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Beggar all to do with the previous ‘debate’ but I’ve noticed that Jim McGrath has tweeted:
99.25 per cent of ALL races in UK since 2004 have had NO whip breaches.
Just about says it all, mountain, molehill, sledgehammer, nut & knee jerk reaction spring to mind.
The folks who vented their anger after the GN have long since forgotten about it. Joe public has moved on. Why couldn’t the BHA let sleeping dogs lie.
Paul Hanagan is a great jockey & a top bloke, humble & unassuming. I’m amazed there aren’t more replies to this thread.
Well done Paul & SDS too. Northern based jockeys one & two.
Richard Hughes comments in his RP column didn’t impress me either, inferring if it wasn’t for the whip ban in June, the Championship was there for the taking.
If more folks showed loyalty to others, this world would be a much better place. Are you listening Michael Owen?
Amazed no one has commented on this sterling effort, although the way this Forum is at the moment perhaps I am not.
Jim Boyle is one of the good guys who always ensures his ex racers are rehomed & I have nothing but admiration for him & those of his ilk. I do hope Vince gets his holiday.
More positivity on this Forum would be most welcome. I rarely post these days, because some of the threads are really off putting (Frankie D, what’s that all about) & don’t deserve comment.
My favourite racehorse. I saw him run many times & he was quite a character.He was entered at Bangor on Tuesday night but he wasn’t declared so I didn’t go. Ironically of his 51 races 37 were under NH rules & he had never fallen. A real shame.
You absolutely do not see this kind of thing in the centre of Barcelona or Madrid (in both of which cities I happen to spend much time for professional reasons) after major sporting events.
Oh yes you do & plenty of it.
Sold!!! Never, he’s been leased for three months, info on his fan club page on FB.
quixall, as the levy has dwindled the media rights money has shot up redcar get between 5 and 7k per race media money for putting the meeting on they consider this their money and dont want to put it towards filling the gap left by the levy fall the horsemen think this is wrong, what do you think?
Every racecourse gets media rights money, how do you know they consider it ‘their’ money? Surely they have to pay staff, the course needs to be maintained etc, etc. This is a direct quote from Redcar’s FB page;
We’ve lost £175,000 since last year in levy funding. We’re having to supplement that loss of funding. Last year we made £50,000 profit all of which has been put back into prizemoney. We also haven’t increased… our entrance prices for 4 years because we understand how tough life is for our racegoers. We’re doing our best & would love to put more money into prizemoney but we just haven’t got the finance to meet the tariffs the Horsemen’s Group have introduced.
I know from business trips to Teesside that their is a high rate of unemployment in that area & feel that they are doing their best in difficult circumstances.
I hope he recovers quickly & gets back to doing his invaluable job, helping the horses with their behavioural problems.
Redcar is a small independent racecourse, their levy has fallen from £420,000 in 2010 to £230,000 in 2011. To offset this they have ploughed their 50k profit into the prize fund. What else could you expect them to do?
Perhaps William Haggas’s Father could sponsor a race or two.
I was there that day & saw it happen, it was very quick. A wonderful servant & very Desert Orchidish to look at.
Neither he nor his partner have been forgotten at Bangor:
The James Griffith Memorial Hunters’ Steeple Chase provides the amateur rider a chance to enjoy a ride around a licensed track. The Griffith Family kindly continue to sponsor this competitive race in memory of James who rode at Bangor on Dee many times on his well known successful horse Eastern Destiny.
Got me thinking now. The Grand National at Cartmel would be some spectacle!! The Gold Cup at Bangor On Dee & the Champion Hurdle at Southwell. I’ll write to RFC immediately if not sooner!!
Epsom & the Derby are synonymous with one another & the unique course makes it what it is. No way, barring act of God will it ever move venue.
I have never bet on the Tote when attending race meetings, mainly because the odds you get are a fait accompli.I love going down the lines of bookies & seeing if I can get a better price before it goes off the board. Fred needs to make it sufficiently enticing for folks like me, how I don’t know. Friends we have taken racing for the first time though prefer the Tote as they find the bookies daunting.
Normally I’m the one rooting for the no-hopers, but I couldn’t even make up reasons why Castlemorris King maybe, possibly, could have won. At least Marhaba Malyoon won a race; Castlemorris King has never finished better than 5th in his career. I see no reason why there can’t be some sort of minimum criteria for entries into the Derby. You can’t tell me that there isn’t a single 3yo in England with better form than CK and connections who want to run in the biggest classic event of the year.
The other one may have won a race but he finished 55 lengths behind CK yesterday!
I’m sure there were hundreds if not thousands with better form but their entries were conspicuous by their absence!
Corm, I would never call any horse a nonentity,even in the case of the most humble plater, someone loves them & hopes they may turn into a swan.
Addington Boy, Suny Bay, Earth Summit, The Grey Monk, Lord Gyllene, Dublin Flyer, Scotton Green, I wonder which ‘no hoper’ strutted his stuff against them, and oh what joyous days we had watching him.
I think you’ll find the Castlemorris King thread encompasses this very subject.