Betting news and tips: Trackman is back with the latest paddock talk as he reflects on the last week in racing

GOOD news could be just around the corner.

I’ve heard a whisper from a shrewd source that the top brass at ARC racecourses are pushing hard for a mid-May `behind closed doors’ resumption to racing.

The word is ARC could be ready to roll with just 48-hours’ notice and are busting a gut to get Lingfield and Newcastle racing seven days a week.

That sounds like a right result, but I bet it wouldn’t be enough to make Mark Johnston or Ralph Beckett grin.

This pair could start a scrap in a nunnery and have been making themselves busy trying to get British Horseracing Authority boss Nick Rust the boot.

The `Chuckle Brothers’ reckon Rust has spent more time worrying about public perception and looking after himself than grafting for trainers, jockeys or owners.

Their dopey comments were straight out of `commander-in-bleach’ Donald Trump’s notebook and don’t tally with the majority view.

We are all in this together, so Mark and Ralph should putup and keep schtum.

The `people’s trainer’, Gary Moore, is cut from a different cloth and reckons “health has to come first”.

Top man Gazza had an upbeat bulletin on his superstar Goshen, who has been on gardening leave since that heart-breaking last-flight tumble in the Triumph Hurdle.

This money maker is chucked-in off a Flat rating of 88 and Moore’s merry men are plotting him up for the £1million Ebor Handicap at York in late summer.

Goshen is already 5-1 second favourite for the Champion Hurdle, so it could take an act of Parliament to stop him nicking the northerners dough.

While we are pointing north, County Durham trainer Rebecca Menzies was swamped by 45,000 responses on Facebook when she ran a competition to name a two-year-old filly.

Rainbow Applause was the winning handle and every dime the horse earns will be donated to NHS charities. Fingers crossed she’s a bobby-dazzler.

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Talking of clever names, Hugo Palmer has issued an upbeat report on his topically titled two-year-old Lockdown.

Hugo the toff reckons this fella has got muscles on his eyebrows and says he worked like a bomb last week.

Lockdown is ready to rumble now and should pinch us a dollar or two if his early morning jaunts on the gallops are kosher.

Meanwhile, ace French trainer Andre Fabre is chomping at the bit to get cracking with his star three-year-old colt Earthlight.

`Little Napoleon has earmarked his Group 1 hero for the Prix de Fontainebleau at Longchamp on Monday week and reckons he’s a `Guineas’ horse.

Travel restrictions will dictate whether Earthlight stays at home or travels to Newmarket for his crack at a `Classic.

Wherever he ends up, connections are certain this bad boy is the business.

Mind you, our old mate David Menuisier must be the best thing to come out of France since Brigitte Bardot and baguettes.

Not much slides past the super slick Sussex-based trainer, but he was non-plussed by Thundering Blue’s lack-lustre performances last summer.

Touch wood, `deadly Dave reckons he’s finally got to the bottom of the problem, saying: We couldn’t really put our finger on what was wrong, but we did some tests and found he had stomach ulcers.

“He come back into training in the spring and seems in good form. He’s seven now and not the easiest to place, but I would think we will drop in class a little bit and look at a Listed race for him.”

Finally, a trainer from Texas popped into a Newmarket pub and started lecturing one of the locals about the size of training facilities on the other side of the pond.

Now, our Texan pal had a head twice the size of Dallas and boasted: “You know, I get on my saddle horse in the morning and I could ride him all day long and still not get around the whole of our property.

The Newmarket man took a quiet sip of his beer and replied: “Yes….I had a horse like that once.”

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