Punters and pundits all around the country are furious at the so called “draw bias” in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket racecourse.
Several respected pundits have proclaimed “the eventual winner Magna Graecia is top class, but he’s effectively won a 3 runner race”. That statement a bit harsh, don’t you think? They should be giving this Aidan O’Brien winner a bit more admiration for his blood-less triumph.
Unquestionably the nineteen Jockeys contesting in this Group one contest should have acknowledged any track bias beforehand. If not, this is surely their own negligence to the law of averages and something their connections must confront.
“I’d be slight infuriated if I was throwing my hard-earned money into a runner in this race and he wasn’t given a fair crack at the whip”.
Would the result of this race be any different if they all went to the stands-rail? Perhaps not nevertheless at least if you got a run for your money you’d be more contented with a loss.
The only three jockey who persisted over the stand-rails were Donnacha O’Brien, Sean Levey and James Doyle and for their initiative passage they were rewarded with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings. It’s not rocket science the remainder of the field were disadvantaged by an error of judgement.
The margins of difference in this race is obvious to see that going the conflicting route was an erroneous move by all, excluding the top three finishers. Was this Group One race a farce? only time will tell.