A Week For Winners
The two Grand National festivals are almost upon us, starting with the Scottish Grand National at Ayr. We will be saddling runners on both days as well as taking our previous winner of the race, Takingrisks, to parade before the first race on Saturday. Seven other horses will be joining him, including one of our old horses, Another Bill, who retired in 2018 and has excelled in his new home. For those wanting to see the parade, it will start at 12:15 prompt in the main parade ring. Retraining Of Racehorses do amazing work to help give ex-racers a life after racing, creating shows and competitions up and down the country specifically for ex-racehorses. Here is a short clip showing just how versatile and adaptable racehorses can be.
We are by-passing the Scottish Champion Hurdle, with Soft Risk running tomorrow in the 2mile Handicap Hurdle (2:55) where we hope he can get the better of Since Day One, who beat him last time out. Nells Son will likely head to Aintree next week for the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle over 2miles. Smokey The Bandit also runs tomorrow, he’s in the 5:15 Handicap Hurdle over 3miles.
Our sole runner on Saturday is Better Getalong, who will be ridden for the first time by Miss Amy Corrado. She’s got a busy day on Saturday as she is also parading Takingrisks! We wish her the best of luck and hope she has a great day.
Racing remains in Scotland on Monday with a meeting at Kelso. We have a few entries including Marown, who will be looking to improve from his first start this season when he pulled up at Catterick in February. Also entered is Kajaki, who will like the ground if it remains good, and Maughold Head could be making his debut in the bumper.
We’ve had a nice return to form recently, with wins from Parisencore (Haydock), Court Dreaming (Carlisle) and Everyday Champagne who held on well to win at Hexham. Coniston Clouds ran a nice race on his debut in the bumper at Carlisle on Sunday, when he finished second to a horse who has progressed in his bumpers this season. We have now overtaken our tally of winners from last season and are currently sitting on 35. It would be great to end this season on a high and see if we can hit 40 winners!
Entries for Aintree will be made over the next few days and will include Crystal Glory, Nells Son and Famous Bridge.