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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Weighed In: brilliant brothers, a serial loser comes good and the hokey cokey

Buywise and Leighton Aspell on their way to winning at Sandown on Saturday
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Performance of the week

There is something about us all that seems to intrinsically draw us towards a gallant loser.

The individual enters our consciousness due to their talent, frustrates us with their inability to deliver and then makes us cheer them to the rafters when vainly try to pursue glory; it’s racing’s version of Stockholm syndrome, perhaps.

Well, there are many who have found themselves going through these emotions with dear old Buywise (you call him that too), so wasn’t it wonderful to finally see him get an overdue moment in the sun when charging home in the veterans’ final at Sandown? Great credit to 14-year-old runner-up Pete The Feat, too.

Disappointment of the week

Adam Wedge made a silly mistake when bypassing a fence at Exeter on New Year’s Day and was rightly punished by the stewards for his error.

However, is a 21-day ban for the rider the correct way to go? This ban is right at the top end of what the stewards could have handed out and seems to place undue emphasis on the fact Wedge’s mount Report To Base was the odds-on favourite.

Wedge did wrong, he admitted as much and apologised, but the stewards probably got it wrong too.

Douvan: in and out and in again, maybe

Hokey cokey award

What’s it all about?

Douvan was in the Champion Chase, then he was out after failing to sparkle and now he appears to possibly be back in again – although that is still not for certain.

As we will see in the weeks ahead, the in-and-outs for the Cheltenham Festival will be increasingly active.

A delighted James Bowen on Welsh National winner Raz De Maree

Brilliant brothers award

It was quite a weekend for brothers Sean and James Bowen, who landed two of the features chases at Sandown and Chepstow.

Sean steered Speredek to success at Sandown and could well be aboard him again in the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot later this month.

And James, who is not yet 17, captured the headlines with his victory on veteran Raz De Maree in the Welsh Grand National.

Quote of the week

"Do you know the way men my age have a mid-life crisis? They buy a bicycle or something. This is my mid-life crisis, having nice horses. It's so much fun."

Amateur rider David Maxwell following his victory against the professionals at Sandown on Saturday.

Tweet of the week

Two months after announcing his retirement from race-riding George Chaloner has joined Pontefract racecourse as part of its management team.

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It was quite a weekend for brothers Sean and James Bowen, who landed two of the features chases at Sandown and Chepstow
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