January 4, 2007 at 13:56 #653
After looking a total flop, GG has just popped up at 33/1 in a Novice Hurdle at Lingfield to justify his inclusion in Jeremy’s horses to follow list. Hope you were on, Mr Column!!January 4, 2007 at 14:12 #35191graysonscolumnParticipant
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Inevitably, Rory, I didn’t have a cent on!
It’s just as well professional pride counts for plenty enough to me, although of course that doesn’t put bread on the table. Arse.
(Edited by graysonscolumn at 2:12 pm on Jan. 4, 2007)
The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.January 4, 2007 at 14:19 #35192
You may have a pint of CAMRA’s finest when we next meet then ~ I kept faith in your judgement! :biggrin:January 4, 2007 at 21:34 #35193TedMember
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I hope there was a stewards enquiry into the improved form of this horse? He showed decent form last season but he has been beaten a total of 235 lengths in three races this season, including a 67 length defeat just over a week ago when he was last of the seven finishers.
If there was no enquiry about this then what’s the point in having stewards?January 5, 2007 at 09:36 #35194seabirdParticipant
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Ted, they had all been given the word………"THEY KNEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!";)
ColinJanuary 5, 2007 at 11:29 #35195
there will have been an enquiry at the track and a possible referral, but this wouldn’t affect the race result and so wouldn’t be called in the way a normal interference inquiry would. In defence of connections, there wasn’t a penny for the horse and he was running in an open novice hurdle, so didn’t benefit from lenient handling by the handicapper. Ergo, nowt suspicious ~ just annoying if you backed him when he ran badly (including when well backed, incidentally).January 5, 2007 at 12:50 #35196apracingParticipant
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<br>There was an ‘enquiry’ (reported on HRA website), but it ws the usual farce whereby the trainer ‘can offer no explanation’, and in the absence of any other information, the stewards decide not to hold an enquiry.
Grecian Groom was dope tested.
But basically, with the two favourites either over-rated or running below form, something had to win and the rest were all at double figure prices. The form of the runner up, also 33/1, was no better or worse than Grecian Groom.
APJanuary 5, 2007 at 13:09 #35197graysonscolumnParticipant
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I think I’d have a slightly different take on it. The horse’s three lesser runs to date (one bumper, two hurdles) had been around Cheltenham, Ascot and Towcester, all far more exacting tracks than the Huntingdon around which he had recorded wins in his first two bumpers, and certainly all stiffer than Lingfield, slow ground notwithstanding.
Moreover, this was the first time he’d been reunited with Noel Fehily since the jockey had partnered him to that most impressive debut last Easter, and to this pair of eyes this animal seems to run particularly well for him.
Both factors, therefore, which made me wish all the more that I’d rowed in with him e/w at the very least, with one double-digit priced horse guaranteed to make the frame (as Alan has already alluded to).
The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.January 5, 2007 at 20:22 #35198dave jayMember
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At least you’ve taken it like a man .. :biggrin:
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