Monday 15th November, 2021

It was great to welcome the Adlestrop Club to the gallops on Saturday morning where we watched the string do some faster work.  We also saw the Richard Phillips Racing Syndicate horses, Fine Theatre and the Pether’s Moon four-year-old impress in their performances before a tour of the yard.

A wonderful weekend of racing at Cheltenham.  Very pleased to see Back On The Lash win the cross country race in tough style, as I am a part-breeder of him with Sue Welch and Brian Duckett.  He showed much of his mother Giovanna’s toughness in the final furlong and we look forward to the family continuing to breed many winners.

In the feature, delighted to the Sue Smith’s (wife of Harvey) Midnight Shadow win and it wasn’t lost on many that in second place was another legendary show jumping connection in the Skeltons.

It was Simon Claisse’s final meeting as Clerk of the Course and what a fine job he has done over the years.  Hopefully he will not be lost to the sport and will continue to offer his expertise for years to come.