Well the ‘Beast from the East’ finally hit and boy did it take its toll on the racing! One meeting after another were abandoned due to the adverse weather conditions but luckily for the ITV racing fans, Lingfield was good to go with the all weather track living up to its purpose. Mick said he had a fantastic day despite the slight panic to revise and plan for broadcasting 6 races. He also commented on how hard the grounds team worked at Lingfield. They worked through the night into the early hours, harrowing and looking after the track just to make sure the meeting went ahead. He also tell me how this is not normally a day that would broadcast on ITV, so it was a brilliant opportunity to showcase some of the up and coming trainers and riders on the flat. It was great exposure for them to be on Saturday ITV racing but lets hope the weather stays fair and dry for the upcoming highlight of the jumps season and Mick’s year...The Festival.
This week, Mick does not have many race broadcasting duties but instead, a week of Cheltenham preview evenings...so plenty of late nights and long hours in the car driving! He was on the panel for one in North London on Monday, Racing Breaks on Wednesday and the Seven Kings on Wednesday. He goes on to tell me Seven Kings is a regular one for him and he really enjoys it as there is lots of banter and they get a lot of stick! Unfortunately you can’t always get it right, and this crowds really let you know when they do not agree!
This weekend coming, Mick has a rare Saturday off and is very much looking forward to a day with the family before the madness starts next week.
Watch out for our blog which will include all of the selections from the Racing Breaks Preview Evening. Mick was joined on the panel by Trainer Charlie Longsdon, Star Sports’ Luke Tarr, Champion Jump Jockey Richard Johnson, and was hosted by City A.M. racing editor Bill Esdaile.