Monday 22nd June, 2020

Certainly a memorable Ascot and well done to all concerned for a fantastic meeting in difficult circumstances.   There were many highlights including Stradivarius and Battaash who emphasised the popularity of a flat horse if it stays in training for a few seasons.  Dettori is a credit to all 49 year olds and we will hopefully enjoy getting back into our morning suits next year.

A particular mention should also be made of the jockeys at Royal Ascot on Saturday, who donated their riding fees to the NHS in recognition of their hard work during the covid-19 crisis and for the outstanding care they provide to injured jockeys.  Well done to Martin Dwyer for coming up with the idea.  It puts our sport in a very good light and let us hope we continue to show the public what a generous and charitable group of people racing folk are.

Enjoyed listening to Mark Johnston’s Desert Island Discs yesterday on Radio 4.  A fascinating account of his remarkable racing life, although his taste in music could not be considered to be too deep.  It did amuse me that should he be put on a desert island, he would quite enjoy that.  I could name a few others that would also enjoy the fact.