Track bias is an important string to my bow. I’m very aware of it, when it happens. It gives me a real advantage and I make my book fully conscious of which horses, I think, are suited and which aren’t.
For me, the downside of bias is that most punters hate it and won’t bet. A complete turn-off. No turnover. Variety makes racing interesting. I like Warwick Farm, with the long chute starts, the sharp home bend and the short straight. Continue reading “It’s beyond comprehension why Warwick Farm is like quicksand”
Everyone I know was appalled and disturbed by the Four Corners greyhound story last week. Continue reading “Four Corners report puts greyhound racing in danger”
The Randwick course proper, on Saturday, must have been a great disappointment to the ATC Board.
Racing NSW must also be concerned with the Championship less than two months away and the likelihood being embarrassed by a biased surface. Continue reading “State of Randwick course threatens to embarrass Australian Turf Club as The Championships approach”
Racing administrators seem to have given up with “on course” punters. They appear to be resigned to “betting ring” habituates trending to extinction. When a punter takes some time off from going to the races and they return, they mutter things like “it’s better at home, you know more about what is going on”. Continue reading “Racing administrators look like they’ve given up with ‘on-course’ punters”
There was a great relief in the Waterhouse household with Vancouver coming through with flying colours, winning Saturday’s group 3 Canonbury in barnstorming style. Continue reading “Blind faith comes up trumps for Gai Waterhouse with Vancouver”
Sorry, Gai. My wife was furious when she read my piece last week, before publication, on Tommy Berry’s poor ride on Mardi: “You can’t publicly knock my jockeys. You’ve got no right to put into print our private thoughts. Please ring the editor, now, and remove that part from your column.” The conversation wasn’t helped by our being in the company of a couple who were lawyers, with a lot of defamation experience. One said: “On reading it, Gai, it is fine, it is only defamatory of you and your training!” He didn’t help the situation. Continue reading “My criticism of Tommy Berry hits close to home”
Randwick course curator Nevesh Ramdani must have been delighted with Saturday’s track. It was excellent. This is a big concession coming from me, as I have been, over the years, a constant critic of the course. But the only criticism I can make is that it should have been described as “track fast”. Continue reading “Randwick track is finally getting up to standard”