2016 has been a brilliant year with Group and Listed winners aplenty; What a difference a year makes. Whilst 2016 has been brilliant, it's been in complete contrast to last season. Sure, there's always disappointments in horse racing but that's why we love it - when the good times come around, you've got to cherish them.
There weren't many of them last year though - 2015 was a torrid time and luckily, Michael Junior chronicled all of them in his William Hill Sportsbook of the Year Longlisted book called 'How's Your Dad?'
It's published by the Racing Post:
It's doing rather well if you browse the internet and do a bit of reserach.
Regardless, just go out and buy it because Michael Junior is usually skint and he'd appreciate your support.
Jon & Julia Aisbitt's KASSIA (Far Side) edges out Gravity Flow on Saturday
A terrific weekend saw Jon & Julia Aisbitt's KASSIA savour Listed success at Newmarket and Insignia Racing's GOLD AWARD win on his first career outing at Goodwood.
KASSIA's victory in the six furlong Boadicea Stakes under Graham Lee on Saturday was confirmation of what we've long been thinking - this is a filly who could be destined for the very top. When they're good however, they often come with the odd quirk and getting her to this stage has been a real team effort.
At home she's 'Keith's filly' as Keith Evans rides her in all of her work and all of the head lads have had to spend an awful lot of time on her with the starting stalls. Indeed, it became such a crisis for KASSIA that team Witheford were even called upon and all of their endeavours paid off on Saturday.
KASSIA cruised into contention and was the last off the bridle as Gravity Flow gave her a handy lead up the stands rail. She went to join her a furlong from home and although Gravity Flow put up a game fight, KASSIA prevailed by a neck as the pair pulled miles clear of the rest.
Mick was delighted.
"We've been saying it for an awfully long time that she's a star but a few issues have stopped her from showing it to a certain degree. It doesn't matter as long as we get there in the end and we've been able to nurse her through this year and pick up races in handicap company before going for black type.
"Obviously handicaps are thing of the past and that'll be her for the season now. She'll have a go at all of the big sprints next year and I can't wait because there's so much to come. It's exciting."
At Goodwood yesterday, GOLD AWARD delighted his owners in Insignia Racing by taking the Class 5, six furlong juvenile maiden in the hands of Silvestre de Sousa.
It was quite an eye-catching display by the son of Bushranger who looked fairly clueless at halfway until SDS got hold of him and sent him about his business.
He began to make inroads into the lead gained by the experienced Black Bubba at the two pole and finished full of running in the closing stages to run out a length victor.
It was something of a surprise, but one that Mick was rather pleased about.
"You can seldom expect ours to win first time out but this lad has always tried his heart out at home. Believe it or not, I had a tenner each way on him because he's shown a great attitude and I knew he'd do himself justice.
"Silvestre is brilliant on this type of horse because he's a real baby mentally but once he made his mind up he really responded and he'll be finished for the year now because he's a big brute who will only get better.
"I'm chuffed for Tina Dawson and her Insignia team as well. I had to ask them for a bit of time because, like I say, he's a big unit and it took ages to get him to the stage where we could look at entries for him.
"He might have been worth the wait though! I'm not sure what the form represents but we'll find out more about this lad next year. Most of Tina's owners are local to Goodwood so that was great and at last their patience has paid off!"