Maurice Hayes: They're off -- but decent deal faces final furlong
Published 06/02/2010 | 05:00
WELL, the agreement seems to have cleared all the fences in the gruelling Grand National course that was the prolonged and exhausting negotiations at Hillsborough over the past two weeks.
Despite a refusal at Beechers second time around, Peter Robinson, with fine judgment of the possibilities, an eye for an opening, and, no doubt, judicious use of the whip has managed to get his fractious mount nearly over the line -- but not quite yet.
Before the spectators throw their hats in the air, they might reflect, like many a sad punter before them, how many favourites have faltered or tired in the last furlong or so.