Monday 20th July, 2020

A beautiful morning as the horses go through their paces around the Cotswolds following an easy Sunday.

An exciting weekend of racing with another Irish classic won by Ger Lyons and Colin Keene with Even So.  The daughter of Camelot certainly improved for the step up in trip and looked a good winner of the race.

Yesterday’s Super Sprint went to new owners of Richard Hannon’s with Happy Romance.  The McMurrays have had a great introduction to racehorse ownership and their story should be widely told.

Sad for jumping that Sir Graham Wylie is taking a break from the sport.  He has had great success over recent years but he sadly lost three of his string which must have been extremely hard to take.  He is a great guy who conducts himself very well and let’s hope he and his wife Andrea return soon.

This weekend sees one of the great races of the summer in the King George at Ascot, with Enable heading for yet another Group 1 victory.  She ran a cracker in the Eclipse and let’s hope she runs to her best form on Saturday.

Those of you old enough will remember Gorytus.  He looked an outstanding two-year-old before running inexplicably badly in the Dewhurst under much suspicion.  Ironically yesterday’s two-year-old winner of the same name may well go for the Acomb Stakes at York, which was won by his infamous namesake.   Not sure if I think it should be allowed to re-use such names even though it was nearly forty years ago.