CLOSE OF PLAY ON 2018/2019
As we say good bye to 2018/2019 we look back fondly on the past year as it was the year that we maintained our increasing winners tally for a season as we recorded our greatest total. The months also saw our younger horses come to the helm and fly the flag especially amongst the Hurdlers and the Novice Chasers with the likes of Global Citizen proving his class throughout and both Novice Chasers Le Breuil and Kildisart rising to the top at the two big festivals of the year Cheltenham and Aintree. There where plenty of exciting performances from others as young prospects started carving out their career.
It seemed as though a changing of the guard was in the air as three of our stars bowed out for a final time. We suffered a huge loss in Willoughby Court along with retiring Barters Hill and A Hare Breath. There have been some tough goodbyes but we are incredibly lucky and excited by the way our horses have performed and look forward to seeing what next season brings. As we have always done we have built from the bottom, unfortunately the ground has gone so some of our babies will have to wait until the Autumn to start their racing life but in the meantime we can all have a summer of dreaming and hoping that 2019/2020 brings with it some exciting days. As always we are so grateful to our team at home who have worked so hard over the last year and our owners for all their support we can’t them all enough. Roll on next year.
THANK YOU HARRY!
A Hare Breath bows out with all the class he’s shown through out his career. The Valda Embiricos owned Harry ran his final race at Sandown on Saturday after what has been a career full of highs and days that have provided us with some wonderful memories.
He is the type of horse you dream of training early on in your career. Arriving with us after some time off at the beginning of our second season the knowledge that this was a smart individual became apparent very quickly when nothing we had home could work with him! A few away days at Nickys bought about whispers of what this exciting horse might produce when he ran. His first outing at the Cheltenham November Meeting would provide us with our first winner at the home of jumps and a day that will last long in the memory as he stormed up the hill to win emphatically.
His CV is a joy to look back on. He was a winner over fences but his strength was the speed and accuracy he hurdled with making him hugely classy in this sphere notching up many wins and places in the big handicaps at the Festivals including fourth in the Greatwood along with wins at Kempton and Sandown where he gained Listed success.
He took everything in his stride and was a joy to train. You couldn’t ask for a kinder individual and his presence will be much missed around the yard. A wonderful retirement though awaits as he heads back the Embiricos’s Barkfold Stud and will be treated like the king he is. We look forward to seeing him shine in anything he does next.