2nd January 2016
Wolverhampton clerk of the course Fergus Cameron said the number of horses entered for the Apprentice Handicap on Wednesday, which had to be re-opened after attracting only three entries and now has only five entries, was ‘extremely unusual’. Eh? Where has he been? It is a 1m 4f and 50yds handicap for 3yo’s only rated 46-65. How many qualified horses, fit to run and ready to race over that trip in the first week of January, does he think there are in training? Very few, I can tell him.
There were three races re-opened for Wednesday’s all-weather fixtures and there are a further six races re-opened today for the two all-weather meetings scheduled for Thursday.
Don’t get me wrong, it makes for easier pickings for trainers like me and I will take advantage of the situation whenever I can but it is an unsustainable situation. There is simply too much racing for the available horse population.