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Clare’s Eclipse antics straight out of the Jeremy Kyle Show
Coral’s official mouthpiece (official job-title PR Director), Simon Clare, certainly never goes down without a whinge. In fact he seems to thrive on generating controversy for himself. Here’s the comments he made following a stewards enquiry which prolonged the eventual official result of this year’s Group 1 Coral-sponsored Eclipse Stakes:
“It was deeply frustrating and completely incomprehensible that the stewards' inquiry should take so long given the very clear and sensible interference rules in place in this country. That delay had a significant, negative impact on the proceedings at the track and the audience at home.
“It completely took the edge off the celebratory moment for connections of landing the Coral-Eclipse, and by the time the big-race presentation was eventually able to take place it was played out to a handful of spectators and a polite, muted hand-clap.”
Clare continued: “Coral invests a significant six-figure sum to sponsor the Coral-Eclipse and the big-race presentation is one of the showcase moments of the sponsorship, yet the unfathomable delay to the inquiry meant our presentation wasn't shown on ITV, which is desperately disappointing.”
I’m no fan of British horseracing stewards, who generally come from well-to-do background and have some-kind of title before their name, such as ‘the right honourable’. But suggesting interference is not fully investigated in a Group 1 or any other race for the sake of rushing along trophy presentation shows a distinct lack of intelligence.
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Hey, to show some real class, Clare often rolls-out Jeremy Kyle to present trophies on Coral’s behalf. That’s the same guy that that rounds-up smack-head, hookers and mentally troubled guests and invites them to make idiots of themselves before a television audience.
Here’s an idea, why not run an episode featuring a few ‘Lord & Lady’ British horseracing stewards, some Coral’s punters from a deprived inner-city betting shop, Clare himself and a representative from Gamblers Anonymous? That would make for some interesting debate.
Of course, Clare has previous. In 2011 he was unhappy about the Eclipse starting at 3.10pm, way too early for his liking and grounds for more ‘toys out of the pram’ headline grabbing. What will 2019 bring?
Cadby an each-way play
Talking of loud mouths, you can find some great footage of 23-year-old darts player Corey Cadby on Youtube. But, argumentative nature apart, this is a player on the up-and-up; he finished second in 2017 Auckland Masters, has regularly won matches with 100+ averages and was runner-up in the UK Open in March of this year.
The Australian, a former World Youth Champion, can and should be backed at 20/1 each-way for this weekend’s Melbourne Darts Masters. He only needs to win three matches to make the decider and he has winning form against most of the sport’s biggest names.
Corey Cadby Melbourne Darts Masters 20/1 each-way BetVictor