Archive | April, 2011

Et Tu Towcester?

22. April 2011

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Towcester racecourse has apparently decided to run all its races under the rules that would normally apply to apprentice series hands and heels races. In other words, no whips. Marcus Armytage has the story in the Telegraph.
The Towcester management will be applauded in some quarters for reacting to a perceived appetite for whip free racing [...]

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Will Infamous Five Produce PJA Apology?

21. April 2011

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Will Infamous Five Produce PJA Apology?

Rumour has it that five jockeys are soon to be charged with allegations under racing’s integrity rules.
I find myself wondering what the PJA will make of this. Cast your mind back about four and a half years and you may recall John Francome brought the wrath of the Professional Jockeys Association upon his head by [...]

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What is a Racehorse?

19. April 2011

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What is a Racehorse?

A strange question? Perhaps but maybe a timely one.
I was lucky enough to be in Dubai for the World Cup this year. Halfway through the racing we paused to take in ‘The Spectacular’. Fireworks, stilt-walkers, dancers suspended above our heads and giant animatronic figures played out a giant moving tableau. The gist of the story [...]

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Where Next on the Whip?

18. April 2011

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Where Next on the Whip?

My ATR colleague John McCririck has long argued for a ban on the whip in racing. Today, a new benchmark has been reached in the debate with the Racing Post devoting a page to a well written argument from David Ashforth in favour of banning the use of the stick for all but safety/correction purposes.
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To the Power of 1

18. April 2011

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The power of 1 next to a horses name is not to be underestimated. It clearly denotes that the horse in question can win and, more importantly, won on his most recent start. There’s an example today though I think of how it can lead to simplistic judgements being made.
There’s a small field race today [...]

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No News….yet.

17. April 2011

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No News….yet.

I’m not a regular purchaser of the News of The World but made an exception today. Throughout the previous week there were rumours that the country’s best selling tabloid would be splashing news of a BHA investigation into race fixing. Estimates of the number of jockeys involved in the investigation seem to average out at [...]

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