All sport is affected by the lock-up, none, I would suppose, more grievously than racing. Horses still have to be cared for, fed, mucked out and exercised. As with other sports, nobody knows when normal service may resume. Ascot and the first four Classics of the season have already been cancelled, and even the St Leger in September may follow suit. If there is no racing this summer and autumn, this year’s crop of three year-olds will, like sixth-formers, be denied the stern examination that proves their worth.