Originally posted by fozzybear "Tom Queally was shocking on Frankel in the SJP at Ascot.
Thankfully the wonderhorse got him out of trouble. Queally did everything wrong on Frankel that day.
An awful ride can still be a winning ride can't it?"
I disagreed at the time and disagree now. The 'bad ride' was on the Cecil pacemaker. Tom had to make a decision when it shot off ahead of the field; if he'd stayed where he was, there was a very real possibility the outsider would have stolen the race. Imagine the criticism then. Cecil is as far from a sentamentalist as you'll find and would have jocked off Queally in a shot if he thought he did anything wrong. He didn't and, for me, that said it all.
The worst ride I ever saw was when I was about 15 and Aussie jock Ron Hutchinson got himself hopelessly boxed in on the rail on a second fav. at Newmarket. I had 10 bob on him and, for the first time, my young mind contemplated the possibility not all racing was entirely straight.
Joseph O'Brien blotted his copybook in spectacular fashion at the Curragh yesterday when he let a 66/1 rag slip the field. I'd imagine the comments of punters who took the 4/11 on Saint Nicholas Abbey would be unprintable.
Is nepotism Aiden's Achilles heel or did his lad have excuses? I can't see any but maybe someone can.
Bit of a trend coming through with o'brien horses recently the unfancied 25/1 shot wins the guineas then st nick gets done with the outsider from the stable, think it also happened on sunday of last week at the curragh when his favourite for the race got chinned by the pace maker that there was late money for, conspiracy theory me thinks?//?/