April 18, 2012 at 20:25 #21573Eclipse FirstMember
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This revolves around the fitness of Twice Over. His record first time out is not inspiring and the distance is not to his advantage either. However he escapes a penalty and actually receives 5lbs from his nearest (Official Ratings) rival Ransom Note. Carrying a penalty in this race has never been easy so as much I love a course specialist, I cannot see him being quite up to conceding the weight.
I suspect Beatrice Aurora may well be on her travels after this but if she has been primed for this I think she can give Twice Over most to think about and at 13s on Betfair she represents a sporting investment.April 19, 2012 at 00:05 #401358
I can’t see anything beating Twice Over and even if he comes home at even money or less, he will be greeted as a champion returning in the winners enclosure, a real favourite at Newmarket and I wish him well.Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...April 19, 2012 at 17:51 #401429
No champion greeting today.He never was one anyhow.April 20, 2012 at 23:39 #401603
No champion greeting today.He never was one anyhow.
I think that’s an unfair statement for a horse that has won
the Champion Stakes in 2009 and 2010, the Juddmonte and the Eclipse.
Twice Over is a much loved and respected horse especially at Newmarket his local course.
He put up a brave display yesterday for his first appearance of the season and was edged out on the line by Questioning veering across the course just before the winning post to win by a head.
A Stewards Enquiry was immediatley called and this is a copy of their ruling:
The Stewards held an enquiry under Rule (B)11.6 into possible interference shortly before the line. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that the winner, QUESTIONING (IRE), ridden by William Buick, had interfered with TWICE OVER, placed second, ridden by Tom Queally, and that the interference had not improved QUESTIONING (IRE)’s placing. They ordered the placings to remain unaltered. The Stewards found Buick in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he allowed his mount to drift to the right, without taking corrective action. They cautioned him as to his future conduct in races.
Terrible riding by Buick, shame he couldn’t keep his mount straight but kept the race all the same.
Twice Over definitely looked in need of the race so will do better next time.Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...April 21, 2012 at 07:55 #401621Eclipse FirstMember
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It was hardly a great ride by Mr Queally either.
Twice Over’s best performance was his second Champion Stakes win. Rip van Winkle’s defeat of him at York was made him the "Champion" older 10f horse in Europe that season so technically Andy has a point, even if his manner was less than gracious.April 22, 2012 at 06:56 #401725
Pardon my manners but I was hooked by the presumptions.What can be said gratuitously can be denied in like manner.April 22, 2012 at 12:41 #401771
Looking at that race again on Sporting Life videoform it would seem that you were spot on Eclipse about the fitness of Twice Over first time out as he struggled up the hill and that is where Questioning tapped him for toe.
We were watching the race on the day from the lower stands looking up the racecourse bang on the winning post where we just saw the two horses flash past and Questioning had obviously got it. It’s not a good angle to see the last seconds of the race where the incident took place.
Hope you got a good price about Beatrice Aurora.
Good call on both counts on that race.
Andyod, no offence taken, we’re talking horses here and one of my old favourites so he’s always a champ in my books and of course, your entiled to your opinon.
Good luck for the Guineas.Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out...April 26, 2012 at 05:18 #402174
Sometimes I respond from the dark side.I feel like a jilted lover recently. I used to so admire Ballydoyle and now I cannot stand seeing young Joseph messing with so many wonderful horses.I know he cannot replace Kinane,Fallon, Spencer,or Murtagh and I have to watch a novice riding the cream of the crop.Really puts me in a dark place.
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