Category: Of Course

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It’s only just begun

Mike Deasy on the row between the Jockey Club and its former CEO Delia Bushell, and the chances are it’s only just begun Sunday evening’s usual tranquillity was suddenly and dramatically broken around 7pm...

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More a wish-list than a plan

Mike Deasy on racing’s recovery plan, an owner’s raceday experience and Goodwood going cap in hand This week saw the BHA publish its nine-point plan for the next phase of racing’s recovery after the...

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Not the way to ask the questions

An exasperated Mike Deasy on Matt Chapman asking Nick Rust the questions on the Opening Show “Nick, two very quick questions, which would need long answers but you’ll have to cut them down”. The...

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Quite an eventful week as things go

Mike Deasy on a week of comings, goings and watch this space for racing It’s been an eventful few days for racing, dominated by comings, goings and watch this space. The coming, which has...

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Unfair burden of proof on trainers

Mike Deasy on a new rule placing burden of proof on trainers is still unfair There are two branches of law in Britain, statute law created by politicians in parliament, and common law formed...

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Stating the bleedin’ obvious

Mike Deasy on vacuous advice for the British Horseracing Authority on recruiting its new CEO  I don’t think I have read a more vacuous letter in the Racing Post than that of trainer Gay Kellaway in today’s...

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Problems mount up for Jockey Club

Mike Deasy says the ending of Investec’s Derby sponsorship is another problem facing Jockey Club Racecourses Like every business the impact of Covid-19 is being acutely felt by Jockey Club Racecourses, as revenue streams...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly – your say

These latest scribblings are given over to your say following this column’s look at the ugly side of bookmaking There was quite a reaction to the last Of Course column which looked at bookmaking...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly

Mike Deasy on the ugly side of bookmaking,  and where the racing media fears to tread If the column you write is called The Good, Bad & Ugly, as Matt Chapman does for Sun...