The horse racing week ahead

It's another busy week ahead with plenty of action in the sunshine and with Covid-19 restrictions in England easing tracks can welcome back full crowds. 

The main event of the week is without doubt the Group One King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot and we might, might, have a stellar cast lining-up. As I write on Monday morning  Love, Adayar, Pyledriver and Mishriff head the market. 

It's a quiet start to the week for me with no fancy on Monday or Tuesday, I might take advantage and begin having a peak at the Glorious Goodwood cards with that meeting just around the corner. 

I am not sure if I will watch Panorama's The Dark Side Of Horse Racing programme, to be screened on BBC1 at 8.30pm on Monday evening, or not. Apparently the BBC has been working with Animal Aid, an animal rights organisation which calls for the end of horseracing, so I am guessing it is likely to be a fairly one-sided view. I have read one of the previews that suggests the programme will claim at least 4,000 racehorses have been slaughtered in abattoirs since 2019, with “most, but not all” trained in Ireland. If there is any truth in it is is obviously concerning, it will be interesting to see how this pans out especially with Irish racing in turmoil already with the Gordon Elliott photo incident and Jim Bolger comments about drug cheats. 

Be lucky