Apr 24, 2018 -- 2:58PM, carrot1960 wrote:
If you watch the replay he appears to take a pull on his mount as he's going so well
Apr 25, 2018 -- 5:23AM, Ramruma wrote:
Townend said it was a split-second reaction but what was a split-second reaction? He slowed and had a good look round. Was that before the shout or in response to it? Did any other jockey *or spectator* hear a shout? Was one picked up on the RTE microphones?
If he'd looked round and saw the others to his left instead of right he in all probability would have kept riding. Seeing them on his right confirmed what he thought was the fence being bypassed.
Apr 25, 2018 -- 5:34AM, hulk23 wrote:
heard 'roaring' from his left. so the only thing on his left was one guy with a bobble hat next to the hedge (who later came onto the track to try and collect the riderless Monalee) and another guy standing next to him on the fence. after hat man comes back fence guy can be seen pointing at Townend and they appear to be having a heated debate about something - bit of finger pointing from fence man to hat man before fence man walks away ....
Pretty sure one of the fellas at the hedge was from a certain other stable
Apr 25, 2018 -- 5:07AM, cloone river wrote:
Further to the enquiry into an incident approaching the last fence involving Al Boum Photo (FR), ridden by Paul Townend and Finian’s Oscar, ridden by R.M. Power, the following is a summary of the evidence given by both riders. The summary will be appended to the enquiry report.In his evidence, R.M. Power outlined what occurred. He said that he was coming to win his race before the last and was carried out. He described the incident as unfortunate and said he had no idea why it happened. He said he was not aware of any reason which would indicate that the fence was being bypassed.In his evidence, Paul Townend said that he was riding with his head down between the last two fences and heard roaring on his left which caught his attention. He thought he had to bypass the fence but didn’t know which side to bypass on. He panicked and commenced his move to bypass the fence on the right side but then realised there was nothing on the fence to indicate a bypass was needed and tried to correct his actions but it was too late. He accepted in hindsight that there were no bypass procedures in place. He said he made a genuine mistake and apologised for what occurred.
BUT......Why did Townend NOT come straight out to the press last night and make that statement ???
Why leave it til this morning !
At least the Australian cricket team admitted cheating....and took there punishment....This cheat wont and it will be forgotten in a few weeks.
Just shows how crooked racing is .....