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THE ARMCHAIR JOCKEY; EXPERT WITNESS.

Byline: Matt Williams

Ride of the week

Neil Pollard

Bold Adventure, Wolverhampton

Most of the pros in the weighing room would have won on favourite Bold Adventure, but the win was especially poignant for Neil Pollard, who has endured an awful time over the last couple of years with complications arising from a broken pelvis, and he deserves plenty of credit for keeping going when others would have given up.

Apprentice ride of the week

William Buick

Relinquished, Brighton

Brighton can often be a tough track at which to make all and William Buick deserves special praise for getting the pace spot-on aboard Jeremy Noseda's filly. The result looks even better when you see Brighton specialist Seb Sanders rode the short-head runner-up, and even if the result had been the other way round, Buick would still be getting the write-up, as good rides don't always get rewarded with first place.

Bad day at the office

Fran Berry

Bucephalus, Navan

Berry wasn't to blame for the slow break, but he asked his mount to make up far too much ground from such an unpromising position, and the fact he finished such a close second owes more to the horse rather than the ride. Berry is a joy to watch when he gets it right, but this ride on a horse who should have won well must have been so frustrating for Bucephalus's backers.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2007
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