April 1, 2008 at 12:09 #7294AnzumMember
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Can’t see Nicholls jettisoning Walsh as his main man. Currently he has the best of both worlds; Walsh rides his best horses and he has the excellent Sam Thomas in reserve as well. Why appoint Thomas as stable jockey, meaning you lose your class act Walsh. Makes no sense. Nicholls is in a great position having two classy jockeys at his disposal.April 1, 2008 at 12:09 #154903
That’s some bee in your bonnet there Princess!April 1, 2008 at 12:13 #154904johnjdonoghueMember
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Accordnig to RP online Ruby stays loyal to Hedgehunter, rejecting Nicholls’ attempts to lure him onto Turko.
I just wonder if this will add to the school of thought that Nicholls needs a truly retained No.1 stable jockey next season? And presuming Walsh will never reject Mullins completely, the job should therefore be offered to Sam Thomas.
Why would Nicholls want to change something that has enabled him be so successful over the last few seasons?
JohnJ.April 1, 2008 at 12:21 #154905% MANParticipant
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Richard Johnson is going to ride Turko
I also wonder who, from the BBC, wil be asking Ruby why he chose the wrong horse!!April 1, 2008 at 12:22 #154906davidjohnsonMember
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And I thought I’d read Andy Stewart saying he wouldn’t run if he couldn’t get a top jockey.April 1, 2008 at 12:23 #154908
It would be very interesting if Mr Pointment or indeed Turko now go and win minus Walsh. It would certainly show Ditcheat can win the top races without Ruby.
In fairness, that has already been proved this season
Also, there is nothing to say that Hedgehunter won’t finish in front of Turko anyway. The horse had a very interrupted prep for last season’s race and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him placed this year again.April 1, 2008 at 12:23 #154909AnzumMember
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Any objective owner should understand why Ruby should stay loyal to a Grand National winner who he shares a great affinity with as opposed to riding a 6 year old with no chance of winning lumping 11 stone 10 around Aintree.April 1, 2008 at 12:30 #154910bluechariotMember
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MP you did this subject at Cheltenham time. It gets monotonousApril 1, 2008 at 12:41 #154911yeatsParticipant
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I would be surprised if any owner or trainer of note would be miffed in such a situation, as with Dunwoody on West Tip still room for a bit of sentiment in our great sport.April 1, 2008 at 13:46 #154920dubai_millenniumMember
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Unless you as an owner has a retained rider ie. Wylie & O’Regan, you can’t have any complaints about a stable jockey not riding your horse. PN is gonna run about 4 so someone has to lose out.April 1, 2008 at 14:43 #154924kentdougalParticipant
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Can’t see what the fuss is about amateurs and all sorts of weird jocks have won the National. If it’s any good it’ll win if it’s not it won’t even with JC ridingApril 1, 2008 at 14:52 #154929
Can’t see what the fuss is about amateurs and all sorts of weird jocks have won the National. If it’s any good it’ll win if it’s not it won’t even with JC riding
Well after fasting for 40 days and nights, He’d be able to do the weight anyway!April 1, 2008 at 15:00 #154933disraeliteMember
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Good one David.
And smart words from Anzum too…
Was thinking about making Hedgehunter a possible bet even before I heard Ruby was definitely on board.
At around 33 on Betfair, I think he has to be value. An incredible record on the track and with the compressed nature of the race this year, he only has to give a stone or so to the bottom weights…April 1, 2008 at 15:41 #154941graysonscolumnParticipant
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Any objective owner should understand why Ruby should stay loyal to a Grand National winner who he shares a great affinity with as opposed to riding a 6 year old with no chance of winning lumping 11 stone 10 around Aintree.
Exactly – Hedgehunter is among the likelier ones to get Ruby round in one piece of all the horses he could have plumped for, and he enters the race on the back of recording his best RPR since the 2006 National last time out. There may be sentiment attached to the decision, but it’s not at the total expense of reason.
There’s plenty of fight left in the old boy, and as disraelite points out, the compacted weights won’t do his cause any harm, either.
The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.April 1, 2008 at 15:42 #154942graysonscolumnParticipant
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MP you did this subject at Cheltenham time. It gets monotonous
The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.
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