George Baker...Had A Few Quid On Voler Le Vadette

George Baker
Irons On Fire. An extraordinary horserace at Lingfield. A blanket covering the first four home. Or perhaps a large duvet.....
The photo finish going our way. A short head. "Irons" trading at 1000/1 in running on Betfair having been headed. Only to £1. But still, 1000/1 !! "Palpable error"??. To coin a Betfair phrase......
I was one of the people who happened to take advantage of the Voler le Vadette "28/1 in-running" glitch. Betfair in meltdown. And losing an enormous amount of credibility with their limp explanations. Betfair is one of the great success stories of the past decade. But is clearly an organisation that remains scarily fallible. The money traded daily comparable to several global Stock Exchanges. No margin for error. Yet error there still is.....
Back to Irons. Headed at the furlong pole. Game over. But Frankie MacDonald in inspired form. A hugely underrated jockey. Like so many "journeymen", dreaming of bumping into the good horse. I hope it happens. A good man. With an impish grin whenever our paths cross.....
Frankie struck up a good relationship with Maddy in Year One of this mad adventure. Maddy was not very good. But Frankie got on well with her. He listened. He got the job done. More than once.....
Our last two runners have been ridden by a "Frankie". One marginally more high profile than the other. Hopefully the marginally less famous Frankie will find his good horse one day....
Always good to get the first winner of the New Year. Onwards.....
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