Friday, 20 January 2012

No joy at Dubail, delight for Richard Hughes, avoiding unlucky horses, Barton continues to rant . Blog now available......

No doubt you are awaiting news about the disappointing run from Rhythm Of Light in the Cape Verdi. I haven't spoken to Kieren or Tom Dascombe but my observations are that a number of things didn't pan out.

Firstly, they went no gallop and the daughter of Beat Hollow was keen in the early stages and then, approaching the turn, it seemed she was on the wrong lead (ie she was leading with her right foreleg rather than her left)

Kieren didn't punish her when she couldn't win and Rhythm Of Light is obviously much better than that. Dubai hasn't been great for Kieren so far - although a lot of top jockeys have yet to ride a winner at the Carnival.

Continually backing a horse that has been unlucky is a quick way to the poor house and the latest exponent of that has to be Start Right, bought out of Luca Cumani's yard after an 'unlucky' run at Sandown,.

Start Right has been a major disappointment in two runs at Meydan. The son of Footstepsinthesand was being spoken of as a potential group horse after his 'unlucky' runs, now he might just struggle to win a race of 102.

Talks are still on-going about ammendements to the whip issue, but Richard Hughes received good news regarding his one month ban in India. Hughes' defence that his ban for dangerous riding was in fact self-defence was accepted by the local authorities. The ban was reduced to a fine.

Hughes is at the peak of his career and, in truth, should have been Champion jockey for either or both of the past two seasons. Bans put pay to both his challenges but 2012 could be his year. He will be supplied with a 100 winners plus by Richard Hannon.

You can't be champion without a massive yard supporting and with question marks over all of his rivals, this could be his year. Hughes is a top-priced 5-1 with Hills.

Finally, having told you that Joey Barton, the captain of QPR, was twitter gold for having a go at the cast of The Only Way is Essex and Paris Hilton, he has now started on on former manager Neil Warnock. He is priceless. Follow him on @Joey7Barton.

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