In today’s modern era where video replays and technology play a huge part in the vast majority of sports I have a big problem for The Stewards to sort in Horse Racing. This problem I huge because people are betting on the outcome and I am not sure if the Stewards know this or are they turning a blind eye to the problem I will reveal shortly. Millions of pounds or euro’s are being gambled and the rules of racing are not being followed in some situations… now you know that there is a problem let me tell you more.
The rules of horse racing state very clearly that every horse participating in a race must be ridden to obtain the best possible finishing position… that is FACT but we could argue some jockeys do that but some jockeys do not for a variety of reasons. An experienced jockey might ‘ease down’ a horse that has not got any further chance of winning BUT is the jockey guilty of not getting the best possible finishing place?
I am specifically talking about MATCH BETS where punters back one named horse to finish in a higher finishing place than another named horse in that race. The remainder of the race has nothing to do with the match-bet as the punters back horse v horse.
This last week I saw a classic example of a top jockey losing a Match Bet by easing a horse down whilst the other horse in the Match Bet was driven hard by its amateur rider and got past the other horse on the run in.
I want you to go to www.attheraces.com and go on to replays for Sunday 25th November 2018 at Navan in the 2.30pm race The Troytown Handicap Chase. In the race there was a match-bet Rogue Angel v Young Turk so the horse finishing in the highest position was the winner. Both horses were owned by Gigginstown in the Maroon and White but Rogue Angels jockey had a blue cap with Young Turks a blue and yellow check cap. Rogue Angel was ridden by top jockey Paul Townend and Young Turk by Ms Lisa O’Neill. Coming into the home straight Rogue Angel was around ten to twelve lengths in from of Young Turk but realising Rogue Angel couldn’t win Paul Townend eased the horse taking it very easily and Young Turk was rousted and driven past Rogue Angel to finish 13th and Rogue Angel 17th beaten about 3 lengths. What I am saying is the Stewards needed to look at Pauls riding(he was in my view looking after the horse) because he didn’t ride the horse to finish in its best possible position… Lisa O’Neill did and won a Match Bet for punters because of her dogged riding style… I hope you can see my point here folks especially if you bet on Match Bets. Come on Stewards start doing your job properly and make jockeys obtain the best possible finishing position.
High Roller Racing has had a pretty good week again in the week just gone. FIVE WINNERS from SIX SELECTIONS…
MIA’S STORM. WON Evens
ANNA JAMMELA. WON. 2/1
DESTINED TO SHIN WON 9/2
COMMANDANT UNSEATED BY HORSE THAT FELL IN FRONT
TOO PRECIOUS. WON 11/4
SHANTALUZE WON 7/2
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