Gaz kept us afloat on Tuesday - well done. If I've left anyone out, I apologise; please leave a message on this thread and I'll update.
Aztec empire won 11/10
What has happened to Charlotte Jones - her horse being disqualified for a whip-rule breach eight days after coming second in a lowly Ayr bumper - could very well happen in a Grade 1 championship race at Cheltenham. A week after the race and everyone has long packed up and gone home a whip review could disqualify the winner or a placed horse. Not only will they have to retrospectively amend the form book but trophies will have to be handed back, prize money redirected. And winning bets? As Richard Forristal says, it will be carnage. And all this to placate the anti-racing lobby? It's a funny way of going about it.
Julie Harrington on the new whip rules: “we know the final stages of the Gold Cup will be shown on news programmes and that means this is an opportunity to make the sport look better.”
Better than what? Than it used to be? Better than it is in other countries? Better than other sports? It's a philosophically meaningless aspiration.
Shouldn't she be looking for every opportunity to make the sport better rather than simply to look better? To make improvements in its fundamentals, to tackle the many problems it faces, to make practical changes not airy-fairy, aspirational virtue-signalling a key plank of her remit. She now says the whip has moved on from being a welfare issue to one of "perception", meaning that all they are are worried about is how the sport looks to the general public, many of whom frankly couldn't give a damn either way.
Rochestown won the 16.00 at Punchestown at 4/1.
4/1 seems my lucky odds this week.
Badri won 5/1
19 Jockeys banned after the whip review body decisions.
Great King in the 19:20 at Tampa Bay Downs. Also tipped by Tom Collins, Sky Sports Racing's US Analyst. Not sure if that helps or not.
Donny 1425 Column of Fire
Young Butler is one digit short of achieving form figures of BURP. Anyone know if this has ever been achieved?
Click And Collect Doncaster 16.10 EW nap.
Not collecting much at minute but i continue to click my picks in with hope. March will be different, focus and discipline will be order of the day.
Grizzly James - 16.52 Ludlow
19.30 Kempton Aztec Empire
3,20 Newcastle - Lord Riddiford (each way)
Badri 15:20 New’C Nap
I am Fortunata. Punchestown 1.05.
18 days ban for young Lorcan Williamsu under these new stupid whip rules brought in to pander to people who have never been near a horse ,let alone ridden one . Public perception ? Cobblers
Pockley - 15.20 Newcastle
Method Madness 3.10Ludlow is todays nap,well done yesterday Gaz.