The Terrible Tout

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    Give the people what they want!

     Recently, traditionalists, programmed to believe only England has answers to anything, have renewed a call for the return to an English system of handicapping/rating as the panacea for what ails local racing. “Bring it on,” I say. Hurry up! Let’s scrap the claiming system and return to the rating...
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    Cream Rising to the Top

    Toldja! Since I wrote about the embarrassing scenario among Jamaica’s jockey colony as exposed by 54-year-old Gary Richards (published June 4) the Old Master has ridden 7 winners from 34 rides (21% win percentage) which is bettered by only one (Shane Ellis; 22%) of the top ten jockeys. He...
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    Remote betting the way of the future

    I’ve bad news for SVREL. It’s stuck with Caymanas Park. I don’t care how many rumours (or whether they’re true) of “exit” clauses are bruited about, Government isn’t taking it back; The financial hole which Government spent the past 40 years digging for all horse racing promoters is too...
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    Where have all the jockeys gone?

    It’s been bittersweet watching 54-year-old Gary Richards teach our pathetic jockey colony how race riding is done. When Gary started riding in 1979, Jamaica was blessed with a set of jockeys who could excel worldwide.  Gary stood out among them to the extent that iconic jockey Neville Anderson publicly...
  • A classic review

    Cawn’t sey mi neva dida warn yu! Punters got useful pointers for Jamaica’s first two classics from my very early look (published April 6).  After 1,000 Guineas winner Disability Charm’s winning debut (1000m round; January 20), I noted: “Disability Charm was visually impressive….lengthening stride and readily drawing clear final...
  • Put betting excitement in Guineas weekend

      By the time we meet again, 2018’s first classics will have been run on April 14 (1,000 Guineas) and 15 (2,000 Guineas) so readers must settle for an early look at the contenders. This only emphasizes how backward racing promoters have been regarding betting in Jamaica. Ante-post betting...
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    Public Opinion’s birthday; your gift — speed!

    Belated happy first birthday to the new Public Opinion which celebrated its first birthday last week! Its focus on independent opinion and critical thought fills a void in local media. Regarding contributions from yours truly, comments received have been concentrated on the “Clocked-in” department. Many are curious as to...
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    THE KING IS DEAD!

    Horse racing lost another leading light as Robert Darby Snr, known to all as “The Claiming King”, passed away on Monday, February 26. Turfites know Robert’s magnificent accomplishments of the 1990s and that he was still active and producing outstandingly conditioned winners up to shortly before his passing. But...
  • We should be “Abel” to say metres!

        By the Terrible Tout   Time’s up! Jamaica decimalized its currency in the 1960s; commenced the process of metrification in 1977; and is alleged to have completed it shortly after the turn of the new millennium. Our motor vehicle speedometers are indexed in kilometres per hour; our...

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