A tradition I cannot grasp the sense of is when a racecourse has a two-day fixture, as with Newbury’s what-was-the-Hennessey-meeting, it runs the main race of the two days on the second day. Surely you would want the best ground for the best race. Why open the ground up on the Friday? And why not improve Sunday racing by having what is now the Friday card on a Sunday, making it a Saturday/Sunday fixture, thereby 1) providing the best ground possible for the best horses 2) improving the quality of Sunday racing 3) bumping up attendances as more people would attend on a Sunday than a Friday 4) if weather should cause the abandonment of the Saturday fixture the big race could be held over to the Sunday. Simples, methinks.
Indeed with the contrariness of the British weather in mind I cannot see why, for all or some of the reasons stated above, Saturday only fixtures that feature a major race should not be expanded to a two-day Saturday/Sunday meeting.
I really would like a Clerk of the Course to explain to me why I might be wrong.
Keith Knight is a workaday writer of fiction, worker in the real world but foremost a horse racing fanatic. The joy of the sport is the horse - all horses.