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    nighthorsenighthorse
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    Having watched my pennies go down the pan with Zulu Principle’s slipping saddle in the 2.55 at Uttoxeter yesterday, I have a question to ask.

    In this case the saddle slipped FORWARDS, which is quite unusual. I realise the general shape of a fit racehorse, ie:- deep chest,no belly and high withers, lends itself to the risk of a saddle slipping backwards, hence the number of jumpers wearing breastplates.

    So who, or what, is at fault if it slips forwards?

    There are 2 girths, presumably very carefully tightened at saddling up time, plus more checks at the start. How does that all go wrong? Seems a bit strange to me, or am I being a bit sceptical?

    #370490
    Fran the manFran the man
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    It can be left loose beforehand if the money’s not on-this isn’t me being skeptical,this is something i know to be 100 percent true,not for 1 second saying thats what happened in this case as Shark comes across as an honest trainer to me(think the horse your referring to is 1 of his)!
    But i can recall getting word for a horse from a different trainer a year or 2 back and was told to back it and take a price-it was 10/1,i could only get 100 on in my local bookies but was looking to get 500 on(thankfully i didn’t),my phone rang again-don’t back it,lay as much as you can it’s getting pulled we cant get enough on-after the 1st hurdle the horse was pulled up due to a slipped saddle :lol: !
    5 or 6 weeks later i get a phonecall saying the horse was down as a reserve but was going to get in as they got chatting to another trainer to pull his out so be around the bookies 15 minutes before the off-prices came up-7/2 first show and all swallowed up in less than 5 minutes and proceeded to win comfortably at 6/4 or 7/4,the horse hasn’t won a single race before or since! :roll:

    And somme people say there’s no corruption in racing!

    #370496
    nighthorsenighthorse
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    Oh dear Fran, that’s a nasty tale, and does make you wonder.

    I’m not daft, I know some horses are "blowers", but presumably this would be well-known by the person tacking up, and anyway should have been picked up before the off. A funny situation, though not funny for the jockey who was trying to ride on a saddle which was heading for the horse’s ears!!

    #370518
    non vintagenon vintage
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    Is superglue a feasible answer? Or really strong magnets? If the jockeys had magnets as well, it might drastically reduce the number of unseats….

    #370519
    Mr. PilsenMr. Pilsen
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    Is superglue a feasible answer? Or really strong magnets? If the jockeys had magnets as well, it might drastically reduce the number of unseats….

    The magnets would work, and better still if the jockeys have taken their iron tablets.

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