Fingers crossed Walton woe is not repeated
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Fingers crossed Walton woe is not repeated
Posted on 17 Aug 2018
WALTON STREET is declared to run in cheekpieces again in tomorrow’s Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury so we can only hope and pray that someone connected with the horse remembers to put the headgear on this time.

Two weeks ago the Charlie Appleby-trained gelding was well-backed for a big handicap at Glorious Goodwood, both ante-post and on the day. The horse was withdrawn at the start, in accordance with BHA rules, after arriving without the declared aid. 

How the rest of the racing world must laugh at us. In these days of co-mingling, where punters from abroad bet on our TV races, a favourite is withdrawn under farcical circumstances, costing the industry much needed turnover and ante-post punters their hard-earned.

We can split the atom but can't organise for the relevant headgear to be at the start in case of such an event, we can't delay the race briefly whilst a pair of cheekpieces is driven down to the start (we regularly delay starts for ‘simultaneous’ TV coverage of other races) and nor can we organise for an official to check this sort of thing in the paddock.

This smacks of the disorganisation that was rife in the sport many moons ago. Let us bring racing into the 21st century with a little common sense.

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