RACING POST SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25. 2012 .
WEEK MONDAY MOVEMBER 19th TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25th
REVIEW YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
PREVIEW TODAY'S CARDS
HOW THE TWO MIGHTY JUMPING TEAMS STAND AFTER YESTERDAY IN JUMPS TRAINERS' CHAMPIONSHIP 2012 - 2013
Paul Nicholls Prize-money £789, 245 Title odds 6-4
Prize-money £440,228 Title odds 8-13 Henderson
(RP Saturday November 24th 2012)
MUSINGS FROM A RETIRED RACING ENTHUSIAST
In David's words "That's what Dr Peter Jenkins, my oncologist, suspects, which is why a team of radiographers have spent 33 days blasting away with their radiotherapy machine. I'm glad they've stopped. I'd hate to die from loss of blood from my bottom.
"The offending cancer cells may be confined to my pelvic area or, after waiting a while to get my hopes up (cancer's like that), suddenly pop up somewhere else and shout, "Cooee! Over here!"
"Don't shake your heads - racing should give my ideas the nod."
"Luckily for British racing I've come up with a fantastic ides. Admittedly it's not a new idea, but did Thomas Edison invent the light bulb? Precisely. My case rests.
"As a supporter of Racing for Change (even though we're still waiting for four -furlong dashes - do get on with it, or it'll be just like women bishops) it grieves me that nothing has been done to progress what I am confident will be the defining initiative of 2013. I refer, of course, to bobbleheads. The campaign begins where the next full stop ends. Right, it's started.
"As you won't know, starting stalls were in regular use at
racetrack, Hawthorne , from 1929,
and spread rapidly. They weren't introduced in Chicago
until 1967, and spread slowly. Britain
"By the early 1930's photo-finish cameras were common at US racetracks. They finally reached
in 1947 and, in 1966, the Levy Board proudly announced it hoped to see them at
most jumps courses by 1968. Britain
"Are we going to let the same thing happen with bobbleheads? Are we going to be the snail again? Or are we going to hold our heads up high, if bobbing around a bit, and say, yes, bring those things on buddy, right here, right now, yes we can?
"The first jockey to be honoured with his own bobblehead was Chris McCarron. On July 1, 2001 at
20,000 of his bobblingheads were given away - free - to avid racefans. Two
weeks later, Hollywood Park gave
away another 20,000 bobbleheads, this time of Lafffit Pincay. Later that year,
at Churchill Down's, it took just 30 minutes for 10,000 bobbleheads of Pat Day
to be devoured. Hollywood Park
"Where the jockeys led, trainers followed.. Back at Hollywood Park, on June 15, 2002, the silver-haired Bob Baffert bobbled his way into history, 20,000 times, which was 30,000 fewer than Jerry Bailey/s bobblehead at Saratoga the following month.
"On November 30, 2003, again at Hollywood Park, Julie Krone, having been the first woman to do most other things, became the first to have her own boobblehead; another 20,000.
"I once had a bobblehead of trainer Nick Zeto, one of the 10,000 given away by Churchill Downs on November 23, 2002. It was a jolly good one and I will not rest until I have one of Sir Michael Stoute bobbing on my mantelpiece. (Actually, I might rest. I'm quite tired already and I haven't got a manelpiece.)
"I want to see a bobblehead of Paul Nicholls, and of Tony McCoy, I want there to be bobbleheads of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, of John Gosden and Richard Hughes. I want to have a bobblehead of Richard Hannon, and of
boss of Racing for Change. Rod Street
"There should be bobbleheads of Alastair Down and John McCririck, of Clare Balding and Nick Luck.
"On Champions Day at
I want there to be a great bobblehead
giveaway. There's a bobblehead of Secretariat, so there could be a bobblehead
of Frankel. Ascot
"As well as going racing and finding bobbleheads waiting for me , I want to know that there will be a big screen waiting for me, always. (another campaign coming up)
one Thursday ago, there wasn't just a big screen, there was a splendid one. If
they'd raced at TAUNTON on Thursday,
I bet there wouldn't have been. Hereford
"It makes a huge difference and the fact that some of the smaller courses provide screens at midweek meetings, while others, including some belonging to big groups, don't, suggest it is not simply a question of cost.
"It's all about management's attitude to racegoers. I think we should name and shame courses that fail to give their customers what 21st century racing demands - a big screen.
"Now that I've got a head of steam coming out of my ears, I want there to be another campaign against music pollution at racecourses (also in coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, in fact most places apart from my living room).
"I agree with Alastair Down (Racing Post last Sunday) that "the insanely loud blaring music that greets a major winner these days " detracts from the enjoyment of the occasion and that the crowd is perfectly capable of providing a suitable welcome. Please, Ian Renton, stop it.
"Also I want to be able to sit down quietly with a cup of tea and the paper without having something aurally unpleasant compulsorily inflicted on me in the belief that it will make me feel jollier and better able to get into the swing of things.
"It won't; it will just make me feel irritated and inclined to murder someone, possibly the manager.
"I think I might start a campaign on behalf of curmudgeons, for the right to complain.
"And another thing ...
J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment
On the page David has two little bobbleheads to show us. (Toys R Us:) bobbleheads of racing greats such as Bob Baffert and Jerry Bailey who are a big hit Stateside, he tells us.
Of course Bob and Jerry are not bobbing their heads on the page. But you know the Churchill car insurance advert on TV with the bobbing dogs head saying, YES to all the questions he is asked, in such a way that this dog in answering gives people the confidence and trust to believe that Churchill car insurance is second to none, the dog says Yes, Oh Yes. Oh Yes. as he nods his bobblehead. This dog has a very convincing manner indeed.
PICTURE: Chasing legend Kauto Star poses alongside his new statue at Haydock on Saturday before leading the parade for the Betfair Chase, which he won four times in a glittering career. The half-size sculpture by Willie Newton was commissioned by Haydock and Betfair.
BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY GOVERNMENT
The Racing Post bring us news this week that BHA Veterinary Tim Morris is no longer required by the British Horseracing Government.
Whilst in the employ of same, Tim was required to carry out a review on the use of a whip in races, not within trainers teams, but specially the use of the whip in races at the tracks.
BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY GOVERNMENT
Calling into question however did the British Horseracing Government employ a Veterinary to carry out a professionally licensed handler rider's costly whip review?
(ongoing throughout 2011)
Resulting in the very first British Champions Day in October being reduced to a bloodhorse illiterate farse, with the French rider Christophe Soumillon stunned by his tenth century punishment beyond all belief. Who are these people running British Horseracing? Who are these people running this County's government?
Soumillon furious after £50,000 whip fine
THE BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY GOVERNMENT'S DO NOT HAVE AN
AND HAVE NOT HAD AN EQUUS ZONE OVER THE LAST SIXTY YEARS.
Bloodhorse Literate achiever in his own right,
both in the saddle and out of the saddle,
both in theory and in practice.