Talking Horses: why a jockey’s words can’t always be taken at face value

If a jockey knows he’ll have to compete for the best strip of ground, it’s not in his interests to point out where it is

One of the tricky things about betting on horse racing is that we constantly need information but can’t put blind faith in those who offer it. This thought occurred to me at Newmarket on Saturday, when events on the track (taken together with recent racedays there) suggested there was a faster strip of ground up the stands’ rail.

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