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    hoofski
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    The Guardian’s chief racing correspondent has now been a no-show for several weeks, being replaced by a myriad of what I can only assume are freelancers. Does anyone on this site know where he has gone? Has he retired or heaven forbid, is he ill? Enquiries to the newspaper have proved fruitless. I consider Ron to be one of the most insightful racing correspondents around and a worthy successor to the late great Richard Baerlin, who, by the way, must be spinning in his grave by the niggardly horse racing coverage the Guardian pushes out these days.

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    Prufrock
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    I believe Ron Cox has retired, unhurt, carrying his bat as it were.

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    seepigeon
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    Does the Guardian need a racing correspondent? Is there a newspaper that carries fewer of the day’s racecards than the Guardian? Its gradually dropped the coverage until now they frequently carry 1 card only, unless there is TV coverage of more than 1 meeting.
    The sports pages are filled with blather instead of information

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    hoofski
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    "The sports pages are filled with blather instead of information"

    I can’t help but agree. Three pages on the 2012 olympic hopefuls and half a page of race cards. They’ve had their last 90 pence out of me.

    "I believe Ron Cox has retired, unhurt, carrying his bat as it were." Thanks for that Prufrock.

    I hope Ron has a really long and peacefull retirement and I for one will miss him. His succesors couldn’t tip a bucket between them.

    I have become………….Comfortably numb.

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    Cav
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    The Guardian has the best racing journalist bar none, Greg Wood. They also get Lydia Hislop in from time to time. Chris Cook and Tony Paley do a good job. Their racecards, results, odds, racing info all come from The Sporting Life and Oddschecker with none of the bells and whistles, so the interface is fast and clean. They usually have a good daily blog from the big meetings as well as a weekly tipping competition with a decent prize.

    They have the best racing coverage of any newspaper by some way imo.

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    Drone
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    Does the Guardian need a racing correspondent? Is there a newspaper that carries fewer of the day’s racecards than the Guardian? Its gradually dropped the coverage until now they frequently carry 1 card only,

    What goes around comes around perhaps?

    In its earlier incarnation as the Manchester Guardian (circa pre mid-sixties) it was alone amongst the national dailies in refusing to carry horse racing as it was viewed as immoral.

    A holier-than-thou po-faced sermonising still evident in the rag today: amusing and endearingly annoying it is too.

    Ron Cox was a decent scribe, though not in the same league as the erudite Baerlein. Few are.

    a guardian to guide you

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    Venusian
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    I’d place Alan Lee of The Times ahead of Greg Wood, I feel he’s a better all-round journalist – he’s won cricket writer of the year as well as racing awards – but Wood’s not bad at all.

    The pair are well clear of any other specialist racing scribes in the national press, although it’s not exactly a hotly contested event.

    Of course, McIlvanney is in a class of his own, but he writes on a variety of sports, not just racing.

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    TheThrowback
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    This thread certainly brings back memories, most of which are best kept to myself. All I’d say is that I think Greg Wood is the best racing journalist around.

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    Mounty
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    Greg Wood’s different gravy.

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    Salselon
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    The Guardian has the best racing journalist bar none, Greg Wood. They also get Lydia Hislop in from time to time. Chris Cook and Tony Paley do a good job. Their racecards, results, odds, racing info all come from The Sporting Life and Oddschecker with none of the bells and whistles, so the interface is fast and clean. They usually have a good daily blog from the big meetings as well as a weekly tipping competition with a decent prize.

    They have the best racing coverage of any newspaper by some way imo.

    Couldn’t put it better myself – top class.

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    davidjohnson
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    Greg Wood’s different gravy.

    Bisto Best, without lumps?

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