Less than a fortnight to go to the Festival, the greatest show on turf and the one time after this Winter that you thought he would keep his trap shut Clerk of the course Simon Claisford was at it again yesterday. He claims he cannot rule out watering before the start of the Festival, yes that’s right folks watering the ground which of course must be like concrete after this drought we’ve been experiencing.
I don’t know where he would get the water from because of course it’s a rare commodity these days here in the Desert that is the UK.
We have the greatest Festival in sport and it does not need tinkering to create false soft ground. Before anyone raises the safety issue we have seen some horrible equine fatalities of late and they have all come on soft ground so that is a red herring to me. Only if the ground became incredibly firm which is somewhat unlikely should watering be considered, we should have a natural jumping ground which is fair to everyone.
Clerks of the Course are like referees they have done well if you have not heard or seen them during the game so lets hope we are not seeing Claisse throughout musing on his next move.
On ATR’S Sunday forum fresh from his holiday jaunt to Florida and dressed more ludicrously than any of Mickey’s friends at Disneyworld Big Mac offered his theory that the Festival should spill over to the weekend. It’s not often that I agree with the old rascal but on this topic I do as not everyone can get four midweek days off to watch the Festival. We are the only sport where our showcase is not partly held over the weekend. This must be addressed and rather than have a fifth day which is a stupid idea as it would dilute the quality why not go Thursday to Sunday! The TV figures for a Gold Cup would be huge and it would showcase jump racing the greatest sport there is to a wider audience.
We really are nearly there folks and if you live near the course refuse all requests to borrow hosepipes and watering cans, you know it makes sense!
Back next Thursday.