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    graysonscolumngraysonscolumn
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    Sunday is a holy day, there should be no work and everyone resting just like our saviour lord jesus christ did, gave up his soul so we could spend the holy Sunday with our friends and family.

    An increasingly specious argument in an increasingly secular society. It’s interesting to note how massively frontloaded the Point-to-Point calendar is now towards Sunday racing, and one suspects there are many Sundays where far more Rules courses would like to race than available slots currently allow (though not necessarily this Sunday just gone, perhaps – see next post).

    It’s also folly to presume the working day wouldn’t continue for the majority of employees at a goodly number of training operations around the country even on a blank day of racing. Preps for target races on the Monday still need to be performed, animals still need to be fed.

    It’s doubtful that this was ever a six-days-a-week sport even pre-Sunday racing, and it sure ain’t now.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    The race planning is even worse??…3 NH on a Sunday in mid summer.

    Once more with feeling…

    Those three jumps courses bid for three available slots. They got them. They got them either because no other courses, Flat or jumps, bid for them, or else pledged insufficient funds to swing the balance their way.

    This is the third year running all three courses have operated on the corresponding raceday, and fourth in the case of Perth and Stratford (Southwell got the third slot after Haydock either lost or relinquished it post-2008).

    Vent your spleen not at these courses for providing what you may regard as either unseasonal or qualitatively inadequate fare, but rather at the 57 other tracks in the country (more than half of which are operational during the summer) for letting them.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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