A new month and hard to believe that 12 months ago today Jump Racing re-started. So little yet so much has happened in that year – let’s hope we keep going forward and don’t ever go back.
Worcester yesterday and thrilled that Miss Antipova put her fall last time well behind her and ran a blinder under James Best to finish 3rd at 28-1. Alan & Anna Varey were rightfully delighted too and thanks to Mary Fishwick for capturing such a lovely video of Vicki, the Vareys and myself greeting James. We love having winners but quite often, especially after a problem the time before, a good placed run can be just as satisfying and rewarding and yesterday’s run was just that. Thanks to the kind words from the Varey’s on Twitter last night too:
Cut And Run was in the process of also running a big race but was all but brought down going into the turn towards home where inexperience from a few jockeys around Patrick Cowley meant there wasn’t enough room and unfortunately Cut And Run came out worst and was knocked back quite a few places at a vital time. She was also struck into from behind but it just shows what a great attitude she has as she picked herself up and battled back to finish 5th and make us wonder what could have been. Her injury is luckily superficial and we’ll see how she is before working out where to go next. Great that she looks to have bounced back on her preferred ground to something like her winning form and she should give us a lot of fun over the summer. She jumps fences too so we can combine both.
The smallest combination of the team, Freddie & his shetland pony Blackie, are off to Royal Windsor today for the weekend after being chosen to represent the Shetland Pony Grand National Team raising money for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust. They are very excited and I’ll pop down to see them race when I can. Bob has recently had an operation and is reportedly doing very well so we wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.