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Julie Alexander - conspiracy theorist or good tipster?

Julie Alexander – conspiracy theorist or good tipster?

Tellytrack presenter Julie Alexander’s suggestion on the First Call Show for today’s Vaal meeting that a horse should be included in anticipation of a tactical jockey switch may have been said in jest – but was it really funny?

In an environment of private jokes and tongue-in-cheek digs, the comment has the potential to create unecessary confusion for punters who are really more interested in finding the winners.

“I am including She’s A Tiger in the sixth race as Bennie Dean has been booked but Louis Goosen could put Piere Strydom up. He has done that before,” quipped Julie.

The host of the show Neil Andrews looked somewhat bemused and made reference to conspiracy theories before extricating himself by saying ” We are not going to incur Louis’ wrath for that are we?”

Joke or no joke, the very suggestion that a trainer would purposely engage a lesser jockey and then switch to a far more capable rider on raceday is not good for the game.

And making the assumption that your entire audience is on your wavelength is also dangerous.

The deduction that Goosen was supposedly up to no good is a reasonable one from what she was saying.

The show appears to have been recorded on Monday afternoon for broadcast and the jockey change as ‘predicted’ by Julie was made at 20h12 yesterday evening on the sahorseracing website.


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