Sunday, January 09, 2011

Telling it as it is...

John McCririck just didn't appear in one of his better moods on Saturday's Morning Line.

At one juncture the pundit sought to make the point that Tony McCoy 'told it as it was' in his column in The Daily Telegraph in contrast to Richard Johnson, formerly of The Times but now writing for The Daily Mirror. Whereas McCoy voiced his fears over the weight Synchronised had been allocated in the Welsh National, by contrast Johnson in his column said all his booked rides looked to have a nice chance etc. - in effect McCririck was making the point that Johnson's comments didn't really add value. Fair enough, but when taken to task by John Francome, McCririck blustered on, insisting that it was champ McCoy who 'told it as it was'.

Just under six hours later, McCoy rode Synchronised (carrying eleven stones six pounds) to victory in the Chepstow showpiece.

Trying to tell it as it is - not an easy thing to pull off in the racing game. Horses, as we know all too well, they make fools of you. As for McCririck - will he survive The Morning Line re-brand scheduled to hit our screens at the end of the month?

6 comments:

mully1 said...

Good read JP, ..don't push it! :)

Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to the revamp of 'The Morning Line' with eager anticipation.I am hoping they have some sort of 'set' which can travel with them instead of pitching up in the corner of wherever they happens to be, with a fancy flower arrangement added for good measure.We shall see what happens, but the queston is, will it make backing the winners any easier? YKH

mully1 said...

Sorry, I meant GD the other day. My best mate is know as JP.

GeeDee said...

No probs Mully - I thought you were getting me mixed up with with JP McManus. Easy enough mistake to make... I wish! ;)

Wayward Lad said...

McCririck gets a lot of stick for being outspoken, but at least he isn't as bland and sycophantic as some of the others on the show (Alastair Down, take a bow).
I'll forgive his indiscretions for making me laugh occassionally.

GeeDee said...

Fair point, Wayward Lad; sometimes though I think he's his own worst enemy.