It’s cold out there and with Winter in full swing over the last couple of weeks plenty of race meetings have been abandoned and lost to the frost but both Cheltenham and Doncaster were given the go ahead on Saturday in what would prove to be a super day for the team.
KILDISART - What a star he has been so far this season and on Saturday he again strutted his stuff to win in style the Novice Chase at Cheltenham for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. It was his first visit to Cheltenham and he took the big stage all in his stride. He travelled in his relaxed manor throughout the race and with a good jump at the last he took the lead up the hill to win by a couple of lengths. To walk into any winner’s enclosure is thrilling but at Cheltenham it always seems very special and when Joe led Kildisart into a huge cheer it was a fantastic moment for all of us.
Within half an hour The Megsons’ NADAITAK was off and running in the Grade 2 River Don up at Doncaster. With just the four runners he was the outsider of the bunch at 12/1. This race is always a test of stamina and is normally won by a horse who has the toughness to see it out and Nadaitak seemed to have bags of both on Saturday. His jumping has improved so much through out this season and that it is a credit to Jake who behind the scenes has work relentlessly with him to improve his hurdling. Turning for home he opened a lead of 3 or 4 lengths, and this just kept increasing, he just kept going and won by a wide margin of 22 lengths. If you haven’t seen this go to our Facebook page and have a look as he was so impressive, and the manor of his victory was very striking. We are so thrilled that he showed us what he can do and this talented youngster will probably give Cheltenham a swerve with the idea of heading to Aintree.
It was a weekend to remember for the team and there were definitely a few sore heads on Sunday morning!
Sue Davis’s NESTOR PARK, Tom and Hannah took the long journey up to Newcastle on Monday afternoon for Nestors’ race on the Tuesday and thank goodness it was worth it! He was coming off the back of the Challow which had not gone to plan at all after a very muddling race. It was great to see this lovely horse go out and get the job done under a penalty with ease and no doubt the journey home was made a whole lot shorter after his success. With his season firmly back on track we can now look forward to what we hope will be an exciting Spring with him.
As the weekend approaches the country seems covered in a cold spell so we will have to wait and see what meetings are on and go from there, but fingers crossed for some racing.