Monday 1st May, 2017
Two runners today with Viva Rafa in the 4.05pm at Kempton and Sheelbewhatsheelbe in the 5pm at Warwick.
Viva Rafa has a soft palate operation again since his last run and hopefully this will bring about a return to form. The rains came overnight at Warwick for the ground to be safe for Sheelbe to take her chance in her first handicap. Killian Moore rides as Danny Hiskett is injured at present.
With the season finishing on Saturday it was great to see Dicky Johnson once again become Champion Jump Jockey. As ever, Dicky has never changed in the twenty odd years I’ve known him and it was great to celebrate his success with him at the Queens in East Garston on Saturday evening.
Two thrilling finishes to the trainers championships in Britain and Ireland with Henderson and Mullins narrowly coming out on top. But there is no finer ending to a season than seeing Menorah win his fourth Oaksey Chase under Dicky Johnson and then being immediately retired to the Johnsons farm. Hopefully it will be sometime yet before his jockey retires.