AM I the only one who feels incredibly sorry for Luke Nolen? I can’t be, surely not!
Never before has an Aussie sporting triumph on English soil been met with such disregard and hatred.
I was wide awake on Sunday morning to watch Black Caviar stroll over the line at Royal Ascot for a win by the barest of margins.
Nolen essentially stopped riding the champion mare with about 100 metres to go and it almost cost him dearly.
I jumped on Twitter straight after the race and Nolen was getting verbally bashed from all quarters.
The man himself labelled his decision to ease up as a “brain fade”, but with the way everyone was carrying on, you’d think Black Caviar was well beaten.
The truth is that a win is a win regardless of the margin and Australia’s most dominant sporting figure has now extended her unbeaten run to 22.
It was clear to all watching that Black Caviar had very little left in the tank towards the end of the race, but even in that state it was still enough for her to win on racing’s biggest stage.
If anything, the tension that surrounded the photo finish will only add to the suspense when a film is inevitably made about Moody’s mare.
A well-earned rest is now on the cards before a decision is made about whether to retire her. Personally, I hope she continues, for a little while at least.
MORE QUESTIONS RAISED
Remember Origin I when Greg Inglis was awarded a try even though he knocked on thanks to a timely intervention from Robbie Farah?
Interestingly enough, a very similar situation arose on Saturday night when Penrith’s Lachlan Coote used his foot to stop Parramatta scoring in the corner.
It was correctly ruled no try and play resumed on the 20-metre line. But hang on, according to the standard set in Origin I, that’s a try, right? Well, no, it’s not.
Examples such as that only continue to highlight the blunder that was Inglis’s try at Etihad Stadium.
The inconsistency shown by NRL referees would be enough to confuse Albert Einstein.
Another thing is the constant use of the word “thriller” to describe matches that finish in golden point.
Admittedly, I’m not golden point’s biggest fan, but just because a match needed to be decided by a field goal shootout doesn’t make it a “thriller” by default.
KEWELL COOLS ON VICTORY
Sadly, Harry Kewell’s adventure in the A-League is over.
The Socceroos star decided not to renew his Melbourne Victory contract on the weekend after he decided to move back to the UK with his wife Sheree Murphy, whose mother is reportedly very ill.
Make no mistake, this is a big loss for soccer in this country – I thought Kewell did wonders for the league last season.
English second-tier clubs Blackburn Rovers and Bolton look likely destinations now.