Welcome to Going Behind

Welcome to Going Behind, an unashamedly nostalgic blog dedicated to horse racing’s golden days of the past. In this blog I will share vintage racecards, clippings and news stories plucked from the newspapers of the day. If you have any requests please contact me via theĀ link at the top of the pageĀ and I’ll do my very best to dig them out. I can provide full racecards and newspaper pages as .pdf files for a negotiable fee. Again, please contact me for details. I have provided this service for a number of jockeys and trainers who were keen to recall their careers but hadn’t got access to old newspapers.

Comments and conversation are very welcome but please do not use the comments facility to criticise any jockeys or trainers. This site is for pure nostalgia.

Enjoy…

 

Racing on TV through the years

Well after 6 weeks of wrangling I’ve finally got access to my blog back. It’s a long story.

We all love to go racing but the next best thing is watching it on TV. Here’s a look back at some old theme tunes and intros from across the terrestrial network with, to finish, the greatest piece of music ever associated with horse racing.

Wot no runners?

taunton-16-02-1984

Today, at Leicester and Kelso respectively, there are 38 and 39 declared runners on each card. Pitiful in my opinion. Sure, there are a couple of decent runners at Kelso, but there is nothing for the punter to get to grips with. In fact, only one race out of 12 run under NH rules today offers each-way punters a third place pay out. Compare this to a randomly selected “on this day in history” card from Taunton in 1984. Big fields, decent horses and value for the betting man. Jumping is in crisis today, with an unhealthy obsession with Saturday’s and festivals. Midweek racing is pretty dreadful. Small, poor quality fields and no incentive to go racing. I fear for the future of the sport I love. Why aren’t trainers running their horses? I have a nasty vision of a situation in 20 years where the only jumps tracks left are the showpiece ones (Cheltenham, Sandown, Haydock etc…) and the gaffs are gone. I hope I’m wrong but I won’t hold my breath.