Friday, 4 May 2012

RACING POST FRIDAY MAY 4th 2012. JULIAN MUSCAT MEETS UP WITH MICKAEL BARZALONA

RACING POST FRIDAY MAY 4th 2012
WEEK MONDAY APRIL 30th TO SUNDAY MAY 6th 2012



TODAY'S CARDS Musselburgh (Flat Turf) Wolverhampton (Flat AW) 
 Fontwell Park ( Jumps Turf)  Bangor (Jumps Turf)
  Dundalk (IRE) (Flat AW) Churchill Downs (USA) (Flat Dirt) 
Chepstow Abandoned


NEWMARKET GUINEAS MEETING GOING SOFT (goingstick 6.8) Partly cloudy.
Many unknowns together with the saturated going conditions a minefield for punters.

 
MICKAEL BARZALONA HAS HIS WING'S CLIPPED
JULIAN MUSCAT meets the Derby and Dubai World Cup-winning jockey who is settling into his new role in Newmarket with Godolphin.
MICKAEL says "I had never celebrated like that before I won the Derby. I was just so happy. It came from inside me, I couldn't control myself. But I realise it can be dangerous so no more."

RP STABLE TOUR MEETS UP WITH MICK CHANNON AT HOME

J MARGARET CLARKE TURFCALL COMMENT
THE HORSEMEN'S GROUP A MISLEADING FALSE TITLE AT PRESENT
There is only one person in this group who is' Bloodhorse Literate' Rachel Hood.
One would expect a Horsemen's Group to have names inclusive of Rachel Hood, Mick Fitzgerald, Richard Dunwoody, John Francome, Kevin Darley, John Reid, Richard Pitman, Clare Balding, Julie Cecil. Alice Plunkett, Emma Spencer, Bloodhorse Literate achiever in their own right  in the main are needed. Otherwise what is the point?
HOWARD WRIGHT " HG bonus scheme a display of rampant self-interest
"WHEREAS  some arguments throw up more heat than light, the inflammatory debate sparked by Jim McGrath's strongly worded attack on the Horsemen's Group prize-money bonus scheme has also turned the spotlight on a worrying, more general issue regarding British racing's administration.
 
"Some of the mechanic's behind the bonus exercise have been exposed to public gaze, and they do not make a pretty sight.
"The way the horsemen managed to smuggle the discriminatory nature of the scheme's percentage share-outs under the  BHA and Racecourse Association radar demonstrates ingenuity that would be praiseworthy but for its lack of openness and blatant disregard of fairness.
"Whereas in the past racecourse payments for leasehold fixtures slots were distributed among specific items of general prize-money funding, the process has been transformed into a marketing tool, not for the overall good of racing but for the benefit of one particular voluntary- membership organisation.
"By restricting the bonus to paid-up members of four of the HG's five constituents, the scheme displays every appearance of having been devised as an added draw in the recruitment of members for the Racehorse Owners' Association, using as bait money handed over by racecourses that cannot have expected this to be the case when they bid for fixtures.
"The ROA makes no bones about the attraction. Its website lists ten membership benefits. After those granted by the RCA (free admission) and BHA (20 percent discount on most registration fees) in at No 5 has come 'HG bonus races.'
"Owners - ROA members or not-and other HG constituents did nothing to generate the £480,000 bonus pool. Would the BHA, the RCA or individual courses have sanctioned its use for a membership-only scheme if the exact details had been put before them, or they had been sharp enough to spot what was going on? Indications about their attitude to the 2013 process suggested not.
"The Horsemen's Group is seeking a big say in the future administration of British racing. To achieve that it needs to show an acceptible level of responsibility, but this display of rampant self-interest is hardly likely to win friends in the organisation with which they wish to stand shoulder to shoulder."
JULIAN MUSCAT'S NEW BOOK 'HER MAJESTY'S PLEASURE'
A CELEBRATION OF THE QUEEN'S RACING AND BREEDING INTERESTS
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Ma'am, do you speak Indian?  Find out why the Queen was asked
this question in an extract from Julian Muscat's new book pages 8-9.
Page 8 "Ma'am, do you speak Indian? No, I'm afraid I don't  Well you ought to, ma'am,
you ruled the place for long enough."
 

 

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