Viva Rafa goes to Southwell on Sunday

Viva Rafa is declared at Southwell on Sunday in the 2 ½ mile handicap chase.  He ran well on his chasing debut at Hereford and hopefully he will put up a good performance on a track he has run well on before.  Tom Bellamy takes the ride having schooled him at home recently and hopefully the better ground will help, although ideally he could do with more of a test of stamina.

Delighted to attend the All Party Racing Committee’s charity dinner at the House of Commons last night.  As a guest of owner and MP Laurence Robertson, I had a very interesting evening sat next to J McCririck.  John is always great company and it was good to discuss politics with him and other racing subjects.

The evening raised money for Racing Welfare – a very worthy cause and it was excellent that so many MPs attended which helps focus parliament on many of racing’s issues.