Remarkable people

A sunny but cold day on the gallops at Adlestrop.  Sue Jones, of the Fairford Goes Racing partnership came to see Totterdown before he makes his hurdling debut next week.  Sue not only owns part of Totterdown, she also bred him and having shown promise in bumpers, hopefully he will make a fine chaser one day.

Lots of cantering for the string this morning in preparation for tomorrow’s work morning with races planned in the next couple of weeks.

Good luck to Guy Disney today at Sandown, who once again bids to win the Royal Artillery Gold Cup on Rathlin Rose.  Guy is a talented but modest young man and would not have been impressed with the headlines in the Racing Post today.  Having lost a lower limb in Helmand Province in 2009, he has made a remarkable return to race riding. May he enjoy the day, win, lose or draw.

Another remarkable human being was schooling over fences yesterday.  Richard Pitman on his 75th birthday schooled over fences in Lambourn.

Wonderfully self-deprecating, Pitman is one of the most underestimated jockeys of our time.  As Francome said, his ride on Crisp was one of the greatest ever until the elbow.  Having travelled behind him in team chases in my youth, he is not only talented but brave and with one eye and one kidney, he puts many of us to shame.