Archive | July, 2010

Racing’s Premier Folly

23. July 2010

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An interesting piece in the Guardian by the excellent Greg Wood suggests that an elite group of British racecourses are keen to pool their high profile meetings and sell them as a package to the highest TV bidder. The comparison made, as is so often the case, is with the ‘Premierisation’ that we’ve seen in [...]

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A Pause for Thought After Findlay Appeal

15. July 2010

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Ever since Harry Findlay was initially disqualified from racing for 6 months by a BHA Disciplinary Panel the debate that has raged has been colourful, passionate and at times not altogether rational.
Now that an Appeal Board has rescinded the initial ban and replaced it with a £4,500 fine, on top of the month of disqualification already [...]

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Interfering on Interference

13. July 2010

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There’s been a good deal of heat generated recently on the topic of jockeys getting suspensions for infringements of the rules on interference. Richard Hughes has taken a week off in order to avoid picking up further days prior to Goodwood. Trainer Richard Hannon has supported Hughes’ logic claiming that stewards are too ‘fierce’ and [...]

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Phil Mickelson Interview

7. July 2010

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I was lucky enough to interview Phil Mickelson live on ATR today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only was he a real gent to chat to he gave some pretty interesting insights too. My thanks to my ATR colleague Dave Duggan for organising the interview which came via the good offices of well known racehorse [...]

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Betfair versus BHA, The Gloves Are Off!

7. July 2010

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Betfair versus BHA, The Gloves Are Off!

Betfair, it seems, has lost patience with the BHA’s continued insistence that the way in which exchanges tax and levy contributions are calculated is unfair. The BHA recently announced a further consultation on this issue and Betfair has now responded by ‘redirecting’ £1 million of the money that had been allocated as part of what [...]

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A Watering Wager

1. July 2010

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I’m no tipster but I’ve got a good thing for today. Somwhere, sometime it’s going to rain. The long hot dry spell that has seen barely a cloud in the sky for weeks will come to an end and precipitation will occur. Not such a bold prediction I know but I’m willing to go further. [...]

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