Successful formula endures but punters may not agree; RACING BOOKS.Byline: Daniel Hill Daniel Hill can refer to:
Chasers & Hurdlers 2006/07 (pounds 70, published by Timeform - timeform.com)
THE Chasers & Hurdlers annuals, together with their Flat counterpart Racehorses, have certainly stood the test of time. The first Racehorses annual appeared in 1948, while the first Chasers & Hurdlers was published in 1976, and covered the 1975/76 jumps season.
It's quite extraordinary that very little of the characteristics of the annuals has changed. They have always been expensive - often considered by many to be money well spent, because each and every horse who ran in the previous jumps season is covered, the better horses deserving of an extended essay - and they've always been written in Timeform's unique way. This impartial, unemotional style is often at odds with modern-day racing writers, so those yearning for sentimentality are going to be disappointed.
The extended essays always throw up some interesting topics, and when Timeform feel the need to vent their displeasure over something, they rarely mince their words.
The essay on Amaretto am·a·ret·to
n. pl. am·a·ret·tos
An Italian liqueur flavored with almond.
[Italian, diminutive of amaro, bitter, from Latin am Rose focuses on the ongoing problem with regard to inaccurate going reports, highlighting the fact that race times on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival The Cheltenham Festival is the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar in the United Kingdom and has race prize money second only to the Grand National. suggested the ground was good to soft, rather than the official 'soft, good to soft in places'. Timeform conclude that "the need for accurate going descriptions really should be afforded greater importance by racing's officials". In light of the overwatering Overwatering is the act of giving a plant too much water. Overwatering occurs when a plant is watered often without allowing the soil to dry first. Many houseplant owners do this because they want to do something good for their plants. They think that they are being helpful. fiascos at Haydock and Chester on the Flat recently, one would find it hard to disagree with Verb 1. disagree with - not be very easily digestible; "Spicy food disagrees with some people"
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back" this conclusion.
Haydock comes in for some stick in the essay on Heltornic, the last big-race winner over the course's famous drop fences, which have now been replaced by portable ones. The course's decision to change the nature of its steeplechase steeplechase
Either of two distinct sporting events: (1) a horse race over a closed course with obstacles, including hedges and walls; or (2) a footrace of 3,000 m over hurdles and a water jump. course, reduce the number of jumps fixtures and expand its Flat programme to cater for the champagne-sipping racegoer, has not gone down well with the Halifax scribes, the writer of Heltornic's essay stating that "things have reached a pretty pass when the drinking habits of racegoers carry more weight in shaping a course's fixture list than the quality and heritage of its steeplechase course".
The senior jumps handicapper hand·i·cap·per
n. Sports & Games
1. One who assigns handicaps.
2. One who predicts the winners in a horserace, especially one who publishes such predictions as a guide for bettors.
Noun 1. is taken to task for some comments he made upon publication of the weights for the Cheltenham Festival handicaps in the essay on Joes Edge, while New Little Bric's extended piece touches on fixtures that were allowed to go ahead on what looked like waterlogged wa·ter·logged
1. Nautical Heavy and sluggish in the water because of flooding, as in the hold: a waterlogged ship.
The best essays are ones where Timeform offer an opinion.
Unfortunately, they don't stick their neck out enough of the time.
Timeform's private handicap ratings are a good guide to the merits of each horse (Kauto Star Kauto Star (born 19th March 2000) is a French bred National Hunt racehorse, who is currently trained by Paul Nicholls in England.
After a successful beginning to his jumping career in France, Kauto Star (pronounced "Kor-toe") has had an extremely successful career in England. is the best staying chaser since Desert Orchid Desert Orchid (April 11 1979 – November 13 2006), affectionately known as Dessie, was an English racehorse. The gallant grey achieved iconic status within National Hunt racing, where he was much loved by supporters for his ), but it would still have been nice to see them offer some ante-post advice for the coming season.
That said, you can't fault their thoroughness - the essay on Silver Birch is 13 pages long and covers everything you need to know about last season's Grand National, together with a look back at Foinavon's 1967 National.
Regular subscribers to the annuals will probably be happy enough with what they're getting - basically more of the same. But those wanting betting advice for the coming season will be better off siding with a collection of the far cheaper products on the market.
Heltornic's victory over the drop fences at Haydock gave Timeform an opportunity to vilify the track's recent adoption of portable obstacles