Apprentice Chris Graham has some explaining to do over in WA for his ride in race 6 last Sat at Ascot on Pushin' Shapes.
I actually didn't see this one live and only went back after catching up on the 'twitter outrage' later that evening. Judge for yourself but the lack of vigor doesn't look good, an inquiry has been adjourned for a later date. Ironically I was super keen his ride in the last (Dark Choice) but was left scratching my head as the horse didn't fire a shot nor did he seem to make any effort to improve
Clearly something isn't right
Weirdest thing Gin -
I had a couple of dollars on his mount in the last. Don't follow WA racing that closely and so I watched his ride in the 7th race (didn't think to watch the 6th race) and thought the ride was only so-so so I didn't have much on.
His ride in the 7th race is exactly the same sort of "drop out to last" ride as the 6th race - compare the vigour however in Race 7 compared to Race 6.
And then. Guess where his mount settled in the last race!! Last early and 2nd last on the fence during the run. Just took a peek and the vigour was similar to Race 6.
I can understand why people are a bit upset but I'm wondering if this is a kid who needs a bit more time getting experience away from the city tracks before he is allowed to ride in town.
As for the tactics of dropping out?
Pushin Shapes has no regular pattern - either midfield or back in the field.
Cryptic Love always gets back and runs on
Dark Choice always gets back
Chris Graham has had 6 winners and 14 placings from his last 50 rides - that's pretty good.
I'll put all 3 in the blackbook with the comment "needs senior rider".