From the Commentary Box 6 June 2016

I’ve done my dash.

Welcome to the last column from “The Commentary Box”. Although it may come as a surprise to some, (and just pure relief to others), I think it is time to bow out.

An ever increasing workload and a pretty hectic schedule has made the task of a weekly racing column increasingly difficult.

At times, I’ve even gone missing in action, causing unnecessary stress to a few editors along the way. I was trying to work out how long I’d been writing this column. But I’m hopeless at that sort of thing.

I wished I’d been able to state categorically how many years ago I started writing this weekly column for the Cambridge Edition. Then I would have worked out how many columns I’d written. Followed by how many words I’d written.

It’s the sort of thing I’ve read when someone calls it a day.

And I thought maybe my avid readers of this column, (all three of them) would nod their head approvingly. Almost like a “well done son” sort of thing.

But as I said earlier, I’m hopeless at that sort of stuff.

Seriously though, I’ve enjoyed bringing you the successes from the Cambridge region in the thoroughbred world. It’s been a privilege. I’ve tried to encapsulate those successes both here and abroad.

It hasn’t been easy at times, because contrary to popular belief, I am not a journalist. What I know about journalism you could write on the back of a postage stamp.

I was always at the mercy of the sub editors changing my column to make them more “user friendly” for readers.

But I enjoyed following the fortunes of some of the big names in the thoroughbred code.

Names like DUNDEEL, SILENT ACHIEVER, VEYRON, Baker, McDonald, Hogan and many, many others.
I’ve always marvelled at the skill and expertise of many in the Cambridge racing fraternity. And not just the stars too.

I got a great kick out of the success of the so called battlers. People and horses who rose above their perceived station, and kicked on to enjoy their spot in the limelight.

The 100 to 1 outsider who wins a Group One race against all odds. And it happens in this game, think EL SOLDADO in this year’s Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup at Ellerslie.

I’m hopeful the Cambridge Edition will find someone to continue this column.
The success from Cambridge certainly deserves it. I look forward to calling home all those future Cambridge winners.

Here’s to even more success!

Cheers ……. and I won’t catch you next week!!