Monday, February 11, 2008

Weekend feedback

The start to the Kingmaker at Warwick on Saturday was delayed when Big Buck's jockey Christian Williams discovered his swollen foot was unable to pass through the riding stirrup; Liam Heard was called on to deputise. Connections of favourite Moon Over Miami will not have appreciated the delay as their charge grew increasingly agitated with the prolonged wait. When the race finally started, Moon Over Miami broke a blood vessel on the first circuit and was subsequently pulled up; this effort can be safely ignored.

Saturday's guest on 'The Morning Line' was Mick Fitzgerald. John Francome had started to pursue a line of questioning with regard to Ruby Walsh's decision to ride Kauto Star rather than Denman in the Gold Cup. Although Mick didn't fully complete his answer, I thought he hinted that Ruby wasn't too pleased at having to make the call with the race still over four weeks away. The next question for Ruby is whether to ride Twist Magic or Master Minded in the Champion Chase.

Twelve months on and nobody can say The Listener didn't deserve to win the Irish Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. Last year the horse appeared to have the race in the bag but dramatically ran out of petrol on the run to the line and was pipped at the post by Beef Or Salmon.

One guy big on enthusiasm is fresh-faced choirmaster Gareth Malone. On Friday evenings BBC2 is currently following his fortunes at Lancaster School in the programme 'The Choir: Boys Don't Sing'. Last week, in an attempt to persuade youngsters to engage, Gareth decided to recruit members to his staff choir. One recalcitrant teacher informed Mr. Malone that he had no intention of joining up as he was 'busy', then there was 'the wife' and then 'the horses'. I know exactly what the learned man means, it's just that I'm not sure he's got the order right.

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