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HORSE RACING: WE'VE BEEN AD AGAIN BY BEAKS.

Byline: JOE PUNTER

WANTED: Visually impaired octogenarian suffering from vertigo to join party climbing north face of the Eiger minus crampons and ice axes.

No, I haven't been at the Lanarkhire Beaujolais again it's just that such a job advert would make as much sense as the Jockey Club's guidelines for their new director of security.

Everything seems to be in order until it gets to the part where it says they would prefer applicants for what is a highly sensitive post to have in-depth knowledge of betting patterns and the racing industry - but that's not a prerequisite.

It's up there with the geniuses who decided that anyone wishing to join the new Gaelic Media Advisory Board in Scotland doesn't require - yup, you've guessed - to speak the mother tongue.

The Jockey Club's ineptitude would be mind numbing if it were not for the fact that this is the same body who CUT Fergal Lynch's punishment for the alleged chair-wielding fracas at Ripon.

The Yorkshire track's stewards referred the case to them because they felt their maximum penalty of 14 days or a pounds 3,500 fine was too lenient.

So the JC immediately scunner their own field workers by "lashing" coachman Lynch with just six days off work despite a raft of evidence submitted to them claiming the incident had been severe enough to warrant a much stiffer sentence.

I have banged the drum about how hard it would be under a professionally competent ruling body to keep racing on the straight and narrow - because everyone knows a bit of villainy will always go on.

But when you don't even REQUIRE the man who should be seen to be cracking down on the cheats to have a Scooby's about the subject the job becomes impossible.

THE new all-singing, all-dancing bet-till-you-drop fixture list as scripted by Peter Savill's BHB will make betting shop staff feel like they have been to hell and back.

Many old hands are baling out because of the stress levels.

They complain there's not even time for a toilet break because they are so harassed dealing with the flood of Rapido, puggy addicts complaining, Cartoon Cavalcade etc - before they even handle real racing.

I get loads of complaints about not getting bets on in time but please, give the big boys pelters - they are the ones who won't employ sufficient staff to process the deluge of mince they pump out.

GOT a query? Write to Joe Punter, Sunday Mail Sport, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA. Or e- mail joepunter@sundaymail.co.uk
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 10, 2003
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