Changes afoot ... on November 1st the name of the blog will change from Talking Horses to Horsetalk. This blog was only meant to be a stopgap until a dedicated Talking Horses site was ready. I believe that is now not far away and when it is up and running will be publicised here for those who want to visit.
We’ve had good fun in the time we’ve been running this and I want to make some changes. As from November 1st there will be a dedicated naps table thread. The daily thread you are used to, updating the Hitlist results etc, will continue and anyone who wants to post tips, NBs general chat etc can continue doing so on this thread.
But in the naps thread all you will do is post one horse a day. Results and returns will be calculated at SP for everyone, saving hassle in determining early prices, BOG etc. A quick word with Barry Orr the other day about sponsoring the naps table brought a prompt and kind response: each month Betfair will provide two raceday tickets to one of its sponsored cards for the winner of the naps table. How we decide that winner will be discussed on tomorrow’s blog. The Betfair Tingle Creek on December 3rd could be the first ticket donation from Betfair, depending on how quickly we can get wheels in motion. More about this tomorrow too.
On to yesterday’s Hitlist and that man Alan struck again with his EW nap Uther Pendragon placed at 33/1. This follows one from him I missed on Wednesday, Dragon’s Fire EW, placed at 40/1. Astounding work, Alan. Well done.
Mickle is on the list for the second time this week with his nap Norley winning at 11/8. Nice one, Mickle.
If I’ve missed anyone, please give me a shout via the Winners thread.
The blog’s nap was nowhere. Friday’s nap is The Nu Form Way in the 4.15 Newmarket at 11/4 BOG.
As ever, please leave your naps/tips by making a comment below. All welcome, especially newcomers; just enter a name when asked so we know who is who. No prizes, but it’s good fun here among some seasoned punters, most of whom spent years commenting at The Guardian on the original Talking Horses forum, which has now been heavily cut back.
If you tip a winner, please use the Winners thread to highlight your result and we’ll put you on the Hitlist next day. There is a Winners Thread for each month.
What This Blog Is For
As mentioned above this long-running Steeplechasing blog was adapted in a hurry when The Guardian announced they were cutting back on their (usually) daily Talking Horses section. Many punters had gathered there over the years to exchange ideas and fancies. Part of the adapting we had to do at the start of this blog was restricting this daily main article to tips/naps, while we found our feet regarding house rules, moderation and stuff like that.
We are now in a position to open this main daily article to all subjects. It can be very enjoyable when something is latched onto by our knowledgeable, quick-witted posters as they indulge in wordplay and jousting. We still want tips of course, from those who want to tip. It’s by no means an obligation.
If you do post a tip/nap, just include it with whatever subject you are discussing, preferably at the foot of your post. So long as you remember to come back after a winner and put the details of that win in the monthly Winners Thread, then we can include you on the Hitlist in the next day’s main article.
General guidance: No swearing, please. We’re not prudes, it’s just that there is wide scope in the swearword lexicon and we do not have moderators (and hope we’ll never need them). Also, please keep discussions on politics and religion to The Lounge section, though brief references to these subjects in the main article are not forbidden.
Thanks for looking in. If you are betting, especially if you follow our tipsters, good luck with your bets, but please bear in mind that this is meant to be ‘fun’. There are many wise heads posting tips here and we haven’t yet gone a day without somebody tipping a winner. But never bet more than you can afford to lose. Small stakes can still produce wide smiles.
All the best