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    Tom
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    Before yesterday’s race P Cosgrove had ridden Borderless Scot in his last ten outings wining three times, but there was no P Cosgrove aboard in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (group 1)
    5f, Class 1, £136248 penalty.

    I wonder why?

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    Anonymous
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    The horse was ridden by Royston Ffrench in seventeen of nineteen outings in 2005/6 and I’m fairly sure the joint investigation between New Scotland Yard and MI5 didn’t turn up anything of note following the trainer’s subsequent deviation.

    :roll:

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    Nathan Hughes
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    The trainer said in an interview on C4 that he felt when sprinters get older they need something different to keep them on the ball so opted for a change of hands on Borderlescott.

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    moehat
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    Yes; I heard that interview..he said it was a choice between blinkers or a change of hands and his preference was for the latter.

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    robnorth
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    The following came from Sue Montgomery on The Independent website:

    Callan, who bounced back from a crashing fall on the track 24 hours earlier, was riding the gelding for the first time, replacing Pat Cosgrave. "It’s no reflection on Pat," added Bastiman, "and he’ll be cursing me today. But sometimes a new pair of hands on the reins can freshen up an old, worldly-wise horse."

    Rather vague, but some clue as to the reason.

    Rob

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    Onthesteal
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    “When these sprinters get older, there are only three things you can try – blinkers, visor or a change of hands,” Bastiman said. “It’s no reflection on Pat and he’ll be feeling sick today, but sometimes it just helps.”

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    moehat
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    Would appreciate it if you’d spell the horse’s name correctly, Tom; he’s an old favourite of mine.

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    Anonymous
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    And the jockey’s name for that matter.

    There’s nothing like good research, accuracy and attention to detail is there, Tom?

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    douginho
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    How much clearer could the trainer have been? Mr Bastiman told all and sundry why he had replaced Cosgrove with Callan. You have to say, with hindsight obviously, it was an inspired decision. A decision made by a man who clearly knows his horse like the back of his hand and all credit to him.

    Its not the only change of jockey which may have helped a big race winner at York this week. Monitor Closely had Fortune on instead of Munro this week. It may have helped there also. But who knows?

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    Tom
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    "Would appreciate it if you’d spell the horse’s name correctly, Tom; he’s an old favourite of mine."

    "There’s nothing like good research, accuracy and attention to detail is there, Tom?"

    YAWN

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