PJA spot-on

Grand national 2013

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The Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) has clearly listened to the views of their many supporters and members in suggesting that there should be no National Hunt racing on the Sunday after the Grand National. Anyone reading the ludicrous schedule imposed on himself by Ryan Mania after his 66-1 success aboard Aurora’s Encore at Aintree would have realised that his decision to partner two horses the next day at Hexham was ill-judged at best. Achieving the very highest in any aspect of life is always best followed by a period of time allowing both savouring of success and rest, reflection and relaxation. It was not Mania’s fault. It’s how things have always been in jump racing. Let us fervently hope that the British Horseracing Authority confirm the rightful request of the PJA for 2014 and beyond. We all need a rest after the Grand National, most especially the human and equine participants.

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