Accusation Against McDonald Spurs Our Nostalgia

In a code where shenanigans are not rare, the recent dust up between the Racing NSW stewards and punter Glenn Pollett over comments Pollett made about James McDonald was not exactly reality-altering news.

Pollett says that McDonald was betting on the horses McDonald was riding in racing.

Pure and simple, this is a no-no and you would think that McDonald would go to extreme measures to make sure there was not the slightest hint of scandal.

McDonald has history agasint him, though.

He was suspended for 18 months four years ago for betting on Astern when that horse won the Group 2 Run To The Rose at Rosehill.

Comes with the territory and it often comes down to a coin flip when it is time to determine whether it is flats racing or professional boxing that has the seamiest reputation for mucking around in pursuit of ill-gotten gains.

As for us, no one can accuse of not loving a good scandal, but there is Group racing this weekend to consider.

Doomben launches its carnival with the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, the Group 2 Champagne Classic, the Group 3 BRC Chairman’s Handicap and the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate.

Rough Habit has got to be one of the best names ever for a race. As for the horse, he was anything but a roughie, making 74 jumps and winning almost $4 million back in the late 80s, when winning a Group 1 race, in Rough Habit’s case, the Caulfield Stakes, was worth $130,000.

Purple Sector won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate last year and came away with $81,200. We will leave you to form your own conclusions about how much racing has changed between the Group 1 win by Rough Habit in 1994 and the Group 3 win by Purple Sector in 2019.

Certain scenarios, it seems, have remained constant.

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