first hurdle run this year but 2 flat runs were very, very good in open Saturday metro races.

R5 - Flying Agent : by Raise the Flag & loves the mud. Should win comfortably over a mediocre lot.

R6 - Bit of a Lad : goes well over this course & another who loves the heavy conditions
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Flying Agent is a smart jumper, just like his older brother - Spying on You
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Three out of 4 ain't bad.  Thumbs Up
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Geez that chaser Bit of a lad is a tough horse!  Seems to run honestly in all the feature jumps races every year for the past few years.
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Well placed by Maher/Eustace, doesn’t over race him.
He’s the perfect jumps horse 
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Originally posted by SkyDancer SkyDancer wrote:

Flying Agent is a smart jumper, just like his older brother - Spying on You
He sure is SD.  

Spying on You is by Yamanin Vital & Flying Agent by Raise The Flag.  Both stallions from White Robe Lodge.

Fair to say that that baton of champion jumps sire has been passed from Yamanin Vital to Raise the Flag.
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Belated start to the NZ jumps racing season today with 3 hurdle races & a Steeplechase.

The most fascinating runner is the reigning Victorian GN Hurdle/Steeple winner resuming - Tallyho Twinkletoe.

He goes around in a 2400m hurdle at 8.49am Aust time.  Interesting they’ve chosen the 2400m hurdle rather than the 3000m event.   A good performance will see him on the plane to Victoria to defend his titles.
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