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  • #11891
    bluechariot
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    Well done with your article in todays Post. You read the race well and came up with a nice 8/1 winner.

    I did back it after reading your article, thanks.

    #236650
    Blackheath
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    Well he could have mentioned the good reason why Tamagin went to the far side in the Wokingham rather than make it sound like a funny move.

    Oh sorry, the RP tries not to mention overwatering or uneven watering unless it is so blatant (Folkestone) that there is no choice.

    Dominating against a right hand rail is Tamagin’s game. For those who were impressed we probably can’t expect things to go as well in different circumstances.

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    thedarkknight
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    As discussed on another thread, it really beggared belief that none of the low drawn horses actually ran on what looked the best bit of low ground (which of course was right next to the rail) in the Wokingham. If Markab and some of the others had stayed tight to the rail, I’m don’t think they would have been beaten far at all.

    As for Tamagin, yes he has hung right on occasions, but I wouldnt get too carried away with that – he has after all got a very good record on the Lingfield all weather track and that doesn’t tie in at all with a horse that

    needs

    a rail to his right to show his best form.

    Anyway – glad he showed us what he was capable of today.

    #236706
    Blackheath
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    Well my video shows nine horses racing down the stand rail in the Wokingham. Kevin Ryan who walked the course beforehand decided that Tamagin had to go far side because the ground on the stand side was slower. Perhaps he also hoped for a repeat of Tamagin’s run in the 2008 Great St Wilfred of which the RP commented "Tamagin deserves the utmost praise. Drawn in single figures, he dashed to the far side and took the field along at a rate of knots. Headed inside the final furlong, he kept on well to the line."

    David Nicholls who allowed Van Bossed to take his chance down the stand rail in the Wokingham is reported as saying that Van Bossed came back covered in mud.

    The honest answer to all this is that the Clerk of the Course overwatered. He turned what had probably been a stand side advantage into a stand side disadvantage where the horses raced on looser ground on the easy side of good, with the consequent times 2 secs or more above what they should have been. Why some in the media have to deny this and look for other implausible explanations only they know. Their kid gloves treatment of major watering cock ups at Ascot, Folkestone and Newcastle are doing racing a disservice. In other sports the people making crass judgements like this would be taken to task.

    Back to Tamagin you are right that he has some very good runs at Lingfield, particularly the last one. Those who use RP ratings probably believe those runs are as good or better than his efforts at Ripon, Newcastle and Windsor.

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