Let’s make one thing clear; none of us enjoy seeing somebody lose their job. It just so happens that in the harsh and unforgiving world of football, we not only get to watch this unfold but we are also invited to bet on who this will happen to next.
This weekend will see another bumper 48 hours of horse racing action across the UK, with nine exciting meetings scheduled across Saturday and Sunday. Including an astonishing nine flat meets and one jump contest, fans will be spoiled for choice when choosing their own race cards this weekend.
Miracles do happen. To put it into context, the bookmakers had it priced at 5000/1 for the words ‘reigning champions’ to be positioned in front of Leicester City during this Premier League campaign. The unthinkable became thinkable and the unbelievable turned believable as the Foxes clinched the Premier League title for the first time in their history with two matches to spare.
Given the focus that is given to individual races and classics such as the St. Leger, it easy to forget the fact that the Flat Jockey’s Championship is set to be decided by 15th October. Determined by the number of wins secured over the course of the season, there is scarcely six months left for riders to stake their claim for the title ahead of their rivals.
With the fifth and final classic of the flat racing season set to take place at Doncaster in the form of the St. Leger Stakes in September, the competition between trainers and jockeys is set to reach fever pitch. In terms of trainers, there are a select few who are in the reckoning to emerge as the best in class for 2016.