When you’re told that you are losing a long-held job, as I was late in 2019 after just short of thirty years working for the BBC, there are clearly many things about which to worry.
As the sporting calendar is decimated by Coronavirus, and we reflect on the postponements and cancellations of some of our favourite events, it is hard to measure the impact of each individual loss. A potentially voided Premier League season would be farcical for Liverpool, and playing multiple Majors or Grand Slams back to back will take away much of the glory. Some sports will struggle to bounce back, Horse Racing desperately needs the money, but there is one event that has a more lasting effect, and the postponement of the Olympics is more profound than any of these.
The 8th of December 2019 will live long in the memory for all at Fitzdares. Not only did Jacqueline Jossa beat Andy Whyment to win I’m A Celeb but we sponsored the 50th running of the iconic Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon racecourse.
The build up started back in September with the announcement of the aptly named ‘Best Mate Bonus’. It was a simple idea conceived in the office one summer afternoon. Half a million pounds to any horse that can win the Fitzdares Peterborough Chase, the King George VI at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Simple, eh? Well, no. Only one horse, Best Mate, has ever achieved such glory. But still, people love to dream.
You should always expect the unexpected in sport, even when the miracles of 2019 are staring you down.
There are some racehorses’ names which resonate with the public and racing community long after their careers are over. Hunters of Brora is one of them.