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Letter: Indictment.

A Kennedy accuses Godolphin of hoodwinking the punter over big-race targets

KEVIN HARNETT (Letters, February 4) omits to mention in his letter about Aljabr the single most damning indictment of the Godolphin operation, namely that its racing manager and spokesman, Simon Crisford, stated quite clearly after the colt's victory at Longchamp in September that Aljabr "will be back for the 2,000 Guineas next May".

He did not say "might" and he did not use the phrase "all options are open". Anyone reading those words could have drawn just one conclusion: that a fit and well Aljabr would go to post at Newmarket on May 1. What is the point of having an official spokesman if what he says is not to be relied upon?

I too have money on Aljabr and, like Kevin Harnett, I accept that ante- post betting is a risky business.

But I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that for all Sheikh Mohammed's fine words in his famous Gimcrack speech about his and his family's regard for the British racegoer, they in fact hold us in contempt. I hope I am wrong-and not just for the sake of my wallet.

A KENNEDY

Barnsley
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Kennedy, A
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 5, 1999
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