Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Kieren to stay in Dubai for fortnight, tongue-tie issue again, deadline day madness.................................................................................................

Kieren has decided to based himself in Dubai for the next couple of weeks. It's the best decision as I'm convinced jetting back and forward to England each weekend is not ideal. For one, it's hard to sleep on a plane.

Then you have the problem of retaining liquid. Kieren had the situation of riding at 8-7 at Meydan then struggling to do 8-10 at Wolverhampton the next day. He has four decent rides on Friday, including Krypton Factor in a Group 3 and Kenny Powers (off since finishing fifth to Fredrick Engels in the July Stakes) for Tom Dascombe.

The subject of the first time tongue-tie not being advertised in the press raised its head again at Taunton with the victory of Ted Spread. An ease in class obviously helped Paul Nicholls' runner, but so did the tongue tie for the well-backed winner.

Yet there was no mention in the press, on the racecard and it wasn't brought to the attention of the punter by the on-course correspondent from ATR.

It should be compulsory for it to be shown, like cheekpieces should. It's a bugbear because it's vital information to the public. While i'm in rant mode, why is it that a horse can run without a tongue-tie when it's declared with one?. It's not the case with any other form of headgear.

With it being deadline day for football transfers, there are two mysteries which I can't fathom. The first one is how can Bournemouth, a club forced to sell it's best players a couple of seasons back, pay the reputed £800,000 for Crawley striker Matt Tubbs.

Secondly, and this one would prove a head scratcher for Sherlock Holmes, why would Tottenham offer, supposedly, a 18-month contract to Louis Saha? The 33-year-old in injury prone, has scored just 2 goals this season and none since October.

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