RACING POST WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18th 2012
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY JANUARY 16th TO SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd 2012
TODAY'S CARDS Newbury. Southwell. Lingfield Park. Kempton Park.
"It's all about one day and he's just where I want him"
Donald McCain in positive mood as National hero BALLABRIGGS steps up Aintree preparation, page 2. ALSO INSIDE: LATEST ON THE MAIN CONTENDERS FOR AINTREE.
RACEDAY OFFICIALS CONSIDERING STRIKE OVER PAY DISPUTE page 3
"MEMO TO BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY REGULATION LICENCING AND DISCIPLINARY CHIEF "GIVE US CLEAR LEADERSHIP."
" LEADING racing figures today hand new BHA chief excutive Paul Bittar a clear mandate to tackle racing's most pressing problems: controversial whip rules, desperate prize- money and a lack of intelligent leadership ......
KEVIN DARLEY ON WHIP REVIEW
"It is still very frustrating," Darley said on Sunday. "When the rules were amended in November, we felt that because the stewards had got the power to use a bit of discretion that might alleviate the problem, but obviously it hasn't.
"The guys that are riding winners at high-profile meetings are sportsmen at the top of their game and they're only doing what they feel is expected of them to stay as competitive as they can. I think we're a long way off with these rules, they're still not working as we at the PJA would like."
J MARGARET CLARKE TURFCALLREASONING ALL SPORT'S HAVE RULES
Kevin attempts to point out above "I think we're a long way off with these rules, they're still not working as we at the PJA would like." Kevin is spot on in this assessment. He has achieved bloodhorse literacy himself ongoing throughout his whole career on the worldwide horseracing stage. He has served horseracing truly and honourably throughout his whole lifetime. Now on Friday he is put in a position of having to go out of his way to attempt to work upsides bloodhorse illiteracy at its most dangerous, outnumbered by clueless regulators.
There is a reason for everything, and most definitely in the sport of horseracing. If resorting to such drastic action as hitting a horse once, leave alone seven or ten times .... what is the reasoning behind this exactly? And whose reasoning has placed British horseracing regulation licensing and disciplinary in the position it finds itself in this week?
TENNIS the rules applicable in this sport are not in place to suit the audience, the punters, or the general public they are used out on the court and apply to each and every player taking part on any tennis court both in match play or in practice, and apply around the world. Tennis, cricket, football, golf all have their own particular rules, each and every player knows and understands what those rules are. The general public soon learn what the rules to any sport are, even if they don't play themselves.
World class tennis players need to be athletically fit, have a top coach, an accurate eye to be effective on a tennis court. To get and keep their eye in, to be in tune, accurately in tune throughout each and every match they play, each and every set they play, each and every game they play, each and every point they play, and each and every stroke they play. Any and all distraction to a competitor, effects match play, if concentration is lost however caused this will effect performance in some way or another. A different sport but the same principles apply to horseracing, even more so as the needs and the rights of the horses have to be properly protected.
In worldwide horseracing where horse and man compete as one in all preparation for the track and all competition on the track, the horses needs and rights are just as important as the riders. It is not possible for bloodhorse illiterate people to give clear leadership.
BRENDON POWELL JNR, JUMPING'S BIGGEST TEENAGE SENSATION FOR 50 YEARS. GUEST STAR WITH HIS FATHER ON THE MORNING LINE LAST SATURDAY. FOCUS ON