A STELLA 10 DAYS FOR THE TEAM
Wow! What a time we’ve had, words can hardly express the ride its been over the last few weeks.
RINTULLA kicked off the last 10 days in style with an impressive win in a bumper up at Carlisle. It was lovely to see this exciting horse get the job done the way we know he can and demonstrate plenty of promise on the track. It was also fantastic to get our first winner for the McNeil Family along with Ian Turner have been a wonderful in their support to us. We look forward to this hopefully being the first of many and seeing what this horse can do next.
The Military Gold Cup Day at Sandown provided us with a day of extreme mixed emotions. We are deeply saddened by the loss of CARLOS DU FRUITIER whose freak injury during the race meant that he could not be saved. He provided the team with one of our highlights of the season when he won the Royal Artillery only 3 weeks earlier and he will be much missed. Our thanks and thoughts go to his wonderful owners The Sandbaggers and Nathan who adored him and looked after him every day.
Earlier in the day SHANROE TIC TEC provided a surprise on the card under an inspired ride by Guy Disney who got him up on the line to win the Queen Mother Memorial Military Hurdle. A special win as Guy and Ben have been friends since childhood and the horse is owned by a syndicate who have supported us since day one. Shanroe kept his great form up and came out five days later to win at Huntingdon under Lily Pinchin in the Ladies Race on Wednesday.
The Saturday of Sandown saw DELIRE D’ESTRUVAL in the Double Green of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede win a hot Novice Handicap. It was great to see this horse get back on track a fabulous bit of placing by racing manager Anthony Bromley. Delire will now head back to Sandown for the last day of the season.
Sunday bought with it a double for the team and a special first win for Aaron Rid who rode the owned and trained by Ben GRANNYS SECRET to victory in a point to point bumper at Bangor. Aaron gave this mare a fantastic ride and she looks like she could have a very bright future.
ESPOIR DE LOIRE quickly followed up with a brave win at Warwick for his owners Merribelle Irish Farm Ltd. It was lovely to see him perform how we always thought he could after his wind operation and he showed us plenty of promise. It was also lovely to have some of his owners there in Mike and Ann Hankin who had flown over from the States for Cheltenham and were able to be at Warwick to see his win.
NOW IN THE WINTER kicked off his career with a win on debut at Stratford in the bumper. It is the first time his owners have ventured into race horse ownership together so we are over the moon for them and if you go to our Facebook page you can see what it means. Well done to all.
THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL
Tuesday and the Festival was here after weeks of talking, preparing and excitement the roar was about to happen.
We had our first Champion Hurdle Runner and though GLOBAL CITIZEN perhaps on the face of it didn’t seem to run his race due to a few reasons we could not have been prouder of our star performer this year. He has won on the big days and is incredibly exciting for next year as he heads over a fence in the Autumn after a much-deserved summer holiday.
LE BREUIL was up next and I’m sure you all know what happened there…...he made dreams come true as he gave the team our second festival winner. Words can not describe how proud we are of this wonderful horse who under an inspired ride by Jamie Codd battled so bravely over 4 miles to win by half a length to the equally gutsy Discorama on the biggest stage of all. ‘Two Gladiators battling up the Cheltenham Hill’ are words that will stay with us. What this means to all of us words can’t describe but go to our social media and you’ll get a fair idea! We are delighted for his owner Emma Palmer and thank her for helping make the last week so brilliant. One person who deserves so much praise is Hannah she has looked after and ridden this horse since day one and she has been on the roller-coaster with him every step of the way, her hard work has been rewarded so a huge congratulations to her. After the race the team headed down to the Plough our local pub in Cold Aston and led by the Ben, we had a big old party! It is a day we will never forget and he provided memories that will last a life time.
We could not have been more pleased with our Cheltenham team every single one of them ran creditably. BRIGHT FORECAST ran a cracker to finish 3rd in the Ballymore as did KILDISART who was 4th in the JLT we were delighted with them both as we were NADAITAK who ran well in the Albert Bartlett. Bright Forecast will have his summer holidays now but hopefully you will see Kildisart out again this season.
What a few days it was and what a Cheltenham they put on. Four days that National Hunt Racing should be proud of and stories that captured the imagination of all. Until Next Year…….
Throughout the week BIG DIFFERENCE landed the spoils at Market Rasen for his owner M Waters. He looks to be a lovely big raw horse and we were delighted with the way he won.
The Megsons THE CAPTAINS INN is looking like he has a very exciting future as he won well up at Uttoxeter against a hot field of Novices under a penalty. He will now be stepped up in grade and head possibly to Aintree.
You have to treasure days and weeks like this and we can’t say a big enough thank you to our team, owners and all the support from everyone.