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Sunday 19 November 2017

Brennan : We're not thick

Irish jockey turns ire to whip saga after hat-trick

Gold Cup winning jockey Paddy Brennan is the latest to hit out at new whip rules
Gold Cup winning jockey Paddy Brennan is the latest to hit out at new whip rules

Thomas Kelly

Leading jump-jockey Paddy Brennan rode a cracking 110/1 treble at Carlisle yesterday, but instead of celebrating, turned his ire to the ongoing whip saga.

The Galway native -- who enjoyed a sparkling hat-trick thanks to wins aboard Sivola De Sivola, Horsham Lad and Ataglance -- even hinted that he may return to Ireland if the much-publicised saga is not resolved.

"Will I stay riding in England forever? If you'd asked me that last year, I'd have said definitely, but if you asked me now, I don't know," declared the former Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning rider of Imperial Commander.

"When you're riding in a race over three miles on soft ground, you are not thinking of the whip, you are thinking of what's in front of you and who is around you -- it's going to be very hard.

"The Eider Chase (over four miles and a furlong at Newcastle) is probably the perfect example -- you won't have any finishers. The BHA are making jockeys out to be thick, we're not thick. We use our brain every day and you don't get to where Tony McCoy is without being a very intelligent man.

"It's wrong what people are doing and to do your best every day isn't what they want anymore."

Dublin-based owner Barry Connell, whose Pineau De Re won at Thurles, was also on the mark at Carlisle when Frascati Park ran out an impressive winner of the novice chase for the father and son team of Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies.

At Ludlow, Meath trainer Gordon Elliott enjoyed another successful overseas raid with a double courtesy of Man In Black's victory in the handicap hurdle and the success of Esporao, which dead-heated with the ex-Dermot Weld inmate Sublime Talent in the closing novices hurdle. Both of Elliott's winners were ridden by Tom Scudamore.

On the Flat, it appears that Kieren Fallon is prepared to abandon his quest for a seventh jockeys' title in order to ride overseas during the final week of the campaign.

In a scenario Fallon himself had considered unlikely only days ago, his agent confirmed that the Clare native would be riding in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday week.

His mount will not be revealed until today, though it would appear of obvious significance that his main patron, Luca Cumani, has a couple of contenders.

Fallon has also been linked with the ride on Caspar Netscher at the Breeders' Cup four days later, even as the British domestic Flat season draws to a close at Doncaster.

Once the dust settles on the Melbourne Cup, the locals will turn their attention to Kentucky to see how their exported champion -- the Aidan O'Brien-trained So You Think -- fares in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Yesterday his part-owner, Dato Tan Chin Nam, indicated that So You Think will proceed to Churchill Downs despite a second hard race in 13 days.

This time last year, So You Think contested four elite prizes in a month, winning three, before running a huge race in the Melbourne Cup.

Chin Nam, who retained a share in the horse after his sale to Coolmore, told the 'Sydney Morning Herald': "It has taken two course records to beat him (in his last two starts). I hope he can go one better in America."

Joseph O'Brien will ride favourite Camelot in tomorrow's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, with his father Aidan also saddling Learn in the final Group One of the season.

Camelot, already favourite for next year's Epsom Derby, has been installed 11/8 market leader for the Doncaster showpiece.

Irish Independent

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