Talking Horses: a going concern for jumps racing and reluctant owners

first_img Read more Hide Read more Thank you for your feedback. Since you’re here… The going, of course, is the issue, and owners are understandably reluctant to run jumping horses in particular on ground which has “firm” anywhere in the description.And, perhaps, increasingly reluctant too as time goes on. Somewhat puzzlingly, the GoingStick reading for Fakenham is 7 – which many National Hunt clerks of the course might actually describe as “good”, according to the British Horseracing Authority’s figures here, from 2008 to 2013. Fakenham is, in fact described as good-to-firm, good in places, but the highest GoingStick reading over jumps in recent years was a super-quick 11.7 at Taunton in March 2009, and that card attracted 41 runners to seven races.The BHA’s “general instruction” on the going for summer jumping is that courses should aim for good ground where possible, and no firmer than good-to-firm. As time goes on, it may be that even good-to-firm will no longer be acceptable over jumps if racing is to maintain a cost-effective programme.Some context via the the BHA. A total of 26 runners is not ideal but it is not the lowest figure in recent years by any means. Wincanton, with 20 runners on a six-race card in April 2012, had the lowest turnout in recent seasons, while Exeter had 21 runners in April 2011 and 24 for a meeting in the same month six years later.In all, the BHA came up with nine meetings dating back to 2009 with 26 runners or fewer, and most were run on ground with “firm” in the description somewhere. A couple, though, were on heavy ground (Haydock, March 2017 and Fontwell in February 2009), while one, with just 25 runners over six races, was staged on ground described as good-to-soft. Which one? This meeting at Fakenham … 12 months ago. So perhaps it’s just a Fakenham thing. Altior, who has won at the Cheltenham Festival for the last three seasons, is in “spectacular form” ahead of a planned return to action in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park in December, Nicky Henderson, the eight-year-old’s trainer, said on Tuesday.“He’s in seriously good form, spectacular form,” said Henderson. “I was talking to someone the other day and they mentioned the King George,” Henderson said, “but he did a bit of work the other day and I said, ‘the King George? You’d be better off in the [five-furlong] King’s Stand [at Royal Ascot]’.”In addition to the connections of Theclockisticking, the owners of Ontopoftheworld (3.00) should also leave Fenland with a useful prize in their pocket after the three-runner handicap chase, while Irish trainer Garrett Ahern also deserves credit for spotting a good opportunity for Sweet Destination (1.30) earlier on the card.Lingfield’s Flat card is a great deal more competitive and Sword Exceed (1.10) is a decent price to record a third win over six furlongs at the Surrey track after a promising return from a break at Catterick last time out. A step back up to 10 furlongs could see Bobby K (2.40) return to winning form on the same card, while Toosey (1.50) is another Irish raider with a big chance on the day’s other jumps card at Southwell. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics Share on Twitter Quick guide Tuesday tips Share on WhatsApp Horse racing tips Horse racing Share on Messenger Lingfield Park 12.10 Sheila’s Empire  12.40 Planetoid 1.10 Sword Exceed (nap) 1.40 Los Camachos 2.10 Reticent Angel 2.40 Bobby K (nb) 3.10 Originaire 3.40 Lady Marigold Southwell 12.50 Orchestrated 1.20 Valleyofmilan 1.50 Toosey 2.20 General Custard 2.50 Kimberley Point 3.20 Newquay Cards 3.50 Organdi Fakenham 1.00 Mizen Master 1.30 Sweet Destination 2.00 Foxtrot Juliet 2.30 Theclockisticking 3.00 Ontopoftheworld 3.30 Maronette Was this helpful? … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Enable staying in training for historic Arc bid is a gamble for her owner The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Support The Guardian Show features Share on Pinterest Talking Horses Good-to-firm ground in the middle of November is nobody’s fault, but it has effectively reduced Tuesday’s racing programme to two-and-a-half meetings with – assuming there are no further non-runners – just 26 horses due to go to post for a six-race card at Fakenham. Eight of those are in the opening selling handicap hurdle, while the remaining events have three, five, two, three and five runners, respectively.And yet this is, by about £1,000, the most valuable meeting of the day, with £59,000 up for grabs including no less than £15,800 guaranteed in the beginner’s chase, which attracted three declared runners, one of which was subsequently been scratched.So, well done to Stuart Edmunds and Tim Vaughan for guaranteeing a decent payout for the owners of the two horses concerned, assuming that they get round. With Edmunds’ Theclockisticking trading at around 1-7, however, betting turnover on the race will be virtually nil, and racing is effectively handing out a five-figure sum and getting nothing in return. Reuse this contentlast_img

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