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12th May 2022

Plus 6 and dry when driving in. A stunning start to the day..

It was not dry driving to Worcester yesterday, but it was once I arrived.

No runners to worry about so I was able to probably enjoy a really good day out..

Firstly many were shocked to see me, especially when I did not have a runner. Cornelius Lysaght, Mathew Delahooke and Martin Jones were hugely surprised to see me.. even more so was Clerk of the course Nessie Chanter ... but it was for a very good reason… The Rory Daly sponsored race..

Rory Daly, who bless him has not been well, was there with all his family and friends.. Wife Sarah and children Olivia, Harvey, Lola and Fleur. 

Rory's mates Pete Gwilliam and Ashley with the help of Rory's brothers St John and Charlie along with Steve set up the idea of a sponsored race and with the help of Worcester, yesterday made for a day that was going to be enjoyed, and that they certainly did.

Two big tables in the Severn Restaurant where the food surpassed my expectations and the service was brilliant and very friendly..

We started lunch before the first race and left to judge the best turned out  and watch Rory’s race, and that was followed by winners presentations. Then back upstairs to enjoy the rest of the afternoon..

I was not planning on staying long, but I so enjoyed my afternoon that I left just after the last.. I survived 8 races and time flew.. Rory’s family were brilliant and we laughed, joked and had a thoroughly brilliant day.. One that Rory enjoyed and we enjoyed too..A well organised day by Steve Skinner and Ashley Tabony.. Thanks for asking me..

A rarity.. a great day at Worcester races..

Thursday morning and a quiet one.

Stewart Wright was here third lot to see his three KBRS horses Tantoli, Charming Getaway and Phantom Getaway.

Fontwell has 36 runers today..and are compensating racegoers.. Does not read well.. Sadly for Fontwell and many other racecourses, because of this long dry spell, ground is a big issue and trainers trust re ground descriptions.. When you hear or read comments of jockeys coming back in after riding saying it rode faster than forecasted then you probably understand the problem..

More of a problem is this bit of news.. Low crowds at York.. Sadly I feel the pandemic has taken its toll.. Many have become used to watching racing on TV and the cost of travelling and having fun is hitting pockets..