Non-Smoking Man

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  1. Got a shot of the back of this Whest, Chris? (Balanced outs?) Jack NSM
  2. Schitt equipment changes hands for closer to the list price than any other equipment I can think of (because its very good value new despite it being an import and supply is short). I bought a Saga pre amp NEW , which was a first for me, for £350, after reading a HFW review of it with a MFA passive pre as the reference. Hifinut is a convert too, this is well known, and he mentions something of additional use on this amp - the balanced option. This Vidar occupies a similar place in the market to the Monarchy Audio DM70 and 100SE: its a stand alone stereo or can be doubled up as a pair. There is a useful balanced option. Both the Monarchy and the Schitt are imports that offer vfm. There is someone on here who is put off by the name - that's a schame. Jack
  3. As my system has improved i have become more and more dissatisfied with compressed rock music. Its not the musicians at fault its the engineers. I see them proudly sitting alongside an ocean liner of a mixer in those 'how album A was made' documentaries thinking they are the bees knees. Its always been jazz, blues and soul with me, but rock has receded. Ive spent some time assembling a respectable mono front end - Garrard 401/12" unipivot (Temaard) and a mono'd Decca Gold - in the interests of doing justice to older music when the recording process was simpler. Same genres in general, but I'm hankering after getting some mono rock'n roll singles to see what they can sound like. Jack NSM PS I think it IS a good question - 'has hifi influenced your musical taste?'
  4. Quite pleased with my Goodwood Festival performance (an improvement over my Royal Ascot showing). I thought there were some shrewd moves. One of which was the Nahaarr place lay. That would have been an even bigger profit had my interconnection not failed for 2-3 hours (preventing me from seeing the prices and having a bet on Betfair) because Nahaarr went off at 3/1, one point less than I had laid it. (I am in the habit of topping up in such circumstances). I blame the FA Cup - I think pressure on the supply weakened the signal. This happened once before when a big sporting event was on. I had to laugh at Mick Fitzgerald who, when asked by 'lazy eye' Olly Bell whether 'Nahaarr was a Group horse running in a handicap', he answered in the affirmative, quoting the ease of his latest victory. That's another ex jockey given a job as an analyst and tipster to which they are unsuited. Form analysis is the interpretation of a text - what is easy on the eye can look completely different on the page of the Official Formbook. Scanning Oddschecker for upcoming antepost opportunities, I came across the Nunthorpe betting. Saw Glass Slippers had shortened to 16s after the smart Goodwood second, and suddenly remembered I had had a fiver at a huge price for the Nunthorpe in anticipation of a good run last week. Sure enough I have £5 @ an average of 35. Its possible the ground could come up soft at York for the Nunthorpe, conditions under which Glass Slippers won the Abbaye with Bataash unplaced. I doubt whether they would run the 'Batmobile' (ugh!) in very soft and GS would be a 4/1 shot. Pity the pilot attendance scheme on the Saturday was squashed by the govt. The Clerk of the course and his staff were very disappointed. Jack
  5. 'Each to their own and diets may work for some..' (Headcoat above) If you cast your eyes back through the thread Headcoat (sorry I dont know your first name) this thread was started by me in response to a Horizon scientific study where the Subject, a Horizon PhD., put himself through a number of fasting diet routines at various American universities to see if he (and therefore others) could hack it through a fasting diet. Whilst doing so he and the researchers explained to we viewers the science behind it. The findings were that fasting diets were shown to be universally beneficial to all. Scientific findings are universal truths. So I reject your view I have quoted above. I dont reject your view on the value of exercise though. I have been jiving the last twenty years and have put weight on in the lockdown and when I was out through injury to my achilles. I promised to keep everyone up to date re my fasting diet and the somewhat disappointing news is I have only lost 2lbs this month, following a loss of 7lbs in each of the first two. This despite no real change in what I eat and when I eat. Also my exercise regime has remained the same - one good walk (25mins) a day. Jack NSM
