Thursday, 12 January 2012

Not a great day in Dubai, an eventful afternoon at Timeform,. Blog now available..................

Dubai went as I anticipated. Luca had three runners on the card. Fiery Lad and Summit Surge, both coming back from injury lay-offs, showed promise before fading. Swop, from a bad draw, never got involved and was well beat. There will be other days for the trio.

Kieren was pleased with the performance of Secrecy, he led two out before eclipsed by the ultra-impressive Musir(a monster on this Tapeta surface), while Winker Watson was never travelling.

There was a touch a touch of irony earlier on the card when the former Cumani-trained Naqshabban, who refused to enter the stalls on two occasions's last season, completely outclassed the opposition in a 1m 4f handicap. Amazingly, he walked straight in the traps. A reformed character? Maybe.

I spent the afternoon at Hammersmith working for Timeform Radio, where on top of a successful afternoon at Southwell (a great punting medium), there was the bizarre sight of a jockey throwing his whip at the stewards.

Earlier today, amateur Robert Cooper copped a 52-day ban for excessive use of the whip on a horse called Elton Fox . Three hours later he celebrated victory on Mortimers Cross at Fontwell by throwing his whip away 30 yards from the line. Thankfully, the only fine was £30 to buy a new whip.

Southwell also saw Robert Wimston cop a 22-day ban for his ride on Zenerinda in the 1m handicap. The punishment was severe because it was Winston's second offence within 12 months. Incredibly, a number of people were defending him. Why?

The rules are clear and it's pretty obvious that Winston either can't, or won't keep to the required number. You can't hide behind the old story of that he was trying to win. I'm not a great advocate of the new rules but to get caught twice in the space of three months in unforgiveable.

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