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- Wednesday, 19 April 2017 07:00
- Written by Chester Barnes
Today there are five meetings taking place with jumps fixtures from Cheltenham and Sedgefield while there are flat cards from Beverley, Newmarket and Wolverhampton. David has one runner at Cheltenham this afternoon as Starchitect (pictured above) takes in the 2m5f chase at 2.40pm. He ran creditable races at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree's Grand National meeting to finish fifth and third in a couple of fiercely competitive handicaps and he thoroughly deserves another success. This slightly shorter trip should play to his strengths and he looks to have a good chance under stable jockey Tom Scudamore.
There is a cracking flat card at Newmarket this afternoon with a couple of Group 3 contests as well as a Listed race. Let's hope with the ground riding fairly quick we do not get too many non-runners.
Southwell have started a good initiative and I see that 2,000 free tickets have already been snapped up ahead of their Friday evening fixture. You can still claim your free admission badges through the racecourse website until tomorrow at midnight. You never know, some of these free ticket holders might even return and buy tickets next time. I have long been trying to think of ways in which we can attract the racegoer of tomorrow to the sport and it is good to see someone take the initiative - let's hope that they get a really good turnout and the evening is a great success for them.
I was saddened to see that one of my old bosses Graham Parr has passed away at the age of 67. Graham started as a Pontins blue coat and ended up running the company. He began a long association with Trevor Hemmings and also worked at Arena Leisure - a terrific gentleman and my thoughts are with his family.
Leicester's run in the Champions League came to an end last night as they could only draw 1-1 with Atletico Madrid meaning that they lost 2-1 on aggregate. It was a good performance from Leicester and makes you wonder why on earth they were so bad at the start of the season.
Meanwhile, I see that my old mate 'Arry Redknapp has taken over as the boss at Championship team Birmingham. If he can keep them up he could well sign a long-term contract. He has a stiff task ahead of him with three hard matches away to Aston Villa and home to Huddersfield and Bristol City - I hope he manages to keep them up, we need more characters like Harry in the sport.
Talking of characters, I see that golfer Ian Poulter needs to finish in the top 30 of the Texas Open which starts tomorrow otherwise he will lose his PGA Tour card - golf could do without losing a character like him.
The highlight of my life was definitely climbing Mount Everest...it has been all downhill ever since! Have a nice day...