I’ve hardly mentioned racing since the flat season ended; at the moment there’s little to no racing to mention anyway.
I can’t let today go though without saying I hope AP wins the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in an hour or so.
I don’t want to diss other sportspeople, but can you put a golfer or a darts player in the same division as this Iron Man who has ridden over a 3000 winners, raced the equivalent of one and quarter times around the world, taken nigh on a thousand falls, gets up when we are all still asleep and travels the length and the breadth of the country to ride horses. All on a diet of a celery stick, hard runs and sweating to keep about a stone and a half under his natural weight. An inventory of his broken bones would include: a middle and lower vertebrae, both shoulder blades, ribs, an ankle, cheekbones, a wrist, a leg and chipped teeth.
To me it’s not in the same ball-park of achievement.
He’s going to win, it’s Written in the Stars.