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General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: May 16, 2019, 08:32:58 PM »
Gigginstown to scale down operations over the next 4-5 years. Didn't see that coming.

A dark day for national hunt breeders across the country. The market for stores should normalise in the next few years. They have been going for insane money recently.

For the very casual racing fan, what are "stores"

A store is a horse bred specifically for jumping.

Eddie O'Leary tended to avoid buying horses who had been bred for or had ran previously on the flat. Tiger Roll ironically would be an exception to that. John Ferguson paid £70k for him as a foal for Godolphin but he never made the track and was sold to Nigel Hawke for £10k as a 3yo. He won a juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen on debut before moving to Elliott.

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General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: May 15, 2019, 06:18:35 PM »
Gigginstown to scale down operations over the next 4-5 years. Didn't see that coming.

A dark day for national hunt breeders across the country. The market for stores should normalise in the next few years. They have been going for insane money recently.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« on: May 15, 2019, 05:19:30 PM »
Less than 4k at Kildare v Wicklow. Leinster Championship has died a slow painful death. That they charged Ä25 for a seat shows how disenfranchised it has all become. Ä10 to watch Kildare's Minor B team play Kilkenny.....people are voting with their feet.

Ä3 for a programme that was a combined programme for three seperate games at three seperate venues across two days. Comhairle Laighean are a joke.

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We are fighting light with missing/suspended players so I cannot see us pulling off a win here.

Ditto.

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General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 07:41:51 PM »
The most complete national hunt jockey we are ever likely to see. His big race haul is unlikely to be surpassed for a long time.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Players dropping out for Championship
« on: April 23, 2019, 01:15:58 PM »
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Kildare

Dan Flynn still out
Niall Kelly back from his traveling still not confirmed he will be back
Aaron Masterson has dropped out
James Murray has dropped out

Masterson was last years All-Ireland u20 winning captain.  We don't have the depth to lose Dan Flynn, in my opinion the best full forward in the country last year, Niall Kelly and Masterson, one of the best young midfielders in the country.

I don't blame them, zero craic playing inter-county football.

Is it true that O'Neill is stopping county players from playing with their clubs?

Not the case going on the local papers.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: January 26, 2019, 02:18:18 PM »
If Jamie Clarke, Brendan Donaghy, Aidan Forker and Mark Shields are all out Armagh are less likely to cause upset victory this weekend.

Not sure it would be much of an uspet. Five of the six Kildare forwards were not on the panel last summer and Slattery did not start a game. Very inexperienced full back line named. Would expect Kildare to get better as the league goes on and we get players back.

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General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:50:58 AM »
RTE have agreed to increase their racing coverage recently. They showed the Hattons Grace at Fairyhouse last month for the first time in years and are showing the Thyestes in a few weeks.

The only positive outcome of the RUK deal for the ordinary viewer was HD output although that now is a moot point because Sky Sports are broadcasting the old ATR in HD. On days when there are multiple meetings Irish racing will not be prioritised like it was on ATR. ATR had none of the premier English tracks so it was only natural that they gave Irish racing their full attention. RUK do not have that luxury with the number of tracks they possess and our meetings will be shunted onto their online platform on big days - the last at Tramore on Tuesday was not broadcast live.

The Morgiana at Punchestown will clash with the Open Meeting at Cheltenham. Stephen's Day at Leopardstown and Limerick with Kempton. The Irish Champion Hurdle with the Scilly Isles at Sandown. The Ballysax at Leopardstown frequently clashes with the Aintree National. The Punchestown Festival will often clash with the Whitbred at Sandown and some years with the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Galway will clash with Goodwood etc. Irish punters will lose out on those days.

For the wider industry, this deal is not as significant as it seems at the moment. The money keeping our rural tracks afloat is from the pictures being supplied to betting shops across the UK and at home. However a large percentage of shops are probably facing an uncertain future with the restrictions on FOBTs in the UK and here with the doubling of betting tax from this month. If that income stream dries up, there will be plenty of tracks in trouble.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:24:00 PM »
Niall Kelly has gone but there's a good chance Dan Flynn will be around for a while yet.
Feck, hadn't heard about Kelly. Just giving it up or is he leaving the country?

Back for the championship, 6 months traveling. A deserved break for Niall.

Agreed. After a poorish 18 months for a player of his ability he was beginning to hit form during the Super 8s and he was very good in the club championship. Break should do him good. His absence will give plenty of opportunities for the likes of McCormack and Hyland to step up.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: November 28, 2018, 05:18:35 PM »
Niall Kelly has gone but there's a good chance Dan Flynn will be around for a while yet.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: November 23, 2018, 06:36:29 PM »
Could potentially see Kildare trying to blood at least 1/3 of the 2018 u20s. Jimmy Hyland should feature prominently and can see Aaron O'Neill, Mark Dempsey, Ruadhan ” GiollŠin and Aaron Masterson getting games. Given the likely level of experimentation I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up mid-table.

Mick O'Grady likely to prove the most difficult of our absentees to replace. He developed into a pivotal player for us in the last year or two. It's a double whammy because it probably stops us from freeing up David Hyland to a more attacking role. Have to hope that Peter Kelly stays injury free and Dempsey develops.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:43:50 PM »
I honestly donít know but few other other sports define nationality so loosely. Cricket possibly.

Personally I donít think Aki, Stander or Van der Flier should be playing in a green jersey. They arenít Irish and have no bloodline connection with the country. Other than being bought by a provincial side to make a living here, they would be lining out for their own countries.

However those are the rules even if I strongly disagree with them.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare GAA to move house..
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:37:16 PM »
Disappointing that Mick O'Grady and Johnny Byrne are opting out this year along with Daniel Flynn being doubtful (not that any individual should be criticised for giving something more important in their life some priority!)

I presume O'Grady and Byrne would both be regarded as big losses by Kildare lads?

Going to be difficult to continue to progress if losing players.

O'Grady will be a loss. He has developed into a fine full back. Mark Dempsey should come through although it's a big step into the senior ranks.

Byrne finished the year strongly but it's an area where we should have enough options. James Murray, Ruadhan O Giollain and Shea Ryan have the potential to make an impact like Kevin Flynn did this year.

Flynn opting out would be a blow. The consolation would be it would allow us to move Brophy back to the full forward line where he is more at home.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2018
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:19:34 PM »
Didn't think Doyle was the best Kildare defender on show this year. Maybe I didn't see enough of them, but I would have chosen Peter Kelly.

I would have said Kevin Flynn but he's probably not a big enough 'name' yet. On Peter Kelly, it's long odds on that he will remain the only current player in Leinster outside of Dublin with an All Star to his name.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare GAA to move house..
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:52:36 PM »
Pitman-Moore Park.

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