“IT was the only thing I had in mind,” David Loder says emphatically when asked if a role in the racing business had always been his ambition. “Probably much to my regret!”

The latter remark is laced with levity. And with good reason, as regrets are notable by their absence only as Loder charts the unique trajectory of his career. There’s humour, ambition, pride and even pathos, but no regrets. Because who has time for those when there’s still work to be done?