A story has been making headlines, taking columns and being discussed in the racing world for 12 days now.
It even removed the race from the racing pages, and some high profile journalists wrote very detailed articles on the subject. We all now know that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Navy raided premises in Monasterevin more than 11 days ago, questioned John Warwick and seized unauthorized animal remedies.
We know that two licensed trainers – my father and Liam Burke – arrived during the raid and that the horse boxes of four other trainers visited the premises, which someone had under surveillance for the months leading up to the raid.
Five of the six coaches gave reasons why they or their vehicles were there and explained why, but to move this story forward and condemn or vindicate them and the sport, we now need what we don’t. have not: the names of remedies for the size of the DAFM and the results of the tests carried out by the IRHB on the racehorses tested there, since and tested from stored samples available to the IHRB, which we guess they will be cross-tested against what DAFM found last week.
I don’t think I’m naïve but I’m not ready to throw stones either before the evidence is presented. Speculation is rife, and if horse racing has an epidemic problem with drug cheaters, results are on the way, or so we’re led to believe. The DAFM’s investigation could take time like everything the justice system does here. However, the IHRB investigation is not expected, and with the scale of this case, their test results are needed soon. It is assumed that they are working with the DAFM, or at least we hope that the IHRB now knows what substances to test, and I think the IHRB needs to break with tradition here and make the positive and negative findings public.
As it stands, only positive results are published because traditionally negatives are not relevant. But they are now. Until the results appear, all we can do is speculate. The day will come when we will all be judge and jury, and I will wait for that day to pass judgment.
Either way, the show must go on, and it’s the second round for the elite hunters this weekend, or at least the second hunt for important stay conditions of the season. No one is attempting the Down Royal-Haydock Park double and, with only the two outsiders in today’s Betfair Chase having had a run this season, the playing field looks even in terms of fitness for the six lowest runners. more fanciful.
Becoming left-handed is a huge plus for the Gold Cup runner-up and it’s speculated that the extra three weeks of work he’s had on Minella Indo, who returned to Down Royal looking undercooked, will benefit him.
Today’s race won’t necessarily be their biggest focus of the season, it’s still the one they’ll want to win, but it will be D-Day for some of the opposition.
Nigel Twiston-Davies will have Bristol De Mai primed, and Paul Nicholls may well see this as Next Destination’s best opportunity to win a Grade One, so A Later will need to be close to his best to fend off the home defence.
Rachael Blackmore traveled to Lancaster to accompany her, but she will no doubt be glued to the In Kilkenny action at noon when Daragh O’Keeffe takes to the first fence aboard Bob Olinger. He won’t have been an easy horse to leave behind Rachael, but staying to ride any horse in a rookie pursuit against the favorite in a freshman year is no choice. Henry will be looking for better fortune today than he has had with many of his big guns of late, even if these are just the first salvoes of a long campaign.
Put The Kettle On fell last Sunday, but with Sharjah winning the Morgiana, Honeysuckle solidified her position as the favorite for the Champion Hurdle without even leaving Knockeen. That said, Telmesomethinggirl have never dealt a blow to Punchestown either, so of their six Cheltenham Festival winners, four have been beaten on respawn this season with only two to respawn. See You Later doesn’t fit that bill, and maybe it will follow Send Allen and give Henry something to smile about.
I lost count of how many weeks I tried to win the 19 million lottery prize, so I devised a new plan to increase the Christmas chests.
Ilikedwayurthinkin – maybe you do – is the first leg of this very small stake bet at 1.03 at Gowran Park. Hope those winnings go to Tommys Oscar – and I’ll get one of those statuettes if it works out – 12 minutes later at Haydock Park. You might start to think I’m Saint Felicien if he wins the 2.13 at Gowran Park, and I hope you were on the right time and latched onto that acca if he recovers at 2.25 at Haydock.
You’ll get a Buzz watching 2.40 at Ascot, and an even bigger one if She’s Commanche rounds it up to 3.23 in the fading light of Kilkenny. The odds will be just over 800/1, which explains the probability, but they are better than the 10.7 million/1 odds of getting the Lotto numbers!