I’m off to Cheltenham for three days at the races. I know that this is a subject that leaves some readers of this blog cold, others will be annoyed that I spend my time in this way, and yet others will wish they were there too. Any of those reactions is fine – but I’m off to Cheltenham!
I wonder whether I will see Therese Coffey at the races. I did see her on a rainy day (the Saturday) of the November meeting, and I have the photographs to prove it.
And here she is again heading for the bookies to have a bet on the last race – did she back the winner (and favourite) Posh Trish?
Now it’s nice to see a minister out mixing with we ordinary racegoers in the rain – which falleth on the just and unjust all the same – but I wondered whether the minister had been there on the sunnier Friday too (I was, and I didn’t see her, but you never know, do you). I wondered whether the minister was at Cheltenham specifically because it was the ‘Countryside’ meeting where there is quite a lot of irrelevant nonsense about how hunting is an integral part of our traditional way of life (which it isn’t). I was wondering whether the minister met any stakeholders at this meeting and had any chats with them – but Defra haven’t told me, so maybe we’ll never know. I’ll ask Therese Coffey if I see her at Cheltenham over the next few days.
Tips? Wednesday and Thursday are the best days for betting this year. It’s a marathon not a sprint.