Saturday, 26 January 2013





Racing Post INTERACTIVE Join up RPSunday


3:15 SHO John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (Grade 3) (Turf) 1m1f
8:35 SHA Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup (Group 1) (3yo+) (Turf) 5f


                      8:35 Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup (Group 1) (3yo+) (Turf) 5f



                   3:15 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (Grade 3) (Turf) 1m1f
                     3:45     Houston Ladies Classic Stakes (Fillies & Mares) (Dirt) 1m110y


Saturday's musings from a retired racing enthusiast.

David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10
David Ashforth:
twice voted journalist of the year
PICTURE: Dan Abraham


“PONIES eat less and are nearer the ground, making it easier for jockeys to get on.”
Pic: “Getting ready to crack a walnut in aid of Prostate Cancer UK
Showing David wielding a huge sledgehammer above a tiny walnut on a table

“IF THE snowman down the road doesn’t take that silly grin off his face I may have to strangle him with his own scarf, or eat his nose (it’s a rather nice-looking carrot).
JMC: Racing ponies need the right environment and the right training, the right handler and the right rider each day throughout training, key, just the same as Racehorses. The size of the racingpony or the racehorse holds no advantage. There are quite a few racehorses that are ponies. Eg:  Katchitt won many races including the Champion Hurdle. Speed and ability does not come in sizes.


KELLY'S  BOOK  Perfect Confidence, sets the record straight and yes politicians do need to take notice due to the fact that every day they are shattering the lives of so many British people, who have lost all confidence in this ancient defunct political Rip Off  Britain System.. The annual Cheltenham festival produced another debate on the use of the whip in horse racing."
 Does it have anything to offer on the question of carrots, sticks, and motivational leadership for humans? Yes, yes, yes.

When meetings are being abandoned with such depressing regularity it’s not a grinning matter and, if things get worse, it may be time to take up virtual racing, or roulette machines.


“Personally I’d find that difficult, but might ask Coral if it’s okay for me to stand on one side of the counter, with an affable member of staff on the other side, and have a bit of a chat between me handing over £10 notes and her handing back £9.73. Every now and again I’d be brought a cup of tea and perhaps a chocolate biscuit. I think it might work . In which case we could move on to the to £20 notes £19.46.


“Failing that, Betfair could set up a person-to-person system where we take it in turns to do the handing over and the handing back, online, with Betfair charging a small fee, although I suppose that’s pretty much what happens already. It might be quite fun , although I’d still prefer to watch a selling hurdle at Catterick.


“It was clever of Edward Gillespie to abandon his job at Cheltenham before the Ice Age set in and, during a period of austerity, it was particularly shrewd of him to become chairman of the Pony Racing Authority.


“Everything tends to be downsized during a recession and horses are no exception, Ponies take up less room, eat less and are nearer the ground, making it easier for jockeys to get on. They are ideal for shrinking economies. Pony racing is probably all the rage in Athens and there’s every chance of it doing well at Wolverhampton .


“Even so I wonder how much Cheltenham’s former managing director really knows about the sport. Does Gillespie realise that, when the Tote made its debut at a British racecourse at Newmarket on July 2, 1929, a mechanical tote was already in use at Northolt Park’s racecourse , which operated  under Pony Turf Club rules?


“In those days they staged pony races 50 days a year at Northolt, it was the time of the Great Depression and horses were shrinking. They’ve grown again since.


“Also, does Gillespie know which trainer made his gambling name under Pony Turf Club rules before winning the 1954 Stewards’ Cup with Ashurst Wonder, at 50-1? It was Less Hall.


“If you’re old, without quite being dead yet, you may remember Hall. He was a one, which explains  why he lost his license, briefly, in 1965.


“Six years earlier, at York’s Ebor meeting. Hall had four runners and won with all of them, landing the biggest gamble of the season with Fair Reward in a seller. In 1964 Hall won four races at Glorious Goodwood too. That’s the sort of knowledge necessary to run pony racing and I just hope Gillespie knows what he’s doing. He’s probably already in negotiations with SIS, and Wolverhampton.


“Yesterday, in a shop window in Holborn, several of us spent the afternoon cracking walnuts with sledgehammers, proving that, if you do take sledgehammer to crack a nut, there won’t be much of the nut left, nor of your thumb. I’m not sure it will catch on but Prostate Cancer UK seemed to enjoy it,  and thank you to those who paid to have a walnut cracked. It’ll be coconuts next, I expect.


“Today at Cheltenham there will probably be an exhibition of snowmen-building  competition for racegoers with a suitable prize-an enormous tub of vanilla ice cream.


“There may also be some racing. If so you may like to cast your eye over Quincy Des Pictons, the best horse Alan Jones has ever trained. Jones is the tall, slim one with a yard with a reputation for gambles, although not on a scale to match Les Hall. The heavier the going the better Quincy Des Pictons’ chance of giving Jones, the owner Stephen Spence, the biggest win of their lives in the Murphy Group Chase.


“That’s the one before the Victor Chandler Chase , in which Kumbeshwar offers Wayne Hutchinson  another chance to demonstrate he’s the best second – string jockey in the sport.


“Kumbeshwar has a rather better chance than the 14-year-old Kinkeel, whose connections are ever on the lookout for big races with extensive prize-money and small fields.


“Kinkeel  brings his rating of 64 into battle with Sprinter Sacre, rated 179, If  Sprinter Sacre is Goliath, Kinkeel is David but smaller. On their form in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last month Kinkeel has 102 lengths to make up. I think it might be beyond him.
 No, no, no no Sprinter Sacre is not Goliath. As neither is Kinkeel David. 
More like BHA bloodhorse illiterate working practices at the top table are Goliath - and Sprinter Sacre  - David.  Appropriate at present as the BHA , due to their sledgerhammer and walnut attitude to stop trainers, from training their novice chasers properly. To punish them instead. BHA are hell bent to punish all the Novice Chasers, their trainers, their handler riders, their jockeys and their owners. Everone who has achieved  true bloodhorse literacy to include the horses and their owners, all are to be severly punished, warned off even for achieving bloodhorse literacy in their own right. The BHA's street is a one way street, their own. Rather like the Medical Profession their street is a one way street, their own as well.
“Still, you never know. That snowman’s stopped grinning.”

More later

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