There is no way that Diore Lia, a far inferior filly, should be taking her place in one of the most prestigious Flat races under an extremely inexperienced jockey
THERE is no reason why Diore Lia, a filly lacking much ability, and apprentice Gina Mangan can’t take part in the world’s Premier Classic, the Investec Derby.
The rules state they can. The rules are crass.
There is nothing romantic about this, and whether it’s for charity or not is irrelevant.
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This is one of the most important sporting events on planet earth. It’s designed to sort out who is the best of the best.
It’s not there for charity or fun or to give a horse with little ability a happy day out round Epsom.
The story of Diore Lia
- Diore Lia has beaten just four horses home in two starts.
- The owners say they are running the horse for charity and will donate their prize-money to Great Ormond Street Hospital – but it is unlikely to pick up any money.
- Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam has voiced her concerns over the filly running and the owners have since removed the horse from her stable and transferred her to John Jenkins’ yard
- She will be ridden by Gina Mangan who hasn’t ridden a winner in Britain – she won one race at Roscommon in 2009
Chelsea don’t field League Three players in the Premier League, England don’t play Cricket against the West Indies with non-cricketing grandmothers, and Wimbledon does not accept tennis players who can’t hit the ball.
So why does racing allow a horse who has virtually no ability in the Derby?
Of course Derby runners should reach a certain rating to take their chance. You could make that 80, 90 or 100. But not 52 like Diore Lia.
Maidens should be allowed to take part – a Classic placed horse can be a maiden.
But the simple fact is Aidan O’Brien will run pacemakers in the Derby with double the ability of Diore Lia.
This is not a joke race. It deserves respect. The BHA shows the race no respect by letting this situation happen.
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It’s all so simple. Yet racing in its usual way makes itself a laughing stock of world sport.
Get a grip people. This is the Derby. The Derby at Epsom with millions of pounds at stake.
Not a donkey derby on Brighton beach.