Was this race suspicious?

By on February 15, 2017

I’ve always wondered just how much funny business goes on in the racing game.

I’m not naive enough to think that every horse is going for the win in every race.

But when you spot a race that looks iffy it just doesn’t feel right.

And there was a race yesterday that certainly looked iffy from my perspective.

It was in 2.10 The Betway Apprentice Handicap Stakes at Newcastle and the horse in question was Thornton Care ridden by Clifford Lee.

The horse was favourite throughout the morning and in the final few minutes there was a big drift on Betfair and it started the race second favourite.

Reading its racing history, Thornton Care is a classic hold up horse.

Only once in it’s previous 14 starts had it led from the front.

(And in that race it faded badly to finish 8th of 9, some 27 lengths back, when starting as the 4/1 second fav.)

In yesterday’s race Clifford Lee clearly forced the horse to the front from the very start.

And surprise surprise it faded very badly finishing last, some 61 lengths back.

It was suspicious enough for a stewards enquiry.

Their verdict…

“The Stewards considered the running of THORNTOUN CARE, ridden by Clifford Lee and trained by Iain Jardine, which started favourite and finished last of six, beaten 60 lengths.

The Stewards noted the trainer’s explanation that as he felt there was insufficient pace in the race he had instructed his rider to go forward from the stalls and make the running, ensuring that the gelding was ridden positively as THORNTOUN CARE is a laid back type.

The trainer added that in his opinion he felt that the rider may have overdone the positive tactics on this occasion.

The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.”


Maybe I’m looking too much into this.

But the fact that the horse drifted significantly on Betfair just before the off doesn’t sit right with me.

Could connections have layed it on Betfair just before the off and instructed the jockey to ride the horse in a fashion that severely hurt its chance of winning?

Maybe I’m a conspiracy nut but it didn’t sit right with me.

And if you watch the race back you’ll see where I’m coming from.

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