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Kieren Fallon may slap a writ on Lingfield attacker

Kieren Fallon may take legal proceedings against the irate owner who slapped him as he was unsaddling at Lingfield on Saturday.

This appears to have sparked a call for more security for jockeys. Jockeys regularly have to walk through public enclosures to the parade ring and from the unsaddling enclosure. It has been mentioned that in [...]

H is for Hurdle – Wrong Course Fiasco at Newcastle

Tues 16th Feb – Five horses including the favourite, Catleen, pulled up after taking the wrong course in Newcastle’s 2.40.

Jason Maguire was leading on Seedless when they came to the rail separating the chase and hurdle courses just in front of the winning post on the first circuit. Seedless had gone to the left quite [...]

Amateur's apology is a lesson to the professionals.

Over the last week or so there have been several incidents which highlight the problems that racing has managing the public’s perception.

In my previous post entitled “A Whip Raised In Anger?” I dealt with Steven Gagan’s ten-day ban for striking Sacrilege eleven times at the start.  I concluded that this was fair enough given the [...]

A Whip Raised In Anger?

At Ascot on Saturday 23rd January Steven Gagan was given a ban after striking Sacrilege eleven times “in annoyance” in an attempt to get the horse to start the 3.10 race.

The owner and trainer both thought the ban was harsh as Gagan “did not lose his temper” and was only “trying his best”.

The incident [...]

Racing For Change Plan - 10 points or nil points?

Phase one of racing’s plan for world domination has been announced and here are the proposals.

1. Decimal odds trial over several meetings one weekend in spring.

2. Funded media training for trainers and jockeys with a budget for appearance fees.

3. Trainers and jockeys to be listed with first names rather than initials.

4. Photo finishes to be [...]