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  • #2383
    zilzal
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    ‘Favourite’ performance is a pointer to the future of betting

    Greg Wood<br>Tuesday January 3, 2006

    <br>http://sport.guardian.co.uk/horseracing/comment/0,10148,1676770,00.html

    #68087
    Glenn
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    Far be it from me to crib an article that appeals to punters to ‘annoy their bookmaker no end’ but doesn’t the fav usually outperform most tipsters? Is this a new phenomenon?

    #68088
    clivex
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    I thought it was a good piece…

    The problem with these tipping contests is that they are obliged to pick something every day. And only one…

    Far more effective would be say, pick 8 a month or something. And why not 5 on one day for instance?

    In a way the traditional restriction almost makes a loss inevitable and must give the impression to some punters that that is all there is to the game

    #68090
    zilzal
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    #68092
    zilzal
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    A mildly humourous report on yesterday’s action (albeit lacking in subtlety!) here by Brough Scott on "Balls and Bureaucracy" in today’s Sun Telegraph.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.j … xhors.html

    #68093
    zilzal
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    Stalls handlers farrago looks a disaster in the making

    Greg Wood <br>Tuesday January 10, 2006<br>The Guardian

    http://sport.guardian.co.uk/horseracing … 99,00.html

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    #68094
    Topcees
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    Zilzal,<br>totally agree…if something is not sorted out soon they will be gettin unskilled peolple who are given a bit of training and in my opinion there are going to be accidents waiting to happen…

    #68095
    Nor1
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    It amazes me how the racing world is prepared to risk their costly immature two year olds to inexperienced handlers whether this is in a training yard or on a race track.<br>Presumably, insurance covers accidents but what about psychological damage? How many potentially great horse are ruined by harsh handling?

    #68096
    zilzal
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    "Bookmakers pull the strings on British racing’s puppet."

    <br>Julian Muscat in the Times Today:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0, … 57,00.html

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0, … 57,00.html

    #68097
    zilzal
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    Club poised to make new race-fix charges

    Leaks put Flat jockeys and bookmaker in frame; Scotney team have two investigations under way

    Greg Wood<br>Tuesday January 17, 2006<br>The Guardian

    http://sport.guardian.co.uk/horseracing … 09,00.html<br>

    #68098
    zilzal
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    It looks like Alan Lee will be winning even more friends in the Jockeys’ room after his piece in today’s Times.

    While I have every admiration for the courage of Jump Jockeys, Lee is foolish and wrong to suggest that the Jockeys should be easily forgiven and more leniently  punished for the Crosse & Loughran style howlers.

    It is simply too easy for an unscrupulous jockey to deliberately simulate such a blunder for financial gain and bring the sport into disrepute. As racing finds it impossible to prove such wrongdoing, all  such spectacular blunders must be harshly and exemplarily punished.

    <br>http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,379-1988735,00.html<br>http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,379-1988735,00.html

    #68099
    Nor1
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    A bit unfair, Zilzal, to harshly punish a jockey for the serious blunder of misjudging the finishing post. We had a job seeing the one at Sandown, hidden in front of a sea of bookies’ umbrellas.<br>On the flat, some jocks can deliberately start slowly, or get behind a wall of horses, or feign riding out. How do you punish that?

    #68100
    zilzal
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    Nor1 , If there is not serious deterrent such mistakes will become even more commonplace.

    You are right about the non-triers who like to start slowly and get lost in the crowd. I think there should be a maximum limit in fields; the Irish races involving 20 to 30 runners are ridiculous and an invitation to non-triers.  In my view there is even an argument for forbidding jockeys the luxury of  looking over their shoulders !!

    #68101
    zilzal
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    Decision nears on Fallon fix charge

    Paul Kelso<br>Thursday January 19, 2006<br>The Guardian

    http://sport.guardian.co.uk/horseracing … 82,00.html<br>

    #68102
    Nor1
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    Great news. Let’s hope the racing industry can clean up their sport. It may even deter some people if they thought they could get caught.<br>However, I still think the handicap system needs sorting.

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