Racing is seven days a week and the only two days this year when no racing is scheduled to take place are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Not that jockeys can afford to indulge during the festive period as with a traditionally packed racing programme comprising seven jumps meetings and one all-weather fixture in Britain, there’s no scope to indulge in Christmas pudding!
Even if a stable doesn’t have runners over the festive period, the horses still need feeding, mucking out and grooming, so in that respect, Christmas Day is just another day. While many horses up and down the land will not be on the gallops, the horse walkers still get plenty of use and for those horses who are due to run over the holiday period, many will be on the gallops as the trainers put the finishing touches to their preparation.
Spare a thought for the stable staff, many of whom will be working tomorrow and on Boxing Day and for those who do get time off, they will invariably be working over the New Year period.
Dean Ivory is enjoying a successful end to the year with four winners this month already and with several entries this week, he could add to that tally. The yard has had a fantastic season with 37 wins to date and record prize money for the fifth year running with the current total running just below £900,000.
Solario Racing does not have any runners over the Christmas period but two-year-old Spring Romance is being prepared for an all-weather campaign next year before the start of the turf season. He looks all the better for his autumn break and is in fine fettle.
Whatever your plans over the coming week, a peaceful and enjoyable Merry Christmas!