Monday 24th January, 2022

We have declared Tulane at Kempton on Wednesday as we step him up in trip.  He appeared to settle well last time and hopefully this will help him on a track he has run well on before.  Jonny Peate rides and claims seven pounds and on his old form, he would certainly stand a chance.

The drying conditions this week are not ideal but with a good work morning on Saturday, we have a few ready to go in the next fortnight.

It was certainly jumping’s equivalent of the Grundy and Bustino finish at Ascot on Saturday with Shishkin and Energumene.  Jump racing at its best and congratulations to all concerned for wonderful training and riding performances.  A delight to see Paul Townend show great sportsmanship to Nico de Boinville after the line and also to see to pride he had in his equine partner as he patted him on pulling up.  Hopefully they will return to the Cheltenham Festival in as good form and what a spectacle to anticipate.

It was a pleasure to attend the ROR Awards on Saturday evening at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket.  The Awards are given to horses that have been retrained from racehorse to other disciplines including showing, eventing, hunting, polo and dressage.  The films produced for the three finalists of the ‘Horse Personality of the Year’ were wonderfully engaging and emotional, emphasising the incredible bond between horse and human and how both can help each other in times of hardship.  There is so much good in the sport and let us continue to show this positive side of the thoroughbred world.

Cocklebarrow point-to-point produced a packed crowd yesterday and Charlie Brooks and his committee at the Heythrop produced a memorable day in the countryside for thousands. Many of the crowd were from the racing fraternity including winning trainers on the day Hughie Morrison and Tom George.  As you can see from the photograph, it was a close call for the winner of the ‘silly hat of the day’ competition.  A narrow victory for Charlie Brooks over his school mate Marcus Armytage, although next year the runner up is promising to wear headgear close to that favoured by the late, great John McCririck.