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The winter team back on the gallops at Pant Wilkin

Yesterday’s meeting at Market Rasen was the last jumps racing for ten days, with the National Hunt break continuing through until Newton Abbot on Wednesday 12th August.  I have been very pleased with the start we have made to the 2015/16 campaign, with 20 winners already on the board, leaving us in 8th place in the National Trainers’ Championship.

Whilst the break means it will be a quiet ten days for us on the racecourse, with the likelihood of just a couple of runners on the flat, it will be business as usual in the yard, as our winter team are now back in work and gearing up for the months ahead!  With so many young horses in the yard, it is a very exciting time and a few of them appear to have doubled in size in the past couple of months!

The Monday Story

The retirement of Richard Hughes, Champion jockey on the flat for the past three years, has been headline news in the racing press in recent weeks and he received a fine ovation send-off from the crowd at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday.  Whilst not a household name like Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore, it was still very pleasing to hear his retirement mentioned on Talksport’s breakfast show this morning, though it is fair to say Alan Brazil (a big racing fan) would have had something to say about his stand-in’s comments.

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Richard Johnson?

The presenter, having praised the success of the 27 year career Hughes enjoyed in the saddle, went on to remark that it was a strange idea for the jockey to retire shortly after the retirement of the great jockey A P McCoy, with a maiden title surely there for the taking now that AP is out of the way.  Having mentioned how often Hughes had finished a gallant runner-up to McCoy in the jockeys’ title, it is fair to assume that perhaps he was getting his codes, and Richards, mixed up…!  Interviewee Hayley Turner, quite diplomatically, decided against correcting him.