I am absolutely thrilled that Graham & Sharon Lovett’s Primogeniture, leased to our Martin Keighley Racing Club this season, won impressively at Fontwell early yesterday evening under a super ride from Leighton Aspell.
He’s not been the easiest to win with and indeed apart from Paul Davis, who runs our Racing Club amongst other syndicates, I was beginning to think it was only us that kept the faith! Belinda certainly doubted a number 1 appearing next to his name as, although he is so reliable and nearly always finishes in the placings, that win has evaded him for so long. In fact, his late owner Mary Hambro, was the last to manage to get his head in front, and we were pleased to purchase him from her Estate after she sadly passed away as we knew she would have approved of him coming to us.
He’s proved frustrating on the flat, over hurdles and fences though although our Head Girl Jasmin got a great tune out of him during Racing Staff week at the beginning of July where she finished 3rd at Newton Abbot in a Charity Race and a few more strides may have even won – a day she’ll not forget in a hurry.
Delighted he’s won and I hope it gives him confidence to continue to do so.
Raving Bonkers ran in the race before and was returning from a horrible fall on the flat at Uttoxeter that wasn’t his fault. He jumped well under Richard Johnson and stayed on up the hill to finish a good 3rd and give us hope for the future. He was a bit overwhelmed by the heat afterwards but the team at Fontwell helped me dowse him with water and he soon recovered. We’ll have some more fun with him I’m sure.
An autumnal feel in the air and the boys back at school next week so the winter season is approaching and exciting to have more horses working this morning than at any point over the summer.
An exciting season ahead and our Free Open Day looming on Sunday 15th September. Do get in touch if you would like to come and do bring friends and family too – there will be plenty to see and do including watching a few horses working on the gallops.