  6. The closing race @ Goodwood looks reasonably inviting. Its 9 furlongs, the Cambridgeshire trip. You're Hired finished 11th out of 30 in that last year (Lord North won it). He won an egg and spoon race by a street this season (I was on) and as a result has gone up 7lbs. But that wont stop him taking his apprentice into the firing line in this 0-95. I dont see why he shouldnt handle the track and going and is value at the current 19 on Betfair. Amanda Perrett (nee Harwood) could end up having a good day with her 2 vererans (she also trains Open Wide). In the same apprentice finale Ive laid Streak Lightning for a place. I dont rate the form. I'll be watching this race to spot future riding talent. C. Fallon is probably 3 lbs ahead of his rivals but that's reflected in his mount's price here. Jack
  7. GOODWOOD day 5 (Sat) The card looks a minefield apart from the Group 2Lilly Langtry and that's a staying race so not an area of expertise. I couldnt be confident about a win bet in either the Stewards Cup, nor the earlier consolation race, but good advice is to watch the first of them for draw bias and bet accordingly on the later race. But you will have to be pushing buttons before the finishing line as there are no flies on the inrunning betters who would have boxes at the track under normal conditions. (I wonder what they are doing at the moment to get that edge?.)Last year low numbers were favoured to the tune of 2L. I found a bet however in the Stewards cup proper - I have laid the jolly Nahaarr. (I will take my chances on any draw bias.) I got an average of 2.26 to £16 overnight. Its now 2.32. Its last run doesnt stand close inspection imo - its largely untested (the only horse to run out of it is Recon Mission who finished 11th in a similar race; the second Watan was making its seasonal reappearance and its form last year was nothing special (a bit dark perhaps), and the 5th, Dazzling dan, was only 16th in the Wokingham on its previous outing. Its also possible Watan could improve past it taking one of the 4 places. Further, Nahaarr, had only come out of the Silver Wokingham, the lesser race where it was a decent 3rd but only a 0-96 and now finds itself favourite for the Stewards Cup, a 0-108. Although woefully out of form this season, Open Wide goes well at Goodwood and is well suited to this race - he was runner up last season. It wouldnt be the greatest surprise to see him place. He wont be sighted until late. I think Quick Look has been 'readied' for the 5 30 at Hamilton. Ive bet this the last twice and I dont think they were 'busy'. It will like the going and it is a weak race. I took the 14/1 overnight with Bet365 and they now go 11 so the money's down. Jack
  8. Thursday on time :The Goodwood turf dried out by 1.5 seconds per mile from Wednesday according to my figures. The Clerk of the course was interviewed on Racing TV on Wednesday and he said the plan was to water overnight on the bend and on the round course and not the straight. This is interesting information for clockwatchers such as myself because at the end of the day if we dont assess the going correctly (the 'track variant' in American terminology) we dont get our figures right. (I make a note in my form book where clerks get it wrong - 'unreliable clerk'. They want the trainers to bring their horses to the track and they cant afford to scare them off with 'heavy' or 'firm'. So we cant rely on them.) So the round course was riding slower than the straight. Amidst all the shouting going on about Battaash breaking his own track record on undoubtedly FIRM ground, Cepheus's time in the first race was notable in getting within .2 second per mile adjusted of Battaash adjusted figure over the 1m 3f 44x round course on slower ground. The second horse - Moomba - is the one to put in the notebook. Jack NSM
  9. RESULT Urban Icon is a heartbreaking runner up in the Golden Mile. I had it to win over £100 at 15 and just after the off dropped another £2 on it @21 in running when I quickly saw it drop in nicely and nicely settled. Cat's out of the bag now, damnit! Battaash scoots home on firm ground in course record time (engineered by management who only watered the round course) followed by Glass Slippers who ran a blinder imo. Liberty beach wasnt up to it so I made a few squids laying her for a place. Good race to watch. What a good trainer of sprinters is Charles Hills! (Muhaarer trained by him won me a monkey in the first Commonwealth Cup.) Jack
