An epic National

We have made entries for the weekend for Madame Ritz at Nottingham and Minella Whisper at Stratford.  Looking forward to seeing how Madame Ritz gets on on the turf for the first time, whilst Minella Whisper attempts to defy a six pound rise for his Huntingdon win.

Hopefully the ground will dry out at both courses between now and the weekend.

Spring is certainly in the air and the forecast is good as the summer coats come through on the string.  Hopefully they will continue to stay in good form and continue to have a good end to the season.

On Saturday morning, Colin Pocock came to see his Stowaway four-year-old do some fast work (pictured).  He was purchased at Doncaster in May and shows talent and hopefully thoughts will be turned towards Aintree in a few years time.

As ever Saturday’s Grand National was epic and with the soft ground, it was good to see two cross country horses finish in the first three.   Thankfully it is still no ordinary handicap.

The winner, described by the owner as a rat, is more of a cat and although only the size of a pony, ponies jump better than most horses.  The winning rider Davy Russell is also as clever as a feline and is a great man with a great brain and great humour.

The winner was bought as a three-year-old for Nigel Hawke by my old boss, Graham Thorner.  How ironic he would go on to win at Aintree, for Graham rode the winner 1972 and Nigel in 1991.  Both memorable Nationals as I backed each of the winners.