As Mourilyan goes around at Flemington this afternoon, spare a thought for the horse’s owner, who has been doing things a bit tough back in Chechnya in recent days. They play their politics tough in the Russian Caucasus and the Chechen’s race horse-owning President Ramzan Kadyrov was the subject of an assassination attempt just over a week ago.
RiaNovosti reports that Chechnya, which saw two separatist wars in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is being swept by a fresh wave of violence. Shootouts and attacks on troops, police and other officials have been reported daily and Kadyrov, a former separatist who fought against Russia in the first Chechen war but who now has pledged to end militancy in the country, occasionally leads police operations. His father, the previous leader of Chechnya, Akhmad Kadyrov, was assassinated in May 2004.
After looking at that picture, my advice to jockey G. Schofield is to make sure that he gives his mount every chance as his seems to be an owner you would not want to upset.