  10. The 2 45 is an interesting, high class and competetitive 1 mile handicap on the turn. It will be an exciting watch - and there will be trouble! Mychoice is a top weight with a touch of class - much the same formula that found 2 long priced placed horses in the 1.5m handicap yesterday. This time my selection is Urban Icon from the inform Richard Hannon team. 5th in the Summer Mile (GP2) to the Group 1 Goodwood winner of the Sussex Stakes, Mohaather, will do for me and the time was good too. I took a double figure price last night. Needs some luck in running and the course is an unknown for it. J
  11. There is a 7F Fillies and mares Group 3 on the card - the Oak Tree Stakes. One Master has the highest official rating derived from its annual visit to beat the french in their own backyard in the Prix De Foret. She will go there all guns blazing again this Autumn. She seems to be well suited to the conditions and the track over there, but less so here. Indeed I backed her at Newmarket where the french jockey kept her covered up until the slowly run affair was nearly over, finishing 4th. Nazeef won that Group 1 (Falmouth Stakes) but was trounced yesterday by the progressive Fancy Blue and the 5th Agincourt was only 10th n.t.o. So there has to a doubt whether the prime One Master is going to show us her best, and that doubt wasnt dispelled by Mrs Haggas, the assistant trainer in an interview at the racecourse yesterday. Obviously she is 'trying' but will the track and going play to her strengths? Perhaps not. I'm opting for a lady at a massive price who has shown herself in this class last year by placing in Group company - Shadn. Just had the one introductory run in the Commonwealth Cup and I'm hoping that has put her right for today - Andrew Balding trains. Jack
  12. GOODWOOD Day 4 The King George Qatar Stakes is a 5f Group 2 'dash' and is the highlight of the day with the flying Battaash coming here following an impressive Group 1 victory at Royal Ascot. Cant lose, right? Yes and no - he has beaten this opposition out of sight in the past ('yes'), but the Kings Stand form has not stood up ('no'). The second Equilateral was only 9th n.t.o., Tis Marvellous was 4th and then 7th (I backed it!), and the 6th, Shades Of Blue ( a mare Ive been following over a cliff) only 4th in a winnable Fillies-only Group 3. Liberty Beach was 3rd in the Kings Stand and followed up with a 2nd to Al Ali in a lesser race. She will be suited to this track as she has speed to burn. But the snag with her is she takes a keen hold and there are only 7 runners here as opposed to 11 in each of her previous starts - meaning she will get less cover and could burn herself out and not last home. Is there a bet? Yes and no - 'yes' there is a group 1 winner in the field who has beaten Battaash - Glass Slippers; 'no' as she also got burned off by Baattash in the Kings Stand and finished 5th. (It was soft in France when GS beat Baattash in that Group 1) In her favour Glass Slippers was having her first run of the season and will strip fitter today. I doubt she can beat Battaash but Glass Slippers is 20/1 and I'm willing to bet at that price. (She was 13/2 in the Kings Stand.) My other bet is to lay Liberty Beach for a place at just over evens (7 runners), thinking that Glass Slippers will be second to Battaash in the likeliest scenario. Jack NSM
  13. RESULTS Laying Siskin proved correct on Day 2. Probably would have been fourth had Kameko got a run. That Irish Guineas is dire form. I wasnt far off with my class analysis of the 1.5m handicap either - the pair of group 2 horses finished 3rd and fourth at big prices. The Molecomb analysis proved wrong - Steel Bull looked fast. Day 3 proved profitable - I had a nice win on Fancy Blue (my antepost wager for our Oaks - didnt run). As the Tabor/Smith/Magnier axis poured money on their other mare I was getting anxious, but I continued to top up as the price on mine lengthened (got 3/1 at one point). Satisfying result. The 2 y.o lay came off as well - Teodolina finished 4th. Jack
  14. Gordon Stakes: having second thoughts about this race. Its not a lottery but a betting race. I cant have English King as favourite and I dont see why Khalifa Set cant confirm the form at a big price. Al Alaasy has to give 3lbs for winning a group 3. Mogul cant escape the shocking form with Pyledriver and was beaten by KS in the Derby. KS also has won here at Goodwood. A solid bet at 9 on betfair.