Archive | May, 2011

Time For a Punters Tariff?

5. May 2011

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Time For a Punters Tariff?

I’ve been thinking recently about the Horsemens Tariff system and been meaning to write a piece on what’s happening with that. And I will. But in the meantime I offer this. The concept is a simple one, a punters tariff. Punters will withhold their support for races which fail to measure up to certain basic [...]

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Punchestown Day One Thoughts

3. May 2011

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Punchestown Day One Thoughts

No real excuses for Sizing Europe today as far as I could see. He was unable to put his rivals to the sword and failed to drag them all out of their comfort zones. For me, this run echoed the pattern of last year where a brilliant Arkle run was followed by a less than [...]

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Why Frankel Could be a Derby Horse

2. May 2011

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Why Frankel Could be a Derby Horse

Those who immediately dismissed the Derby for Frankel as he crossed the line in the Guineas will doubtless feel vindicated. Wrongly though. Unless and until he’s tried over further we won’t know whether the Derby was a viable option or not.

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Frankel. Our Fabulous Freak

1. May 2011

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Frankel. Our Fabulous Freak

Words failed me entirely yesterday. This year’s 2000 Guineas was a freakshow. I can’t remember seeing a Classic run in that style. It was not just that Frankel was an emphatic winner, not just the manner with which his sublime stride ravished the ground. It was the re writing of normal race riding and racing [...]

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