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- 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
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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- 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
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
- 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.
Formby roads, what can we say 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!