Harry Cobden Blog: Life during the Coronavirus outbreak
It’s trying times at the moment with racing action suspended until at least the end of April. But it’s important to stay positive, stay at home and keep social distancing so we can get through this together.
The Cheltenham Festival and normal daily life seem a long time ago, don’t they? Obviously, my day-to-day activity has changed a lot, it now mainly consists of recuperating by walking the dogs, working on the farm, tending to cattle and sheep rather than racehorses.
Here’s my puppy Ruby – I’m walking her every day
How I’m spending my time in isolation. Sorry Paul Nicholls! 😂
I’m not needed at the Ditcheat yard as Paul rightly wants to be as sensible as possible and not increase the risk of Coronavirus being spread among staff.
However, Paul has kept all the stable lads and lasses on because the racehorses will need looking after. The horses are still being ridden out to keep them healthy, but Paul is slowly winding them down before the majority of them go out on their summer holidays.
Me a few weeks ago being put to extra work at the Ditcheat yard
I spoke to Paul not long ago, he’s a bit gutted like everyone else that we couldn’t finish our season off, but he’s totally understanding given the circumstances. All we can do is look forward to racing being back and the next Jumps season ahead getting underway.
The staff at Ditcheat are gutted about the current climate but it’s good to hear everyone’s keeping each other’s spirits up and keeping that tight-knit community feel. It’s a real family at the yard, and they’ll all pull together during this tough time.
Finally, boredom is going to be a big obstacle during all this as I’m much more of an outdoorsy sort of person. However with all this free time I have had some time to kick back and watch TV. If anyone’s looking for a new TV boxset to get into, I’d recommend Yellowstone – it’s is a top watch! (age rating 18+)