Monday 21st December, 2020

Muthabir got balloted out at Huntingdon tomorrow, therefore we will look for another opportunity for him in the New Year.  We have made entries for Boxing Day and also we will have a few more up to the New Year.

Master Vintage jumped very well at Uttoxeter on Friday on ground that was far from ideal.  Once headed two out, Danny was not hard on him and we look forward to the handicapper reassessing him.

Lady Of Authority was never really travelling at any stage of the race on Friday at Wolverhampton and she probably needs longer between her races.  Hopefully we will find a suitable race for her in the New Year.

Another fantastic weekend of National Hunt racing with the highlight being the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.  With Paisley Park against Thyme Hill, it was reminiscent of a ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ with the former Stayers Hurdle winner getting up in the final strides.  Never in a quarter of a century have I seen Richard Johnson’s reaction so extreme in defeat once passing the line.  Never under estimate his burning desire to win.

The stayers division has become both competitive and enthralling and we look forward to Cheltenham immensely when hopefully both will take each other on again.

The heart warming scene of Paisley Park meeting his owner Andrew Gemmell after the race, showed the love of an owner and the sensitivity of the thoroughbred.  The more we transmit this to the public the better

Huge congratulations to Hollie Doyle in coming third in the Sports Personality of the Year Awards last night.  This is an incredible achievement both for a wonderful sportswoman and the sport.  May she be the first woman to become Champion jockey in the not too distant future and go on to win the prize outright.  That day will be a defining moment for racing.