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Angus McNae

Captain's Blog - 14th October 2011

It was a dramatic night in the studio last night. Richard Hughes handed in his licence after being found guilty of a second whip offence in a week and then came on the phone to talk to us about his decision. Many thanks to him for sparing us a moment or two and his statement that he would rather retire than continue to ride under the current rules says it all really. I have written extensively about my objection to the rules and quite simply the new rules and penalties need urgent revision.

That review will not take place before British Champions Day and that day now looks certain to be oversahdowed by this controversy which is a shame and is a PR disaster for the event and a massive own goal for the sport. I am really looking forward to the Racing tomorrow at Ascot and feel proud to be part of the team that will be broadcasting the action to you, but it will be impossible for the event to exist in a bubble away from this whip debacle.

According to a report in the Independent today Ryan Moore is heading to Ireland to ride as number one jockey for Aiden O'Brien thereby leaving Sir Michael Stoute with a tough decision to make as far as a stable jockey is concerned. For me there would only be one choice and that has to be Kieren Fallon. His experience and input was a vital part of the the Stoute armoury when rode for them before and it could be again if Sir Michael wants. Ryan will be a success in Ireland and Internationally for O'Brien becase he is very good and his head down, say nothing to the media approach suits the Ballydoyle operation aswell. They like to keep everything in house and Ryan has never been one to rush to awaiting microphones.

I have a day off today which will be filled with following my daughter around the house preventing her emptying the bin, putting the remote control in the toilet and fingers in plug sockets. In between these duties I will be keeping an eye on the first One Day International in India between the hosts and England. There is some disarray in the England camp at the moment with Graham Swan criticising Kevin Pietersen in his new book and you can do without that sort of thing before a series in India and thus I expect India to prevail.

Have a good day.


Today's Selection

1.55 Haydock - Samba King (each way)



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