The past week has been a mixture of anything and everything. We love watching the Olympics and the amusing commentary by the presenters of the snowboard racing has kept us giggling. 'This race is so frantic and competitive that if you lose an arm out there, you will have to leave it behind and 'the girls are falling about like a whole lot of second hand meat from Lidl' - or words to that effect.
A large number of friends of the late Terry Biddlecombe attended a Remembrance at Cheltenham racecourse yesterday. In his day Terry was as wild as they come and rode at a time when the sport had a great many more characters than in today's more pressurised environment. This years National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham will have the National Hunt Chase named after Terry and last year this race was used to commemorate Lord Oaksey.
A lot has been written in the Press (including in today's Mail) as to why Lord Oaksey has only been commemorated for one year. Many feel that he should have a lasting legacy at Cheltenham and are appalled that he has been 'forgotten' so quickly.
Perhaps this reply from Cheltenham's Managing Director Ian Renton's will help everyone to understand the current situation.
''Following the loss of John Oaksey in September 2012, Cheltenham racecourse approached Lady Oaksey with the suggestion of running the National Hunt Chase in John’s honour for one year only.
Both Lady Oaksey and Cheltenham preferred to hold this race as a one-off memorial to John and it was agreed and announced in December 2012 that the race would be renamed the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase for the 2013 running only.
Neither Lady Oaksey or Cheltenham racecourse ever had any intention of staging the race in John Oaksey's name for more than one year'
This does not mean that Lady Oaksey or Cheltenham racecourse cannot change their minds but before anybody else starts jumping up and down the full facts need to be known. Kim Bailey first put this on his blog a week ago in response to an angry email from one of his blog readers and yet the criticism continues!
Longines, sponsor a huge show jumping competition in Hong Kong this week-end and invitations have been given to the Top 25 show jumping riders in the world. If any refuse, others lower down the list get their chance and Skye's boss is competing as she is currently ranked in the Top 30. The prize money is enormous and for the lucky 25 - there must be a very good chance of everybody getting a share of the prize money over the three days. The show jumping at the Bejiing Olympics was held at Sha Tin racecourse and I wonder if they will be using the same facility this time?
The Top echelons of this sport are very good indeed - with thriving sponsorship on a global scale.