• A DIAMOND MILE PREVIEW

    We’re a week away from the season’s biggest racing weekend as, sadly, the Diamond Mile has replaced the Superstakes as the year’s championship race. How was this illusion constructed? As usual, it’s all about the money as the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission has, on at least suspect authority,...
  • There may be hope for horse racing, but…

    An article that appeared in the Sunday and Monday edition of the Gleaner has reignited discussion on the topic of the future of the racehorse industry in Jamaica. Ainsley Walters, a veteran racing journalist and host of his own radio programme on the local racing industry, in a two-part...
  • Trainers’ championship all over? Again!

    Jamaica’s brainless, unoriginal, sycophantic horse racing media “analysts” are at it again. From as far back as July this year, one excitable radio commentator announced that Anthony “Baba” Nunes was the 2019 Champion Trainer and has been applying that prefix to his name ever since. He made that identical...
  • Legislative Slothfulness

    The Laird Just about six or so weeks ago there was an item of news that set me off on a prolonged path of musing.  There was the now usual brouhaha between Government aided Secondary Schools which charge a fee to the parents of students however denominated or styled,...
  • Change

    Change: we just don’t get it do we? Like the gears in a motor vehicle we have become complacent with automatic transmissions, and we scarcely remember the manual transmission and the use of the gearstick and clutch. Few if any, will recall a non-synchromesh gearbox that required the double-clutch...
  • The time for dithering is over

    The recent murders of a taximan and a bus driver and the subsequent war-strike in the public transport sector has left the nation shaken. These two warring factions of not more than a few hundred managed, in a few short hours, to have the workforce — school commuter and...
  • Article: So Where Are We Now?

    It is now six months since the dolphins arrived in Discovery Bay on March 3, which was about five weeks after the newly constructed pens were damaged by a winter storm on January 23. So it is much too soon for any impact to be seen on the sea...
  • Ignore myths and other public tipsters

    Over the years, I’ve done my best to encourage punting fanatics to spend time learning the fundamentals of the horse; of picking winners; AND (the most crucial skill) the fundamentals of bet selection. The first and most important no-no is listening to public tipsters. By and large, they’re ignorant...
  • What to do about doping in sport

    Doping in sport is once again in the spotlight, as last Tuesday word came that “Super Coach” Alberto Salazar has been found guilty after a 4-year investigation by the USADA, led by the indefatigable Travis Tygart. Readers may recall that Travis Tygart is the man who led the investigation...