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From keepy ups to a horse with no name: racing folk find alternative entertainment

Thu 26 Mar 2020

With racing in Britain suspended currently due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its participants are finding novel ways to entertain themselves. Here, we take a look at a few of them:

Many will have seen the current social media #StayAtHomeChallenge which sees people attempting to do as many keepy ups as they can with a toilet roll.

Flat jockey Luke Morris had a go – but it did not go quite to plan…

No horses to ride at the races? No problem for Davy Russell, who stays in the groove with the help of his wife, Edelle.

Naturally, Davy has inspired others. Ben Jones, a conditional attached to the yard of Philip Hobbs, also had a spin in his living room.

Trainer Jamie Osborne is one of the more vocal presences on social media in the racing community and he provided some light relief by staging his own race – with croquet balls.

Perhaps the best clip in recent days was posted by leading Flat rider Ben Curtis’ wife, Shauna, who looks like she may have another jockey in the family one day in the shape of their son, Brodi.

Phil Kirby and his team staged the first running of The Green Oaks Dog Derby. It produced an exciting finish and connections of the second pondering the use of some headgear next time!

With no return to the saddle imminent for a while, many jockeys are taking the chance to indulge in eating treats which would otherwise be forbidden. Daryl Jacob, for one, enjoyed a hearty breakfast for a change.

Harry Cobden decided to wind up his boss Paul Nicholls while sat in front of a huge cake.

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