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    empty walletempty wallet
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    "We will be regularly evaluating and improving our handicapping methodology, and I will ensure that we continue to provide an effective and efficient service to the industry."

    <br>Does this mean they’ll do away with "yardstick" handicapping?

    (Edited by empty wallet at 10:20 am on Dec. 23, 2006)

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    No, but it does mean he’ll allot Teofilo a mark of 107 to tempt Bolger to run him in the Cambridgeshire like he does with the National weights.

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    Nice to see one of the Rainsford hierarchy doing well for himself within the ranks of the sport of kings :)

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    Quote: from davidjohnson on 11:22 am on Dec. 23, 2006[br]No, but it does mean he’ll allot Teofilo a mark of 107 to tempt Bolger to run him in the Cambridgeshire like he does with the National weights.<br>

    That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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    Quote: from davidbrady on 9:13 pm on Dec. 23, 2006[br]

    Quote: from davidjohnson on 11:22 am on Dec. 23, 2006[br]No, but it does mean he’ll allot Teofilo a mark of 107 to tempt Bolger to run him in the Cambridgeshire like he does with the National weights.<br>

    That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

    Are you sure? If he takes into account the ‘Aintree factor’ when compiling weights for the National, then shouldn’t all of Sue Smith’s have an extra 7 lb at Haydock and Peter Bowen’s the same at Market Rasen.

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    Perhaps he’ll introduce separate handicap marks for left-handed and right-handed tracks. If they can have them for AW/turf then why not? How often have you heard the phrase "he’s a 10lb better horse on a right-handed track"? Then perhaps we could have separate marks for fast ground/soft ground, big fields/small fields, good jockeys/Andrew Thornton etc etc.

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    If that was the case, do you think it’s fair to expect Andrew Thornton to ride at 4 st 7 lb.

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