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Dan Kelly’s FFP – Week 6

 

Adam Kirby and the whip – Is That Love?

 

Es Que Love, winner of one race going into Tuesday’s Group 2 Lennox Stakes, stole the prize in the shadows of the post under Adam Kirby. But while there were plenty of smiles post race, there’s a craft that Adam Kirby is still to master, and that is his use of the whip.

 

Matt Chapman followed Es Que Love’s win with a tweet “Hard to name an established jockey who has improved more than Adam Kirby in the last three seasons. Simply class & great fun. Yeeehaaa!”

 

He may have improved in race riding, he may have become a stronger jock, he’s certainly more experienced, but his whip use hasn’t. Majetsic on the All Weather, Adam was on the receiving end of a long suspension following his winning ride aboard Toast aka Toast Of New York on the 1st November 2013. That breach was his fifth in the space of 4 months. As such he was suspended for a total number of 18 days.

 
This was not the first time Adam Kirby was in front of the panel for whip breaches.

 

Following his win aboard Reckless Abandon during the 2012 Royal Ascot meet, he was again referred with that being his fifth offence whip offence since 16th March 2012; 21 days that time.

 

Missing big chunks of a summer programme like 2012, and winter 2013 will not do his long term prospects much good. A summer where Charlie Appleby’s Godolphin operation are using the best available jockey will impact his chances of possibly bagging the number one spot if Appleby is there come 2015 and they decide to appoint a stable jock, this 2014 ban will hit him hard.

 

11. The Disciplinary Panel will usually impose a suspension of:

Fifth suspension of 2 – 6 days within previous 6 months

14 – 42 days suspension with an entry point of 21 days.

May be required to attend a course in remedial training.

 

He is now an established jockey. It’s about time he honed his use of the whip to take him to the next level and fight it out with the big boys and a regular basis. Twelve months free of lengthy whip bans, then the big owners may come looking with a big retainer which Adam Kirby’s natural talent deserves.

 

Champions Weekend and Cheltenham work together to put on a Showcase

 

Finally, we are getting somewhere with British Racing’s fixture list after today’s announcement that Champions Weekend and Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting will run on consecutive weekends in 2015 rather than clashing.

 

Today’s press release read; “The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in conjunction with Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), British Champions Series and Channel 4, is pleased to announce a series of alterations to the Fixture List from 2015 with the result of ensuring that Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting is no longer held on the same day as QIPCO British Champions Day in mid-October.

 

The Showcase meeting will be moved a week later to 23 and 24 October in 2015, the weekend after QIPCO British Champions Day, which retains its position on Saturday 17 October.”

 

This is good news for the sport, not only does it offer racegoers the opportunity to attend both meetings should they now wish, but also Champions Weekend is now cementing its place in the racing calendar and now looks a natural ending point for the flat season. There was talk late last year that Champion Jockey & Trainer’s could be crowned at this meeting, and even though a couple of decent meetings and racing are seen on the turf late October and early November; Lincoln to Champions Weekend looks a fitting period for the championships to be decided.

 

By Dan Kelly – read all his FFP series on RacingFM – Week 5 here

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