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   Leoncavallo runs at Market Rasen Friday

Jump racing is back!  I thought the return of National Hunt racing went well at Southwell last week so congratulations to all those involved in getting action back underway, once again I think everyone has done a good job.  After a few days break it is great to have some more regular action return this week.  I have a few runners at Uttoxeter today, Teaser runs at Newton Abbot on Tuesday and then Lady Reset and I’lletyougonow are in action over hurdles at Stratford on Wednesday.

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Another week as past and we are another week closer to the returning of some jumping action at Southwell on 1st July, the first meeting back.  With that in mind Tom Scu and David Noonan were both in riding out this morning and long with Fergus Gillard we have done some schooling with the horses.  After a very dry couple of months we saw some welcome rain last week which has seen the grass turn back green and it is good going underfoot.  When I say we had some rain last week, we had a lot in quite a short space of time! 

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    Jockey Jason Watson rode Leoncavallo

Leoncavallo ran a super race at Sandown on Saturday, beaten a nose in a photo finish.  He was making his stable debut for the Value Racing Club and was having his first start on the flat since 2016. Jockey Jason Watson was having his first ride for me as well and he rode a good race.  He broke from the stalls well, travelled nicely behind the leaders throughout before Jason asked him to quicken on as they entered the straight.  He hung slightly to the right towards the finish which did not help his cause but he battled well and only just lost out on the nod.  He will probably appreciate an even stiffer test of stamina on the level having already won over two miles before but I am really looking forward to getting him out over hurdles later this summer.  He as a really likeable attitude and loves his racing.  I just wish I had had my camera with me yesterday morning as he went out for some grass in a little paddock; he was absolutely covered in mud from head to toe and he had a lovely time out there!

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                Jacbequick Retired

One week on from racing return I think we can all look back and take immense pride from the way in which our sport has returned, the first back since it was all stopped due to the pandemic.  All eyes were on the racing world after the Cheltenham Festival has received widespread criticism for going ahead.  I think great credit must go to the whole team of people involved in getting racing back up and running as quickly and efficiently as they have.  There has been some great action already and Newmarket provided some high class entertainment over the weekend.  I thought ITV racing did a great job with their coverage and viewing figures for the entire meeting were up compared to last year.  Let’s hope we are managing to attract a few new fans to our sport.

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       Teaser - Our First Runner Back

I am delighted to be writing today with racing being back for the first time at Newcastle this afternoon.  There has been some great work behind the scenes to make this happen and we have the privilege of being the first sport back in action.  I saw Martin Cruddace, an owner at Pond House and ARC chief, and Hayley Turner on Good Morning Britain this morning and they were doing a brilliant job of explaining how racing is going to work behind closed doors.  I think it is great opportunity to try and attract a wider audience to our sport being the first one back on the TV and hope as an industry we make the most of this window.  As long as things run smoothly and everyone sticks to the new protocols then I should see no reason why this should not happen and there is some cracking racing to look forward to at the weekend.

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This time next week, all being well, we could be set for our first day’s racing since it was stopped in March.  We have been receiving lots of guidance from the BHA about protocols and PPE to ensure everyone follows strict guidelines.  There is an online course that staff have to complete if they will be attending race meetings as well as health screening forms and temperatures will be taken of everyone arriving at the racecourse.  Failure to complete any of these steps will mean they will be prevented from entering the racecourse.  We were used to doing it for the horses last year when we had the equine flu and so now we will have to get used to doing it for humans!

We have also received a provisional fixture list that runs up until the end of August. The first scheduled jumps meeting is at Southwell  on Wednesday 1st July with one the day after as well although that venue is yet to be confirmed – it is likely to be in Wales or Scotland but they are waiting for further government guidance before confirming.

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            Delface & Mr Clarkson

There have been significant developments in the last week in the racing world with regards to the resumption of racing in this country.  Everyone is now focusing on a return to flat action behind closed doors on 1st June at Newcastle.  A programme of race meetings and races has been released for the first eight days while they are hoping to produce the fixture list for the rest of June by the end of this week.  There is a big weekend planned for 6th/7th June with the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas scheduled to take place while Royal Ascot will take place on its original dates 16th – 20th June.

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