Tom Tucker, Nikola Nailer, Paramount discussed on The Final Furlong Podcast
But I've spoken to enough of them, who will say, look at all of the wind surgeries that need to be done. This clearly a problem. Genetically with horses these days, than there was before. Now you could very much argue, well, how many wind surgeries were going on behind the scenes that we never knew about? Yes. It's a different subject, but it does go to the weakening of the breed. And is this a problem? In terms of master Tom Tucker's wall, I think that was just a horrible tragic accident. And unfortunately, as Nikola nailer, when we did the specialty bonking, the BBC's documentary through VC wanted to do a documentary on abattoirs. I'm fine with that. And the right to do so. Yes. But shows what they're doing to the cows shows what they're doing to the goats show us what they're doing to the sheep show. So there's slaughtering them as well. Don't just make it about racing. And don't dare name a high profile Irish trainer. And a high profile Irish owner, and then make quick passive mention of high profile British owners, but move it along quickly away from that. And there's no British link whatsoever. Aside from that, you know, it was all aware of the bad guys and we're the ones who are doing that. And if you have the name of a guy who is a respected horse trader, who had told these owners in good faith, I'll take that horse off your hands. I've got a family who will look after him. The name and shame and get him out of the sport. I'm fed up saying it. You know, if there is a guy masquerading himself as a respected trader and he's doing that and sending horses in the UK, the name and shame and then kick him out of the sport. Because no one wants a minute. Who the hell wants to work with that person? Who wants to be associated with your sport? But in terms of the ground, I think that the tracks come in for criticism in that, oh God they're watering again. And they have to. It's like they're almost in resource welfare is Paramount. And I think that's something we can both agree on that race courses, the BHA, the ihr B trainers for that matter owners, welfare is a 100% Paramount in everybody's mindset. And nobody wants to see this kind of thing happen. And the example that you made from the sky by Chase, I mean, Jesus Christ. A more lovable horse in midnight shadow. You couldn't come across. And for that to happen and to happen in the way that it did. Push a button on us. We don't have water jumps in Ireland. There's no one in Ireland. And it was something that used to I remember it was when I was really getting into bedding and really getting my head around bedding. There was a big topic of discussion about you'll never walk alone. I think it was the Hennessy. And would he cope with the water jump and he didn't? But then he went on and won the old three mile handicap chase on day one at the shop and first of all. That same season, I believe. And if you asked Barry garrison, he'll tell you that he was one of the most naturally talented horses that he ever wrote. He stayed in Ireland to write him, as opposed to go to the UK on boxing day. Saint Stephen's day. He was an immensely talented race horse. But water jumps weren't for him because we don't have them here. So that idea can that be put forward to race course authorities may score executives that if you want to keep water jumps, that's fine, but put them in front of the sentence or have or leave them in front of the sands don't have them down the back where they're not actually really going to be. It's great for a photographer and it's great for the cameras, but that's about it. Well, in fairness, you know, quite a few courses have taken their water jumps out. And a couple of them have changed the nature of the obstacle. For example, huntingdon and at sand down, the water jump at halfway down the back straight of sand, and it's not actually a water jump anymore. This is quite new. This seat, I think it's this season. And they've got this cover. It kind of looks like it's very blue water, but it's got this blue cover. But there's no lip on it. And this is the issue, I think, you know, for horse puts down at the water jump, particularly doesn't quite reach the other end as possibly was the case. This is speculation. You don't know, but that's the way it looked. If they just catch the lip, then they can they can get injured. And I spoke to Andrew Cooper, actually, the clinical course of sand and about it. And I said, well, if you're going to take the water at why don't you put in another fence at that point? And he said, well, statistically, there'll be more fallers. If they put in another fence, and they do need an obstacle probably at that point because the horse is probably just a bit too, might be racing a bit too quickly going on to those three railway fences. So they made this compromise with keeping a notional water jump, but it's not actually a.