I enjoy reading what jockeys think on Facebook and Twitter.
It makes us mug punters feel like we’re part of the family. Even if we’re at the table set aside for the kids.
They’re not allowed to tip, but every now and then we get pointed in the right direction.
I love how they support each other. For all the ribbing (and there’s plenty of that), they look after their mates. Especially when the going gets tough.
The likes of Nash Rawiller, Josh Parr, Ryan Wiggins and Luke Nolen are great value. The Pumper has a huge following too. You can hear them cheering when he pinches another one from out front.
Blokes who’ve been around a bit know how to keep the youngsters on track. Chris Munce is forever praising and encouraging. It must mean the world to an apprentice just starting out, to get praise from a legend.
It hasn’t always been like this. Not too many years ago, the only way we’d be able to connect with the little guys and girls would be through the Sunday papers. And even then, there’d be plenty of the same old stories.
“The favourite was just a bit too good on the day”.
“He’ll be tough to beat when he gets up to a mile”.
“He didn’t handle the going. Forget the run”. Blah blah blah.
That’s the beauty of social media. Follow the right people, and you’ll get to hear what they really think.
Imagine if Jim Pike had been on Twitter. Would he have given much away? Or would he have been working on getting a price for Big Red?
@JimPike1 .. Riding Phar Lap again today. The weight is a worry. And the boss has been working him hard. Sure, we won by 10 lengths last start. But he’s vulnerable. Just don’t tell the bookies. #cansomeonegetonforme?
Some of racing’s most famous moments may have been recorded differently. Bill Collins would have loved to be tweeting after the ’82 Cox Plate.
@BillTheAccurateOne .. Just to clarify, when I said Kingston Town couldn’t win, I was talking about the Melbourne Cup. He was ALWAYS going to win the Plate. #cansomeoneerasethetape?
The boys involved in the Fine Cotton debacle would have gone straight to twitter. And stuffed that up too.
@HaydentheGoose .. Bit of a mix up today guys. No harm done. Weren’t we silly billys! #cansomeonecharteracheapflight
If you’re a racing fan and you’re not on Twitter, you’re missing out. Get your kids to explain what to do, and be part of the fun.
You’ll be amazed at what you discover, from the biggest names in the industry. And you’ll have a laugh along the way.
Just don’t trust Jim Pike. I’m sure that Big Red horse goes better than he’s telling us.