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Finding For Pressure with Dan Kelly

Mistakes should be punished, but penalty structure prevents this


After watching the farce of a race that was the ASCF Big Buck’s Bob Champion Cancer Trust Hurdle at Chepstow last weekend, I was expecting the ring of the stewards’ bell to swiftly follow. After all, every jockey other than Harry Skelton, had some questions to answer with regards to their performance.


In other sport, a misjudgement is punished, whether that be in the form of ball to hand and a penalty being conceded, or a mistimed tackle which results in a red card. Barry Geraghty, Tom Scudamore, Richard Johnson, Sam Twiston-Davies, Will Kennedy and Jason Maguire should be serving some sort of suspension for their “rides” on Saturday, however I can understand as to the reasons why they are not after reading the BHA’s Guide to Procedures and Penalties.

Going back to the football analogy, if the sending off is due to simple mistimed challenge, then it’ll more than likely be a one match ban, rather than three for violent conduct. But in racing, it’s too rigid, they have to deem the ride or manoeuvre by jockey as a “serious misjudgement or inattention” and this is met with a serious ban, an entry point of 10 days.


Even a hard faced punter out there would find it tough to levy a 10 day ban for such ineptness, the same entry point as failing to ride out for second or third place, but their mistakes deserved some form of punishment.


A slight tweak of Rule (B), or even introduction of .5 would be best all round, say an entry point of 2 days, range 2 to 4 days.


Jockeys know when they’ve made a mistake and are very quick to put their hands up, well to connections more than to the betting public, the whole racing world knew that most of the jockeys in behind Bertimont had made a mistake in the 4:20 on Saturday, but a 10 day ban would have been the worst mistake of all.


Mates rates no more?


End of flat season, and end of calendar year as a whole, it’s no surprise to see some rule changes pop up on the BHA’s website, but amendment to Schedule 7 – Notifying non-runners after declaration stage makes interesting reading.
Previously was simply a case that if vet was shown in the Register of Stable Employee Names as being employed by the Trainer then he wasn’t able to sign a vet certificate, but they’ve gone a little further:


6.3 The certificate must be completed by a Veterinary Surgeon who is unrelated to and independent of the Owner of the horse, the Trainer of the horse and any Person shown in the Register of Stable Employee Names as being employed by the Trainer.


What’s that saying in racing, it’s not about what you know, it’s who you know? Tut tut for some.


Paddy is painful viewing


It’s no surprise that Paddy Brennan’s mount The Govaness has been highlighted as a horse to follow by Timeform this week;


“The Govaness wasn’t particularly fluent over her hurdles on debut in that sphere at Ffos Las on Sunday, but she still shaped as if she should have won, breezing to the front on the bridle before blundering at the last and finding no extra when asked close home.”


One thing they failed to mention was Paddy’s body positioning after blundering the last. When watching the view head on, you don’t have to be a jockey to see that he was wrong throughout and was the difference between winning and losing. Looking back through his rides in recent months, he’s hardly firing at his best, and needs to up his game in the coming months.
Living off the back of former glories will only get you so many rides. But then again, what’s that saying in racing?


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