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31/1/2003 edition

Sky Racing:
John Tapp is Missed

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3. Following the 1300 metres Open Handicap Jo McKinnon said:

"Number eight, Periscope too good for them in race five at Rosehill. A good ride there, too, by Darren Beadman, electing to go to the front and stack them up and dictated the pace until the finish."

Wrong.

Darren Beadman set a solid tempo and did not try to stack the field up. The field was well spread out because of the speed being set. Did Jo McKinnon see that when she watched the race?

Periscope won in the time of 1.15.76 which was only 0.68 outside the track record. You don't run those times with the jockey setting a slow tempo trying to stack up the field.

The time run adds merit to Periscope's win as the 4YO gelding also had to cross from barrier eight in the field of eight to take the lead.

Horses that lead throughout setting a solid tempo are well worth keeping a close eye on. Their wins have much more merit than a horse that leads with the jockey getting away with setting a slow tempo because of other jockeys' lack of initiative, turning the race into a sprint home over the last few hundred metres with the leader having the break on the field.
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