Thursday 13th April, 2023

Lizzie Rey made a pleasing debut in the second division of the mares bumper at Southwell yesterday.  Given a fine ride by Bradley Roberts, she was settled at the back of the field before staying on nicely in the straight to finish fifth in what looked a decent event.

Bradley reported that she liked the softened ground and although showing greenness, she stayed on well and would be suited by two and a half to three miles over hurdles and fences.  We will give her one more run in a bumper in the next few weeks in order to give her some more experience and then put her away for the summer.  We look forward to her giving the Cavallo Syndicate plenty of fun in the future and rewarding their patience.

We decided not to declare Elfride at Chepstow on Saturday as she would have been quite a way out of the handicap but hopefully Ned Cash looks on target to run in the bumper at Huntingdon on Sunday.  He’s a horse we have always liked and we look forward to this son of Blue Bresil making his debut.  Fighting Poet is entered on Tuesday at Southwell and we are considering stepping him up in trip.

Very much look forward to attending the Grand National on Saturday.  The meeting has developed into a wonderful festival over the last few decades considering that Aintree was in danger of being closed in the seventies.  It is fifty years since one of the greatest races the sport has seen with Red Rum overhauling the gallant Crisp in the final stages.

Very pleased that Aintree will be renaming the Melling Road, ‘The John Hanmer Melling Road’ in recognition of the great contribution the commentator made to the race.

As ever, a very open affair and hoping that Back On The Lash puts up a great show, having part-bred the son of Malinas.  My four fancies at prices are Gaillard Du Mesnil, Capadanno, Roi Mage and Sam Brown.  May the race take place without any hitches and all come home safe and sound.  Good luck to all.