Friday 3rd April, 2020

We continue to canter much of the string here at Adlestrop and it’s pleasing to see the grounding drying and the temperatures rising.  With the sensible announcement that jump racing will not resume until the 1st July, it gives trainers a chance to put their horses on a bit of a holiday, including the summer jumpers.

Our summer band include Beautiful People and Organdi who have done so well for us over the last season or two.  We look forward to finding them suitable opportunities this summer to continue their winning runs, with hopefully both of them going novice chasing.

We also have a few dual-purpose horses that can run on the flat and over jumps depending on when racing can resume.

At breakfast time today we had a sweepstake for the Virtual Grand National which takes place tomorrow at 5pm.  Colin Pocock and family have joined in with Team Adlestrop and thanks to their generous boss, the staff have been given £10 worth of tickets with three choices each.

With the help of Hannah, Megan and Danny plus Bertie and Reuben, the selections were made in a FA Cup fashion and good luck to us all! Apparently it’s the first Grand National Richard Johnson has ever looked forward to.