Unlike Sal Perna and the stewards, Ken Callander smells a rat and is prepared to look back
Ken Callendar's weekly whine. He has been whinging and whining under the guise of "the punter's pal" for many decades now.
Who on earth backs a horse solely on their last run to the exclusion of all other form. Quickest way to the poor house.
Yes. Last start aweful. But you don't have to go back that far to find a 2nd in the G2 Naturalism Stks, a 5th in the Listed Heatherlie Stks and a 4th in the listed Warnambool Cup.
Start before last beat De Fine Lago by 3.5 lengths giving him 3.5 kg. Next start he is beaten 9.1 lengths giving FDL 5 kgs over same course/distance/track condition. You are entitled to swear if you backed him last start.
But why would the trainer travel all the way up to Grafton if he didn't think the horse was going to perform closer to his best form? Was he going up to see the Jacaranda trees perhaps?
Bad run last start, but as we always have been taught, you can forgive a horse one bad run.
Peter Mair and Ken Callendar are cut from the same cloth. Serial whingers always looking to overstate a negative.
I haven't read KC's column this week. Has he had his weekly go at the ATC? Last week, him and Chris Nic. carried on and on about Chris Waller not getting recognition on the day he broke the record. Chris N. even suggested they should have been handing out Chris Waller masks at the gate. Does he have "a few roos loose in the top paddock"?
A couple of things for Chris and Ken to note:
i) Chris Waller hadn't actually broken the record at the start of the day, and for all the ATC knew he might not have on that day. Masks would have looked pretty stupid if he didn't.
ii) They honoured him at the next available meeting after breaking the record, as any normal race club would do.
Quality of racing journalism is falling off the cliff in recent years.