well, we are all still in lockdown for a while longer yet and it will be interesting to see what the Government announces at the end of the latest 3 week period. Luckily the weather has been good and hopefully, many of you will have been sat in the garden. We do feel for you guys that live in flats with no direct access to outside spaces, especially if you have got kids as well.
Things have come into sharp focus for us this week as a very dear friend's father passed away on Wednesday night from the Corona Virus and even though it feels like the lockdown is dragging on it highlights the need for Social distancing to protect the vulnerable amongst us.
We have posted below the weekly news wrap up for this week and thanks for the feedback so far it seems we are not wasting our time. If there are any good articles that you come across that you feel would be worthwhile featuring just let us.
Stay safe, Stay Sane
The team at Cleeve
Mark Johnston recovering from Coronavirus
Mark Johnston is the first reported high profile Trainer to have contracted the Corona Virus. Details are a little sketchy and begs the question about the rest of the yard?
There is an interview with his wife and son and it sounds like he's on the mend.
Levy Board and Racing Foundation agree £22million support package for racing.
After Mike Cattermole's article last week berating the racing authorities for looking to the government for a bailout with £125 million in reserves it seems they have had a change of heart and are providing funds to the industry to support hardship cases which is good news
British racing 2-5 to return in May after reports of government support.
The odds tumbled last night after Boris Johnson has been briefed on sport restarting sometime in May. This obviously all hinges on the Government's review on the Lockdown on the 7th of May. Maybe some good news for a change for Racing.
Races to be capped at 12 runners with senior riders only under resumption plans
Plans for the resumption of racing include minimizing fields to 12 runners with only senior Jockeys allowed to ride. This will mean lower-rated horses may struggle to get in.
Horses in training down 15 per cent as figures confirm coronavirus cutback fears
A worrying pattern is emerging with horses in training reducing significantly. You can't blame owners for keeping their horse in the paddock instead of paying hefty training fees with no concrete date of a return to racing yet.
Derby and Oaks could be run on the same day at Epsom this season
Provisional plans for some of the Classics are being prepared with the Derby and Oaks scheduled to be run in early July with the 1000 and 2000 Guineas pencilled in for early June
Tom Marquand has his most expensive ever hug!
He has been fined $2000 (about £100) by the Australian racing authorities for his over-exuberance when hugging Addeybb’s groom after his winning ride. Plus they fined the groom $500 so I hope Tom paid that as well.!
Geegeez has another well-researched article that looks at trainers profitability after a layoff.
John Shelton breaks down trainers who achieve above A/E ratios (Actual/Expected) with a view to finding selections who have had a break. This is all the more relevant after the break from the Lockdown.