Kempton Park 6:45, 8f Maiden (4), "Div II"
|1||Boxeur Des Rues||9||44||1||W. J. Haggas||5||Supp 14/1, B-5 P-2, Resp+0.5f, Prg+1.5f, Onto Grp+2.5f, 8th-2f -10L, 6th-1f -8L, po to Ln thru fdrs, Ld Ln|
|2||A Boy Named Suzi||6.5||43||2||T. T. Clement||4||Supp 10/1, BkWL, LdgLn Erl, H-2 +0.5f Drop Mdfld, Ngl-2f TTR HdR, po-1f+, Eff-2f & Ld, po, 2Clr-0.5f, Jk UnbalLt & HddLn|
|3||Tagansky||8||39||4||S. Dow||8||BkWL, Ngl Erl, 2nd+1f 1Wd Ngl, Eff+2.5f Resp to Ldr, Ld-2f & Eff, po, Hdd ins-1f, po, Fd-0.5f+|
|4||Gentleman Is Back||4.5||38||1||M||J. H. M. Gosden||2||B-1, Eff Erl & Prg, 3rd+1.5f, 2Wd SFre, Eff-2f Resp, Po, po-1f, Fd-0.5f|
|5||Divine Rule||14||37||1||H. Morrison||1||B-2 Wd, Ngl Erl QEff+0.5f & Prg Wd to Mdfld, Eff-3f Wd, Inx-2.5f, po ins-2f HnH, HgL-1f+, Fd-0.5f+|
|6||Orange Ketchup||50||34||3||P. F. I. Cole||7||BOk, LdgLn Erl, H-3 +0.5f Drop Mdfld, JkQt-2f, Eased ins-1f, NPIR|
|7||Busker||1.1||0||4||M. A. Zarooni||9||BOk, QEff Erl & Ld, 1Clr+1f, Eff+2.5f, 3Clr+3f, Eff-2f TTR & Hdd, HdUp-1.5f, Fd-1f+|
|8||Jan Smuts||25||-1||2||B. J. Meehan||3||B-1 Inx P-2 Dv, Resp+0.5f, Dv+2f & LsGrnd, Eased-2f|
|9||Brezza Di Mare||20||-3||1||B. J. Meehan||10||B-1 RL, H-2 +1f & Mdfld Sttld, Ngl+2f, SOutpcd+2.5f, Adf-2.5f, Eased-1.5f+|
|10||Helen Of Toy (t)||100||-19||4||B. G. Powell||6||B1 Wd, H-6 Erl Drop Back, JkQt Ov, Adf-2f+, Eased-1.5f|
||Pace unnecessarily strong. Winner 11L back at halfway and second 7L+ back. BDR lost 7L at the start and still 10L off the leader 2f out and 8L at 1f out.
Interesting race. Initially because of it being a classic example of the problems of the Zarooni & Ajtebi combination that Godolphin have started using this year. Busker another clanking failure after some promise on early runs and the Zarooni 2yos are just not consistent. Zarooni has fallen into the same trap of over-preparing 2yos and career development being problematic that has dogged various 'Sheikh Moh' handlers over the years. Zarooni's efforts have been poor this year and make Suroor's 2yos look terrifically sure (after he went through the same process earlier in his career).
Their runner here fell apart and Ajtebi has to bear a lot of the blame. In the first Division of this race Ajtebi had finished 2nd to a well judged front-running ride. He ploughed on to the front here but then went typically berserk with the pace and stretched the field out pointlessly while not being challenged. On the turn to the bend it was clear he had already overdone it. Trainer going through a learning process and a jockey who does not know how fast he is going. Not a combination to support.
Then in later race we had a good example of what the Public and Pundits love of a Strong jockey in Britain gets you. The meaningless use of the word 'Strength' in relation to jockeys is endlessly used, but without any concrete definition. What this translates to is jockeys bouncing up and down in the finish, looking active, and unbalancing their mounts. If you believe in efficiency and keeping horses balanced in the finish then the British version of 'Strength' just looks horrible.
Here we had Mitchell on ABNS giving the full 'Strength' in later race on a mount that was an each-way punt and had the race fall apart in front of it thanks to Ajtebi. 2L clear in the last 1F and why not sit tight to your horse, keep it balanced and moving forward and get it home? But, Mitchell has been brought up in the British environment so he presumably feels he has to do more than that. So he gives us the Monkey-on-a-Stick bouncing around vertically & unevitably not striaght. He makes this nonsense worse because he hasn't learnt to use the whip without moving his whole body while bouncing around.
So, the apologists view might be that the 'horse jinked left on him' and he lost his balanced and the race because of that. But this is almost certainly baloney. If he had been riding efficiently and keeping close to the horse and himself balanced the horse wouldn't have been 'jinking'. The horse might just have been moving around trying 'catch' the lunatic jumping around and trying to get comfortable. Ultimately, Mitchell is not to blame. The system and the older people around him have told him that MOAS is the 'right' thing to do. Accidents like this will happen and he has been let down by people who have just followed the accepted wisdom and not done some thinking.
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