Final Deal, under a restructured partnership, and Isobel go to Windsor tomorrow afternoon for their five furlong Apprentice Handicap.
Evaporust and Isobel also return to the track for their first run since the middle of last September, at Lingfield on Tuesday afternoon; expect him to improve for his first run back and as we begin to go back up in trip with him.
Spirit of Rowdown was (unfortunately) eliminated from the Wolverhampton 0-65 Handicap on Tuesday evening; but Brazen Jesse and Nicola Currie will achieve a mark in the seven furlong Fillies Novice Stake later on the same card.
Born to Please and Dylan's Sea Song are both likely to run at Newton Abbot on Wednesday; we shall just have to keep an eye on the ground with rain forecast in the SW tomorrow but it is looking unlikely that it will be too quick for BtoP.
And Bayston Hill, with his best friend Daniel Muscutt, are probably going to run in Chelmsford's good quality ten furlong Class Four Handicap on Thursday evening; he is now rated at his joint career best, 71, and his Thursday race is populated with some decently quality handicappers.
Finally this is the latest, below, through the kind Good Offices of the ROA, of the evolution of Owners being able to go Racing as the National Lockdown Rules are progressively eased:
As we work towards the return of spectators and the next step in the Government’s roadmap on 17th May, I am conscious of the ongoing concerns amongst owners regarding the raceday experience. I would firstly like to thank you for your continued support to racing and your detailed feedback on the current racecourse experience.
We are currently working with the RCA, BHA, Government and Local Authorities on the plans for the next stages including the return of spectators. Our main aim is to return owners to the centre of the raceday, safely improving the owner raceday experience as much as possible within the Government guidelines. In our discussion the ROA is highlighting:
- Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure access – We are looking to improve access to the parade ring to ensure owners can be properly integrated into the raceday. We are working with the RCA, BHA and public health officials to see if there is a workable solution under the UK and national government guidelines, which the local authorities who license race meetings will accept.
- Owners experience – We recognise the challenges in place around the provisions at racecourses while Government restrictions have been in place. Many racecourses have worked very hard to provide the owners experience, but we appreciate others are still trying to meet the standards required by owners. In order to support this area we continue to work with the courses to assist in enhancing and improving the provisions and regain consistency.
- Badge Allocation – We are working with the RCA and racecourses to maximise owner presence on course within Government guidelines.
- Facemasks – We are working with the BHA and RCA to align racecourses with Government rules and potential removal of the need for facemasks outside and ensure consistent guidance on the use of facemasks inside and in the Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure where social distancing may not be possible.
Whilst keeping you updated of the work currently taking place it is paramount that we continue to operate in line with the Elite Sports guidance and ensure the safety and welfare of our participants is protected.