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BETTING ODDITIES blog: Pressing Jockeys

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly Monday blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.

DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist.ย His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.


As a professional sport with an important public image to both protect and improve, surely the age of surly jockey interviews has got to end?

The latest example below, which you can make your own judgement on (in balance there was divided support between presenter and jockey).

But it’s a bigger issue. ITV Racing have made a good start by interviewing ALL jockeys after major races and sometimes its more pertinent hearing the words of the defeated rather than the winner jockey (ground was perfect, always thought he was going to win blah, blah, blah).

I’d go a stage further and make press conferences COMPULSORY for all major races – just as tennis players, win or lose, have to speak to the press afterwards and often face, God forbid, critical questions.

Whether jockeys like it or not – the viewer quite often has a vested, rather than passing, interest in the sport.

Oisin Murphy has been the story of the flat season. Aside from his prowess in the saddle, what has really impressed is how much his confidence has improved as a communicator and orator of the sport in TV interviews. It helps everyone to learn more about the sport and closes down barriers.

… and a gold star this week to Racing TV for their feature interview with Messrs Fallon – senior and junior. Good questioning, relaxed environment and a compelling father and son narrative made it an engaging watch.


So, the Euromillions was finally won. A UK winner as well, picking up a staggering ยฃ170,221,000.

The winner has come forward to claim the prize but we’ll never find out who or where the ticket was bought, unless he/she/they agree to publicity and that for me is a 500/1 chance.

Why on earth would you want to publicise this ? I can’t see any upside – it can only lead to jealously, feuds, harassment and worse of all …… you might find out all your facebook friends try to become REAL friends after all.

As ABBA sang, The Winner Takes It All. Surely some better distribution to prize money should be sorted. Wouldn’t 170 x ยฃ1 million winners be better?


I’ve no political comment to make on climate change, not for this blog anyway. I just think, as someone who has worked in a newsroom, when a photo comes along like this – it really doesn’t need many words. It’s what they simply used to call a ‘picture story’. Just print the picture. Well done to the photographer. Right place, right time.

Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.

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