Friday15th May, 2020

Racing is certainly doing what it can to get back up and running.  As long as government guidelines allow, the BHA has come up with flat fixtures from the 1st June starting at Newcastle followed by Kempton, Yarmouth and Newmarket with Lingfield, Haydock and Chelmsford also due to stage racing in that first week.

I am sure the heads of many at the BHA are spinning in an attempt to drive a balance of races for all concerned.  Inevitably prize money will be down but thanks to the levy board, it will be kept to a reasonable level considering the loss of revenue from gate attendance and betting.

I know a great deal of effort has gone into ensuring that racecourses will have all safety procedures covered and we wish everyone in the sport the best of luck with their endeavours.  Our summer jumpers and flat horses will soon be coming in from the paddocks having had a much needed grass break and hopefully by the time they are fit for the racetrack, there will be more fixtures on offer and jump racing will have returned.

I enjoyed a Zoom quiz last night thanks to owner Charlie Allan and it was good to beat my old school mate Jon Dadswell by one point.  Nine out of ten in the politics round won it for me and I would have had a clean sheet had I known more about Czechoslovakian leaders.

There have been many uplifting stories recently and one of my favourites was 91 year old grandmother, Margaret Seaman from Norfolk who has created the Knittingale Hospital thanks to her remarkable knitting skills.

Her past projects include Sandringham and thankfully young and old never cease to amaze us in these trying times.