The Lesters – Flat Ride of the Year 2012 contenders

Richard Hughes - Ride of the Year 2011 winner

Richard Hughes - Ride of the Year 2012

The 23rd annual Lesters awards take place next week. Supporters of racing, and more specifically, readers of the Racing Post, have been voting to choose the winner of the Flat Ride of the Year award, which lists Paul Hanagan and Tom Queally amongst its earlier winners. Here we take a brief look at the first two of the nominations.

I’ve been specific in giving details of the relevant races so that if you want to see them you can call them up on the Sporting Life, Racing Post or At The Races sites.

1. Freddie Tylicki – Chapter Seven

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Tylicki’s ride on Chapter Seven in the Betfred Royal Mile Handicap at Musselburgh on 7 April was one in which a win came about as a result of holding his nerve and taking his one opportunity. Tylicki was drawn in stall 11 in a field of 12, and almost left in front in a race where nobody wanted to go on. He certainly didn’t and quickly took his mount to the inside at the back of the field. They stayed there and with three furlongs to go he was still in last place, as the horses began to fan out across the track.
Tylicki decided his way to the front was up the inside rail. He waited for a gap, pushed Chapter Seven through and took the lead in the final 10 yards, without any use of the whip.

2. Michael O’Connell – Qubuh

I can’t say that either Michael O’Connell or Qubuh have crossed my radar before, and there’s no obvious reason why they would do so again. As the RP put it, Qubuh “seems to need a mix of cajoling and driving”, and they could also have said that the horse needs to learn to run in a straight line. A 6f race doesn’t give you a lot of time to sort out the direction of travel, and Qubuh veered off to the right on leaving her outside berth in the Cancer Research UK Claiming Stakes at Hamilton on 6 May. Soon he had ducked left, but with two furlongs left O’Connell sent him to the front, and despite being headed inside the final furlong, he responded to O’Connell’s urgings to get back up by a head. Perhaps it was a case of everything falling into place that day. Qubuh ran another five times last season, beating just one horse home in three of them, and finishing 7/10 and 8/10 in the other two.

We’ll take a look at the other two contenders tomorrow.

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2 replies
  1. cutler43 says:

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    John Cutler

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi Jean

      I’ve heard of this with other companies but not racebets. Essentially, they all do this ‘know your customer’ thing, which means they ask for id as they have you. It’s annoying when it’s ‘your turn’ but a lot of people have this at some point or other.


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