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    Anonymous
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    Dipped into the latest edition of RUK’s Club Magazine whilst meditating in the smallest room yesterday, and found myself absorbed by a really thoughtful, well-written piece from Nick Luck.

    Unlike some Sports Betting Writers of the Year [i:2df1rsdc][cough][/i:2df1rsdc] Luck knows how to string his sentences together into a logical pattern, and what he has to say about the racing media’s patchy and pragmatic relationship with trainers and jockeys is cogent, balanced and pithy, with amusingly meaty examples to support his argument.

    No link of course, as the article’s exclusive to the printed magazine, so here are a few quotes. Despite his journalistic instinct Luck honestly pinpoints the large danger inherent in making post-race interviews with winning connections obligatory – namely, that “it is perfectly feasible to imagine that the cooperative majority would become less so, while the reluctant minority would be sanctioned to get away with the bare minimum.”

    He also points to the dangers of the anodyne “stage managed” press conferences familiar from other sports becoming frequent in racing, and points to a recent, “disturbingly resonant incident” where Hayler Turner’s ‘people’ allowed her to “chill away” one of his fellow presenters on Derby Day, despite the fact that she was being paid as the face of the event: “Highly ironic, really, given that it is Turner’s slight frame upon which Racing for Change is attempting to hang the Emperor’s New Clothes. Beware the attempted hyping of people whose default mode is not to be a celebrity.”

    Finally, Luck points out that “Contrary to contemporary thinking, racing has far greater access to its participants than most other sports.” Control and regulation would only short-change the viewer, and today’s informal pragmatism offers much the best chance of keeping people genuinely well informed.

    With journalists of the quality of Luck and Lydia Hislop around, racing need not fear the incursion of the kind of sad, ill-written blogs and bookies dogs highlit in other threads.

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    barry dennis
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    please translate into language I might understand.

    #249649
    Drone
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    I’ll be re-subscribing to RUK shortly and must say I’m looking forward to another winter in the company of Luck, Hislop, Fremantle and co.

    Racing demigods they aren’t but they’re as good as we’re likely to get in a little world where the one-eyed man is king

    70p a day :)

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    seabird
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    You want more dumbing-down, Barry?

    Colin Phillips

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    betlarge
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    please translate into language I might understand.

    Well, the boy Lucky was bangin’ on abaht ‘ow some geezers wot train ‘orses won’t give ya the time of bleedin’ day nawhadays (etc etc

    ad nauseam

    )….

    Mike

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    Himself
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    Written like an old Etonian.
    :roll:

    Hmmm, so Hayley has basically no personality with little to say that is worth listening to – and they’re trying to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. :wink:

    To quote Bill Shankly :
    " They use words like avaricious, where we we just say, greedy ! " :lol:

    Gambling Only Pays When You're Winning

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    Andrew Hughes
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    Well, the boy Lucky was bangin’ on abaht ‘ow some geezers wot train ‘orses won’t give ya the time of bleedin’ day nawhadays (etc etc ad nauseam)….

    :mrgreen:

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    Andrew Hughes
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    Written like an old Etonian.

    I disagree. It reads like it was written by someone who knows how to write.

    Hmmm, so Hayley has basically no personality with little to say that is worth listening to

    I don’t think he said that, did he?

    #249699
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    If dumbing down is good enough for the vox populi ( ie. McCririck and Thommo ), then it’s good enough for RUK…Nick Luck, and the plebs ( count me in :P ) here ! :wink:

    Gambling Only Pays When You're Winning

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    dave jay
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    please translate into language I might understand.

    Blah, blah, blah .. somethin or nothin .. :D

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    Maxilon 5
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    Magnificent parody, Pinza.

    I nearly popped a rib. :D

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