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    FOR those who think they are experts on assessing horses, please note multiple Group race winner San Carlo is overrated. If you wish to... This is exactly why San Carlo is “overrated”

    FOR those who think they are experts on assessing horses, please note multiple Group race winner San Carlo is overrated.

    If you wish to know how I came to this conclusion it’s because his trainer Stephen O’Donoghue said so!

    By now my previous article has gained thousands of hits, with most comments on social less than complimentary.

    But I knew by publishing the report as per the trainer’s vision I was putting my neck in a noose.

    Operating under the “any publicity is good publicity” theory, the “over-confident” O’Donoghue requested such a piece about his stable flagship following the eight-year-old’s win in yesterday’s Warragul Cup.

    O’Donoghue’s “overrated” view comes on the back of some media representatives consistently questioning San Carlo’s position among the top echelon.

    The son of Mach Three has a ‘somewhat average’ record of 28 wins and nine placings from 48 starts for earnings of $468,348 and has performed admirably at Grand Circuit level.

    “Sometimes it is good to get people talking…any publicity is good publicity,” O’Donoghue said. “In other sports such as footy the media can say ‘he isn’t playing well and should be dropped’ or in the gallops the media can say a jockey ‘isn’t riding well or a horse is out of form or overrated’.

    “We don’t get that a lot in harness racing yet it gets people talking.

    “Take that diving incident in the footy the other week, it had radio stations which may not do a lot about footy talking about football.

    “Someone in England said Winx isn’t that good and off went the talk shows – gallops got a heap of publicity out of it!”

    Along with his plans of taking San Carlo to Queensland for the Winter Carnival in July, O’Donoghue is considering the Len Smith Mile on June 30, but the horseman isn’t sure if he will contest the Group One “because Menangle horses are too fast for us”.

    “How good’s that. My wife (Anne) showed me a comment, and a friend rang from Queensland,” O’Donoghue said 20 minutes after publishing. “Well done.

    “I haven’t told Anne I got you to write it this way and the best part is I’m not telling anyone I spoke to you!”

    For the record, I did have one request before agreeing with O’Donoghue’s article angle  – he had to make driver Rebecca Bartley aware of his tactic…if he didn’t, sorry Beck!

    As for the abusive comments on social media (granted some were expected), just like Harness Racing Victoria’s #bekindtoyourdriver remember to #bekindtoyourjournalist

     

     

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