The Curragh today
Good 1m Number of runners: 8
WIN: SAMITAR (GB) 3-9-0 partner MARTIN HARLEY handler presenter ABID HUSSAIN trainer Mick Channon for Martin Schwartz . 12-1 from ISHVANA 33-1. 1+ lengths
TRUE BLOODHORSE LITERACY IN ACTION.
Here we could see Hayley at her brilliant best, riding out a finish, pulling her whip through from her left hand to her right hand taking care not to interfere with Grumeti upsides her on her left hand side using her whip flair not to hit her horse but showing the art of how to swing a whip, a tactic to get her urgent hurry up message across to Life And Soul in balance with stride to just hold on from Grumeti partner Ryan Moore
A whip tactic used not to hit and punish a horse, but to asking a horse to give just that little bit more. Frankie Dettori can be seen to use a tactic as this. This is a fine art, care needs to be taken however that whilst using a tactic as this, it does not interfere with any other runner. Hayley had no runner on her right as she was racing up the rail. If Hayley had left her whip in her left hand and used it the same there, she would have interfered with Grumeti partner Ryan Moore.
C4 LIVE AFTERNOON RACING ACTION ON SATURDAY ALASTAIR DOWN MEETS UP WITH HENRIETTA KNIGHT,
AND TERRY BIDDLECOMBE AT HOME
BRINGING A DELIGHTFUL CAMEO FILM OF THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HEN AND TERRY AS HEN RETIRES FROM THE TRAINING RANKS
Mick Channon to inherit jumps
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/may/24/mick-channon-henrietta-knight-retires?newsfeed=trueorses as Henrietta Knight retires
• Best Mate's handler won three Gold Cups