The Terrible Tout

  • Time to get the progress train on track

      Happy New Year to all readers of Public Opinion.  Its entrance into the Jamaican media landscape was THE breath of fresh air for 2017. It’s time for reflection and goal-setting for the next 12 months, so I hope new promoter SVREL is sitting down with Government and working...
  • Get two year olds running early

    I’ve been hinting for a while now that I consider the export of our best yearlings to be a significant factor in the decline of Jamaica’s horse racing product over the past 20 odd years. Last time we were together, in preferring Thornbird over current superstar She’s a Maneater,...
  • The Maneater or the Bird?

    A great time was had by all on Diamond Mile Day when She’s A Maneater silenced all naysayers and cemented an unparalleled 17th Trainers’ Championship for living legend Wayne DaCosta. She didn’t just win; she discombobulated a field of the best horses in training with a remarkable turn of...
  • Wayne DaCosta – best by any test!

    Now that the greatest Jamaican race horse trainer of all time has put down his marker as such by winning the only Grade 1 race to escape him over the years, namely the Burger King Superstakes, I know racing statisticians want to have a career breakdown of his greatness....
  • How government can aid and abet corruption

      The Terrible Tout Government announced the merger of the three separate regulatory bodies set up to monitor and control Jamaican gambling and horse racing too long ago but, as is the norm, hasn’t implemented. How foolish is it to have a Racing Commission (JRC; 7 political appointees) to...
  • horses racing

    Marketing and Competition the Key

      In the July 21 edition of Public Opinion, I addressed what I called the “sharp decline” of race horse owners (“Owners are People Too”) which the powers-that-be in the sport ignores as if all is hunky dory. The actual numbers from my usually reliable sources (getting information from...
  • horses racing

    Upside down taxation policy

    My usually reliable sources tell me this year’s Yearling Sale has hit rock bottom with only 86 entries. EIGHTY-SIX? Christ on a crutch, that’s down 34% from 2016’s paltry 130 and a massive 60% from 2009’s 213 entries. It can no longer be swept under the carpet. Jamaica’s breeding...
  • horses racing

    Always insist on “value”

    How often have you heard the refrain from punters exiting the track with empty pockets “but mi did pick five winners today…”? These punters have lost sight of the most important factor in any enterprise, namely its objective is the pursuit of profit.  Especially in Jamaica, where the Tote...
  • filly

    Fillies’ Time of Year

     As the long hot summer takes its toll, especially on fillies, and the months tick over into August, serious handicappers should be longing for autumn. Every summer, especially these climate-change-induced hell-fire summers we’ve recently experienced, the average punter goes berserk losing his/her hard earned cash on fillies with obviously...

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