Horses can be choosy

Ian Har­ri­son says pick your jockey well

Racing Ahead - - GOLDCREST -

Ispot­ted a pho­to­graph of Hay­ley Turner in the pa­per when she went to col­lect her OBE from Buck­ing­ham Palace. Well done and it was a lovely pho­to­graph. There are a lot of horses that refuse to per­form if the jockey on board is too fierce.There was one some time a go that would refuse to go on if the jockey used the whip. So why are fe­male jock­eys ig­nored by the train­ers?

If a trainer sees that the best per­for­mance from the horse is when it has a fe­male jockey up he should make a note and make sure that she is rid­ing it when it goes for a win but the own­ers have a lot to say about this and they like the idea of a Det­tori or Scu­d­amore on board. It makes them feel good in the mem­bers bar.

I re­mem­ber one oc­ca­sion at a north­ern course when a con­di­tional, who had won on the horse two weeks be­fore, was de­nied the ride and Tony McCoy was put in the sad­dle. He had never rid­den it be­fore and it be­came an im­me­di­ate hotly sup­ported favourite. He came into the fi­nal fur­long dead last with his whip arm go­ing like a wind­mill.When a horse goes into train­ing the trainer will take some time find­ing a jockey that the horse will re­spond to. Horses are flesh and blood and have their like and dis­likes.

When you place your bets do you look to see whether the horse wins at this time of year? Last week I gave out ‘Haaf a Six­pence’ at Ling­field, it had good re­cent form and al­ways wins in Novem­ber.It was CD and had come a head sec­ond over the course only eight days be­fore. That was seven fur­longs, to­day was a mile. I was look­ing at a fit horse ready to re­peat its CD win last Novem­ber.It won cosily at 5/1 each way.

At the top of the horse’s de­tails in the Rac­ing Post you will see a list of all the horse’s wins and it also shows the month and year.A few seem to win at any time of the year but many will only win in cer­tain months.The trainer knows about this bi­o­log­i­cal clock and will train the horse to this pro­gramme. Ig­nore this most im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion at your peril.

On Au­gust 1 I set up the Christ­mas Fund with a £200 bank.On Novem­ber 1 it stood at £1,221, £1000 profit that will help Christ­mas and NewYear along nicely.

It should be a bit higher than that by the end of Novem­ber as the Novem­ber stakes have been set at £120.

The Christ­mas Fund was based on the Ratchet Staking Plan which uses a 10% stake that is ad­justed to the new 10% each month. It is slow but very ef­fec­tive.

Oh the mis­ery, watch­ing the hap­less souls feed­ing hun­dreds of pounds into the Roulette ma­chines.You have to feel sorry for late night bet­ting of­fice staff when they have to re­move the last gam­bler from the ma­chine.It can be­come quite vi­o­lent as he shouts that he’s lost £300 and the ma­chine is about to pay out.

The gov­ern­ment is cur­rently con­duct­ing an en­quiry and the re­sult of that should see the stakes low­ered but it won’t. The trea­sury is mak­ing too much money from it and af­ter the book­ies have wined and dined Min­is­ters and handed out free tick­ets to Royal As­cot I can’t see them re­duc­ing the stakes by much.

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