May UpdatePosted : May 19th, 2020
I am sorry for the slight delay in posting an update but everyone at Park House has been rather ‘heads down’ trying to keep everyone and everything going in the right direction in these bizarre times.
It is a great relief to us all that the current indications are that racing will be able to resume in England on June 1. The programme book for the first week of racing has just been released so Andrew is busy trying to get to grips with all the amended races and venues. It looks like the month of June will be very busy.
Life at Park House has been pretty much continuing as normal. Our priority has been to try and keep our staff fit and healthy and, with over 180 horses on site, to try and keep in as normal a routine as possible. We are lucky here as we are relatively self-contained with the vast majority of staff living on site, and we have been minimising external visitors to the yard. Working outside and in large yards and barns has meant that we can all stay ‘socially distant’ for most of the working day and, with routine temperature taking and regular disinfecting protocols, we have been doing all we can. So far we have been lucky and have avoided any COVID-19 outbreak and we will all be doing our best to continue this in the weeks to come.
It is obviously disappointing that we have lost so many races over the ‘lockdown’ period, but the BHA have done a great job in trying to keep the main skeleton of the racing programme intact and ensuring that the Pattern is protected. Royal Ascot have confirmed that they will go ahead behind closed doors on their original dates, whilst Epsom and Newmarket have had to change the dates of their Classics. The normal timetable of the early season major racing festivals has necessarily been altered and this itself has given the trainer plenty to think about.
The horses seem in great form with this lovely weather really helping their condition. They have been exercising and working as normal to ensure that when the racing industry gets the green light to go ahead with the resumption of racing, we will be all systems go!