Last weekend I decided to clear out the shed at home. A thirty minute job turned into a full day when I came across a box of old editions of The Sporting Life newspaper.
of my favourites featured an interview with the formidable trainer Jenny Pitman
entitled “Why I Punched Insolent Osborne”, following an incident when the
jockey Jamie Osborne squeezed one of her horses on to the rails at Ayr one day.
The jockey later commented “What can I say? She has a great left hook!”
from the newspapers, you wouldn’t believe how many videos I found with
horseracing recorded on them. You might think a couple of tapes would be
normal; a box full and you’d imagine this person was a racing enthusiast. But
three boxes?! Cheltenham, Aintree, Ascot, Chester: in the 1980’s and 1990’s I
used to record the racing every weekend to make sure that I missed nothing.
have changed. Not only is all the terrestrial coverage on a single channel, so
there’s no need to juggle with the remote-control to switch between BBC and
Channel 4, but we have Racing UK to bring the races into our homes every
day of the week.
A dedicated racing channel, Racing UK broadcasts live racing
from 650 meetings at 33 of the UK’s top racecourses including Cartmel. So if
you can’t join us on Saturday evening 25th May, you’ll be able to
watch us on television at Sky 432, Virgin Media 536 or Freeview 231. And if you
are here, but you miss a race while you’re in the bar, you can catch up by
watching the review when you get home or watch an individual race through the
website or mobile phone applications.
year Racing UK are planning more camera shots of the parade ring at Cartmel, so
you’ll be able to see more of the horses before each race. The Racing UK
website contains up-to-date news stories, runners for all the race-meetings,
columnists and lots of archive material – so my own boxes of material have just
been chucked in the skip, although I couldn’t resist cutting out the article
about Jenny Pitman first.
the Flat season is now in full swing, there are still some decent jumpers
around and the feature race of Haydock’s Saturday meeting is the Swinton
Hurdle, for which I can’t resist having a few pennies on Evan Williams’ runner
Court Minstrel – and as I’ll be busy during the afternoon, I’ll be checking the
results later on RacingUK.