The Terrible Tout

  • horses racing

    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...
  • horses racing

    Time to flip those trends

    It’s the time of year when gender and age trends are flipped. Punters should pay attention. Turfites should understand that 3 year olds are just like teenagers, so they are not yet fully developed. Especially when it’s remembered that all thoroughbreds, for administrative reasons, have January 1 as their...
  • Too many costly errors

    As far back as May 12, 2017, in Public Opinion, I wrote about the Claiming system: “The object of a claiming system is to ensure horses of like ability compete against each other….not to have horses claimed. Remember the claiming tag should be a deterrent only. In fact, the...
  • 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...

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