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05 April 2002

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OUT WITH THE GG's
Hello, I'm Gary Christie and I'm a horseracing expert who will be hopefully supplying the people of Southport and beyond first class information about the sport on a periodical basis to keep you ahead of the bookmakers.

Please feel free to e-mail me at gg@southportreporter.com to ask any questions about the sport, or if you would like to raise a subject on horseracing that you would like me to comment on. I hope you will find my page useful, whether you are a gambler or just an interested onlooker.
See here for my latest contribution.....
 
PIKE NO FISH OUT OF WATER?!?
 
The marathon of sporting braveness that is the Grand National is upon us again, and there were a record number of 71 entries left in at the five-day declaration stage. Only 40 can line-up on Saturday, and there are a number of fancied entries not certain to make the cut, including the Ian Balding-trained Moor Lane. The Great Yorkshire Chase winner still needs another six horses to drop out if he is to take his chance and give his many backers a run. One who is even less likely to get a run at Aintree is the Ginger McCain runner Amberleigh House, who needs eight to drop out if his trainer is to have a chance of winning the National for the fourth time, the other three wins coming courtesy of the wonderful Red Rum.

Best then to concentrate on the horses who are guarenteed to run if allowed by their connections, and the Ferdy Murphy-trained ten-year-old Paris Pike must surely come with an outstanding chance. This Satco gelding won the 2000 Scottish Grand National as a novice when in sparkling form, scoring by three lengths from Noble Lord. He had last season off before returning at Kelso last December, and although his recent form may not look too special at first glance, he did show signs of returning to form when last of six finishers in the Aon Chase at Newbury behind Bacchanal in February. That was over an inadequate three miles, and now this horse is of the right sort of age to win a National, his stamina is proven and I'm sure his team will have him spot-on for this.

Other horses to note in the race include former Whitbread Gold Cup winner Beau, who was well fancied for this last year, Ad Hoc, who has the assistance of top Irish jockey Paul Carberry and was third to the Carberry-ridden Frenchmans Creek at Cheltenham, and also Irish trained fancy David's Lad, winner of last years Irish Grand National and runner-up to Royal Auclair in the Cathcart at the Cheltenham Festival.

On the same card of course is the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle, where I would like to see the Nicky Henderson-trained Geos turn the tables on Champion Hurdle winner Hors La Loi III. Geos was actually fourth at the festival, but I think he can improve over this trip. Another with a squeak is Huey Morrison's Marble Arch, who has improved hand over fist this season, and could also improve past Hors La Loi III if getting the trip.
 
Meanwhile on the flat, there is a special £50,000 trial race at Lingfield on their all-weather surface this Saturday, where Aiden O'Brien's brilliant undefeated Breeders Cup winner Johannesburg could line-up in preparation for a tilt at the Kentucky Derby in May. If he is allowed to stand his ground, he should take the world of beating.
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WARNING FIRE!
Rangers have asked us to ask all our readers to not to use barbeques on the beach.  Please remember that all barbeques should be kept on the flat and not back in the dunes, where the sand can conduct the heat back to roots and plants and start fires.  Also the dunes are a nature reserve as there are some endangered species living there and a fire could wipe out our population.  It also damages the constructions on the dunes that allow the public access and views of the beach.   The sand also stays very hot well after the fire and can injurer children and adults a like who walk on the sand, especially if it looks like their was no fire on it when BBQ Trays have been used. 
Taken down the Formby Point Observation Platform after it had been severely damaged beyond repair this week.
This is the remains of what was Formby Point Observation Platform that was burned down this week after a BBQ went out of control.
Article by Eric.
Spelunking?

Formby roads, what can we sa
y about them, well we could say they are very nice, but we would be lying, they are atrocious. As you can see from the photos they are big and in some cases deep, this means that vehicles regularly using these roads are going to suffer from wear and tear and require much more maintenance than a car used in Southport, where most of the roads and certainly the main roads are in a better state of repair.

The council are always very eager to cripple drivers with parking tickets and the like, but where is the money going, well it goes to Bootle and then we have to ask for our money back to repair the roads. I remember when they re-tarmaced Lord Street in Southport, that the council had to practically beg for the money to do it, because Bootle decided that the Red Tarmac was too expensive. Lord Street has always had a red tarmac road, so what's going to happen here are we going to have to beg to get the money to do the roads in Formby? Are we going to have to wait till year end next year and hope that Bootle needs to get rid of loads of it's budget to do the roads up.
As a side note whilst Patrick was taking the photo's, several drivers saw him and said that it was about time that someone did something about the state of the roads and they hoped to see the article soon, well here it is, comments welcome in the chat forums. One local shop said "It is incredibly unsafe for dives and pedestrians alike. We have to repair all the roads in Sefton as cobbles would be lighter on the tiers!"
 
 
"Even the car parks a a holly mess" A delivery man said pointing to the pot hole above!