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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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      Extra Mag & Brinkley Out at Grass

Another week has passed and while Boris’ speech did not give any clues as to when racing might resume I believe we will find out more in the next couple of days.  The government will hopefully put some ‘meat on the bones’ to the Prime Minister’s speech and give further details of its road plan later today and when the Resumption of  Racing group have met as well we should find out more.  Fingers crossed we may get a date when the flat will be able start sometime this week.  My three children watched his speech with us last night and were all left a little disappointed.  They were hoping to hear about sleepover’s and when they might be able to go shopping next and it is really hard to explain to Martha (4) that these things would not be happening for a while!

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Days seem to be passing by quite quickly despite a relative lack of things to entertain us which I guess is a good thing!  There are still plenty of jobs going on at Pond House and I am managing to keep out of trouble!  The kids are settled into their home schooling routine and although it is quite stressful for Leanne things are going pretty well and she is doing a great job.

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                 Brinkley at Sunset

Another week has passed and thankfully we sort of remain in our own little bubble at Pond House.  Life continues relatively normally, while things outside are of course nowhere near normal.  Thankfully all the staff and horses remain healthy and everyone I speak to fortunately seems relatively untouched by something that has brought so much disruption and heartache to many. 

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