Friday 17th February, 2017

Master Vintage ran creditably to finish fourth in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle at Sandown today.  Going off at a strong pace like he did on his previous win, the extra nine pounds and the very sticky ground meant that he was passed two out – but stayed on after the last to be beaten 19 lengths by the winner.

He settled a bit better today and hopefully with a bit more experience he will eventually get two and half miles – especially on better ground.  I am sure he will be useful over fences once he learns to relax in his races as he jumped well today.

It was good to travel to the races with part owners, Oliver and Amanda Langdale – who along with Amanda’s aunt Katarina, enjoyed the Sandown paddock in the sun.

Made a few more entries for next week with the prospect of warmer, dryer conditions and hopefully spring is in the air.

Yesterday I attended the Tattersalls Cheltenham Sale but was unsuccessful in the purchasing department as the market was very, very strong.  The record of £480,000 was set for a winning point to pointer.

Maybe it might be easier to try and buy a Derby winner these days than a possible Cheltenham Festival winner.  Certainly the stud value would be greater.

Great victory for Guy Disney in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown today.  Guy lost part of his leg in Afghanistan and has since shown amazing courage and determination, including riding in amateur races.  Guy started point to pointing on one of our old horses, Noisy Miner who gave him his first successes.

Great to see his parents John and Fiona there to celebrate the victory.  John now retired was my doctor for many years – despite this I’m still feeling pretty healthy.

Quote of the day came from his mother who said “We would love you to put Guy up in some races as he can take seven pounds off quite easily.”