The QRIC went live today on its promise to publish the TCO2 readings of swabbed horses racing on Queensland tracks.
This above it what it looks it.
A horse’s name, a trainer’s name, and a date.
No details at all of the reading level, no readings from any horse that has thrown up under 35, and just no point at all really.
The QRIC might as well not have bothered.
This is just ridiculous.
Aren’t the integrity officials aware that the name of the drenching game is to get a horse up to just under 35?
No-one wants to go any higher, because you lose your margin for error, and a level of 34.9 combined with the traffic lights tubes delivered by injection will do any cheat very nicely thank you very much, and give them a huge advantage over their opponents, particularly of the horse has been worked on the gas for weeks, and shockwaved up 1 or 2 nights before so it legs are number than your gums after a pre-filling Lidocaine shot at Dr Molars surgery.
That’s why Smerdon’s crew called them top ups Mr Steward, because the hard work’s already been done, and the raceday drench is just charging up the champers glass to make sure its 8/10th’s full so it doesn’t overflow.
Surely by now the QRIC people should have worked that no-brainer out. If they haven’t, then you’d really have to start asking yourself why we even bother having Stewards at all. We might as well make it a free-for-all.
The word is that the QRIC are going to introduce a pissweak, bastardised copy of the NSW and Victorian TCO2 compulsory early arrival on course next start for horses that blow over 35 at the RBT.
I say bastardised because in NSW they require suspects to turn up at Menangle at 10 in the morning on race days for their next six starts, and 4 hours before the scheduled time of their race at all other tracks.
Victoria’s policy is weaker, which is no surprise to anyone, because everything south of the Murray usually is. Down there the Stewards require the 35-plus swabbers to arrive on-course three hours prior to kick off time, but only for three starts instead of the six they have to in cockroach country.
The logic behind both measures is that the real deal drenches are stuck down horses throats about 2 hours before the race so that they can take maximum effect, so if you have them in the barn at the track under a watchful eye 3 or more hours earlier than they are due to race, they cannot be drenched.
Pigs arse they can’t. They just wait until the security guard or Steward goes to the dunny, whip out the bucket and hose they have hidden, pull the magic powder from out of their jocks, do a quick mix of the drench ingredients I detailed the other day when I published the Holbeck secret herbs and spices recipe on this site, and then bomb away. The whole process takes no more than two minutes, so it’s as easy as ABC.
The idea has some validity, but it’s really just fiddling around the fringes. What we really need to do if we are going to press forward with the idea of publishing the levels is exactly what the Kiwis do.
Publish them all.
It’s too late to collar a high carber who has blown over 35 the next time it goes around. They’ve already had their hit and run attempt at a prizemoney snatch and bookie bash. Next time is too late.
The Kiwis know that, and it is for this reason that they publish the results of ALL horses who have been tested either in or out of competition, and they don’t take them down after 28 days like the Wizards of Soz over here are going to. It would the entire purpose, which is to place public and peer pressure on trainers whose horses consistently blow high, with the end game being to shame and/or scare them into ceasing their despicable practices that deny honest people the chance to win races.
I never thought I would admit that New Zealanders do anything better than Aussie’s do, and generally they don’t. When it comes to doping horses and race cheating though, the Kiwis are in a class of their own.
Their prevention and detection methods are too.
Wake up to yourselves QRIC.
No-one excepts the drench pourers themselves wants horses running around charged up and artificially elevated to levels that give them huge unfair physical advantages over the rest of the class.
But we don’t want amateur hour either.
Here is how publishing levels is done.
It’s really not that hard at all.
We’re long odds of getting it here, and for one would love to know who has been kicking up about publishing the lot, and why.
I suspect that might might answer a whole lot of everyone’s questions, and maybe even assuage some of their genuine concerns.
Don’t hold your breath though.
You might turn blue.