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Hedgehoppers Afternoon

Good morning all,

Yesterday’s blog has certainly sparked some lively debate both on here and on the rest of social media, which was the idea behind it, so from that point of view I’m glad it worked. When I have a bit more time tomorrow morning I’ll reply to those of you who left comments personally, and I’d like to think one or two people who may well be in a position to do something about our current situation with on-course drinking might have read it and given them food for thought.

This year, as last year, I’ll be doing some community radio for Cheltenham (along with my good friend and colleague Cathryn Fry) when the racing is on, and as part of our remit we get to interview the course execs. We will both be pushing them again on this issue and keep pushing until we feel real progress is made. We need to get a real change in the way courses deal with this issue, and I don’t intend letting it lie at a blog.

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A Drink Problem

Good morning all,

Time to dust down the old blog and, after Saturday’s events, do a bit of a post about something that’s becoming a real problem in racing. It’s a heartfelt rant, so please bear with me. 

And God knows, it’s got enough problems without something else adding to it, but as someone that’s on a racecourse three or four times a week, the amount of fighting I’ve seen over the past year seems to have grown quite rapidly.

It’s not all the time, of course, and it’s not happening everywhere either. But it is spreading – for the first time ever I saw a scrap at Uttoxeter this Summer, on their Ladies Day, and then at the weekend, whilst working on the rails at Rasen, a scrap breaks out on the lawn in the County Enclosure late in the day. Little old Market Rasen, for goodness sake. We’ve come to almost expect it at Newmarket, or Ascot, or Chester. But Rasen? Blimey.

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Another Super Saturday

Good morning all,

It’s another cracking day’s racing to look forward to, with some quality contests in both codes today. For the Falt, there’s the Cheveley Park and Middle Park Stakes to look forward to, but I’m heading North to Market Rasen to take in Prelude Day and their Listed contests.

So on a day when there’s a bit of something for everyone, here’s the TV Guide for today’s C4 races.

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Early Season Treat

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Well, us jumps fans are getting a bit of an early season treat at Perth today as the Bumper Champions do battle – Moon Racer, the 2015 Champion Bumper winner, takes on Ballyandy, the 2016 winner, in what plenty are calling an early season trial for the Supreme Novices next year.

That, of course, is nonsense, unless for some inexplicable reason Cheltenham can’t race next March and the whole thing is moved to a tight, right-handed track (you can have 100-1 with me on that, and I know that’s not generous either, before you say so) but it will hopefully give us an insight as to where we are at this stage with these two very good horses. Continue Reading

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