In March and April, as racing sought to get over the image of Gordon Elliott sitting on a dead horse and the Cheltenham Festival nervously prepared to race behind closed doors having borne the brunt of the blame for the coronavirus pandemic a year earlier, Rachael Blackmore rode to the sport’s rescue.
Dual Grand National hero Tiger Roll will aim to emulate Red Rum by completing a historic hat-trick in next year’s Aintree showpiece, at the grand age of 12 - as long as he is not given too much weight to carry.
Racing, and more specifically Irish racing, is bracing itself for a backlash following the scheduled airing of the BBC’s Panorama programme on Monday night which will claim “thousands” of racehorses are being sent to slaughter in Britain annually. Panorama: The Dark Side of Horse Racing has, advance publicity for the programme says, obtained figures which show 4,000 racehorses “most of them but not all trained in Ireland”,’ have been put down in the only British abattoir licensed to shoot horses
Sir Michael Stoute knows how to write the perfect Royal Ascot script delivering storied tale at this place for four decades and counting.