LINGFIELD and Kempton, or rather their hard-working staff, kept racing's show on the road yesterday which is more than can be said for jockey Eddie Ahern's car.
He went straight on at a bend three miles short of Lingfield before going on to partner Beauchamp Viceroy to a comfortable victory in the Betdaq.co.uk Conditions Stakes. If the clerk of the course did not have enough on his hands, he had to drive his 4x4 to the spot to pull Ahern's car out of the ditch.
"It's fine riding in this weather," said Ahern, "it's the standing around in the paddock beforehand that does you in or waiting behind the stalls to load especially if you've just got a body protector and silks on. Even I'm having weight problems in this cold. You're not sweating in races or riding out as much and I can see it sitting there on my hips."
At Kempton where the track is harrowed until 11.0pm every night and again from 6.0 in the morning, Amy Ryan demonstrated her talent as promising young apprentice to her father, Kevin, when slipping through a gap to win the 2for1dogs.com Go Greyhound Racing for £1 Handicap on the Guy Reed-owned Tiddliwinks.
However, one man not complaining was Alastair Lidderdale whose small Eastbury yard just outside Lambourn sent out his first double with Litenup, ridden by the exotically named Brazilian Wanderson d'Avila, and Know No Fear.