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Some of the seeming faint-heartedness that so irks them is perfectly appropriate quality control by editors wanting to get things right.
On an afternoon when incessant rain was accompanied by howling winds, the Philip Hobbs-trained winner belied his reputation for faint-heartedness by winning for the first time in 15 months, albeit helped by last-fence blunders from both Black Optimist and odds-on Beyond Control.
Now we learn - via a leaked report - that attempts to address riot-torn Bradford's problems have been undermined by faint-heartedness.