In brief, Ron has (kindly) tasked me with a small, to the point article each day summarising the main points of the days racing as I see it (200 words or so) – both results and incidents etc – so here we go……
Tuesday 223rd July 13
If a week is a long time in politics a day is a long time in racing when it is of the quality we had to sift through yesterday, and the lower the class, the less consistent the form (in my not so humble opinion), so nothing to get exited about all day. The sad news came through about St Nicholas Abbey who, instead of ripping up the field on Saturday at Ascot, is fighting for survival after fracturing a pastern so fingered crossed for successful surgery tomorrow, after which a career at stud would beckon. Although I never really warmed to him as the superstar they wanted us to believe, he did win some decent races and a few quid shy of £5,000,000, so it must be me!
On the argumentative side, am I the only one who thinks a 50 day ban for apprentice Thomas Doran was a bit draconian? I have looked at the ride a few times and he did sit too far out of his ground before finishing with a rattle but it was only his fifth ride in public, there were no unusual betting patterns, and he did put his hands up to be nicked. Jockeys of any sort are doing their job just like the rest of us, but if I make a typo nobody bans me for 50 days – we all make mistakes and the word overreaction springs to mind!