Some come as big, strong, broken horses who have been backed and ridden without any thought of starting stalls
, some come from other trainers and some come from abroad, where McCririck naively believes the trainers are better.
Turbo Linn still needs the kid glove treatment at the start but at least she got into the starting stalls
unlike another favourite, Escape Route, who dumped jockey Robert Havlin and had to be withdrawn before the mile handicap.
SOME progress appeared to be made yesterday in the controversy surrounding the new Steriline starting stalls
which are in use at 17 of Britain's 35 racecourses.
RACING at Hamilton Park yesterday was thrown into chaos after a section of the starting stalls
overturned after the fourth race.
DUNDALK has been assured there will be no repeat of last Friday's strike carried out by starting stalls
handlers tomorrow night after a meeting between their representatives and Horse Racing Ireland, writes Jessica Lamb.
FLOODED The starting stalls
look marooned at Down Royal yesterday MISERABLE Officials keep races going
Five of the eight races on last Wednesday's turf card at the Surrey track were abandoned on safety grounds after jockeys expressed concern at the condition of one section of the track, while another area was damaged when starting stalls
Warwickshire were sent reeling as Norfolk rocketed out of the starting stalls
in the Middleton Cup inter-county bowls championship semi-finals at Worthing.
Day two of the charity tipping contest in support of Prostate Cancer UK proved a little less fruitful than day one but David Williams of Ladbrokes managed to make his way out of the starting stalls
after selecting The Gold Cheongsam at 11-4.
THE Turf Club's Appeals & Referrals Committee will tomorrow inquire into the failure of the new Italian starting stalls
at Cork last month when the Ballyogan Stakes had to be started by flag.
Rain had turned the going to heavy and officials were forced to dispense with the starting stalls
for all eight races.
Anniversaries: 1623: Death of Pope Gregory XV; 1822: Death of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; 1823: Death of Scottish painter Sir Henry Raeburn; 1836: Birth of Birmingham politician and social reformer Joseph Chamberlain; 1889: Last bare-knuckle world heavyweight boxing contest took place in Richburg, Mississippi; 1961: Angela Mortimer beat Christine Truman in first all-British women's singles final at Wimbledon since 1914; 1965: Starting stalls
used for first time in Britain in Chesterfield Stakes at Newmarket; 1967: Death of actress Vivien Leigh; 1985: Death of Frank Hampson, creator of Dan Dare.