IT’S time to end jockeys giving evidence in enquiries involving interference.
Stewarding has improved greatly over the years. But one area in which enquiries can be speeded up is over jockeys’ evidence.
Asking a rider to give an honest appraisal of interference in a stewards’ room is akin to getting the opinion of a striker brought down in the penalty box.
They will simply say whatever increases their chance of getting the result they need.
There is nothing wrong with this. It’s human nature.
A perfect example was screened on ITV last Saturday after the Coral-Eclipse, which saw young star Oisin Murphy and Roaring Lion deny Saxon Warrior by a neck.
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Donnacha O’Brien, the rider of Saxon Warrior, claimed his mount was battling back, that two bumps had effectively cost him the race. Visual inspection clearly showed Saxon Warrior was not closing.
There is every chance Donnacha believed what he was saying and he might have felt Saxon Warrior was rallying again. But as a viewer we can deal in facts, rather than feelings.
PA:Press Association Roaring Lion edged out Saxon Warrior in the Coral-Eclipse, but an enquiry was called
When it comes to interference I would argue jockeys add little to nothing to an enquiry process.
I would suggest a new format for enquiries where jockeys are not involved. However, I would also add a caveat to the rules that any jockey has the chance to see the stewards who particularly feels they have information only they might be able to know about.
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FEW will forget Wednesday night and England’s World Cup defeat.
We weren’t good enough. But we showed spirit and it looked like we cared. That’s all I want to see.
As a Spurs fan, it was great to see so many of my amazing team involved.
But I’d pick out manager Gareth Southgate and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as the men of our tournament. Both were huge.