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I am thinking that there are more fatal colics among racehorses now than there used to be and that is even before the life saving surgeries of today. Looking at the equivalent group winners from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, it appears that the trend of serious colics is on the up trend. What could cause this, genetics, stabling, diet, increasing ulcers?
Not forgetting this.. “he has a beautiful mind, so he has….” I have noticed that many jockeys have started saying this, but it started with Aiden.
I watched a bit of one of the Sky Racing coverage yesterday, one of the regulars on ITV was so rubbish I switched it off. In the paddock he said “we won’t look at the horses they have four legs and a tail….” and proceeded to talk to people who were busy with the owners, jockeys and stable staff. At this I was so incensed I switched it off. This presenter is the main problem with the ITV coverage for me, the others I bad but this man needs to be taken from all the racing TV programmes; the horses are the cornerstone of the sport and his attitude stinks.
A couple of observations – Sir Dragonet (Camelot – Sadlers Wells). All others have are by Galileo or by a stallion by Galileo – all runners are Sadlers Wells line.
This is what is worrying. Just go back thirty of so years and there was much more diversity in the breed, go back fifty years (no I can’t believe it’s that long)it was Blakeney, from the Byerley Turk line. Now it is all the Darley male line and the majority of horses have multiple crosses of Northern Dancer and his sons. The thoroughbred has been inbred more or less than the start but now there are no other any crosses or diversity. This years winner is almost a clone of Sadlers Wells/Northern Dancer; there are so many horses identical now, white on faces, white socks, bright bays, some with silver tails. It isn’t just the same silks, when did you last see a top class runner on the flat that was a brown, or even a dark bay or a black? Sadlers Wells was a true breeding horse so there are less chesnuts too.
What with the ITV coverage….I went out to do the garden.
Blacklion has an injury and will not race for the rest of the season.
Yes he looked a lovely kind horse but this was an accident waiting to happen. Anyone looked at his closely inbred pedigree? A horse with his breeding was not suitable for stud he shouldn’t have even been jumping. Had he lived and been to stud to weakness of the breed would continue for other generations. Hope more people actually consider improving the gene pool and cut the amount of Northern Dancer line flat bred horses over jumps and at stud.
Do they have girls carrying beer and plastic glasses on their backs at Haydock still? I remember seeing this, even in the expensive stands, and being horrified, especially the sexism.
I remember an equine influenza epidemic in the 1970s, there was a vaccine but it wasn’t that effective, all the ponies at the yard came down with it, the ones vaccinated were less ill but still got it, the thoroughbreds were the most seriously ill and took much longer to recover. An area like Newmarket would have serious implications with many foals infected. I also remember a strangles outbreak at a similar time, my pony was the only one not to get it so we assumed he had already had it. Strangles is more serious and has more implications.
Is it not time for admin to remove some of these posts?
I don’t contribute much because I have found it is a bit of a clique site myself, it appears very betting orientated and male. I am not interested in betting at all, I am interested in racehorse breeding and racing history. I often rarely got replies to my comments and posts, possibly because of my niche racing interests.
What are ITV do again with their scheduling? Yesterdays racing failed to record, series links have been fine for months. I missed all my racing, my can’t they get it right? I have to record so I can avoid Chapman……otherwise I might watch it live!August 5, 2018 at 09:56 in reply to: Matt Chapman in first ITV controversy at "The Derby" #1362293
How many people have to pause the TV to give enough slack to wind it forward to omit Chapman. If I pre-record, which I nearly always do these days, I am taking huge chunks out to avoid his silly face and his even sillier comments. I must say that some of the owners and trainers are very tolerant at the moment, I look forward to seeing some stressed out trainer floor him, that might make watching him worthwhile. He is ruining TV racing for me, okay we are lucky to have terrestrial TV and TV of racing with good pictures, but he is awful.
Incidentally do any women who watch the racing like him or even think he’s okay? I get the feeling that his fans are men.
I thought they would have to sort this out or lose their business. Hopefully they will eventually reach a deal with UKTV, not that I watch much of it but many subscribers do.July 25, 2018 at 21:50 in reply to: Answer this horse racing question then ask the next #1361058
The filly was Shellshock and she was trained by Eric Cousins.
Her half sister was the ill fated Irish Oaks winner Dibidale.
Shellshock was sired by Salvo and was out of Priddy Maid, whose dam Priddy Fair was the filly who Manny Mercer was killed riding at Ascot.
Shellshock was third in the 1973 1000 Guineas.
I really agree about Chapman, I want to punch him hard every time I see his silly face!!!
The red button idea is a really good one!!!