On Monday 24th we started the day off at Warwick with The Tailgater coming to challenge at the last, where he unfortunately fell – fortunately both horse and rider quickly got to their feet and live to fight another day. I’dliketheoption was 4th in the valuable Novice Chase and Royal Escape ran an encouraging first race, finishing 5th in his bumper.
Jonjo then travelled on to Windsor where Desert Cross won the 1½ mile handicap in good fashion under a nice ride from Fran Berry. It was nice for the Hickey family to celebrate with a glass of
At the two day meeting at Cheltenham, Upswing did fantastically well, winning his second race of the month (11 days after winning at Ffos Las). He won the Llewellyn Humphrys Handicap Chase – the feature chase of day two. Also Lithic ran a very pleasing race, beaten only a length in the 2 mile handicap hurdle on the first day – ridden by Jonjo Junior.
The charity football match after racing in Cheltenham (Wednesday 19th) was a great success, with plenty of money raised for the Injured Jockeys Fund. I think this is something that could be
Last Tuesday 11th April Ultimate Dream followed up our good weekend by winning at Exeter under a good ride from Killian Moore. On Thursday 13th, For Instance won nicely for Anne, Harriette and Lucinda Bond at Wetherby and with no runners on Good Friday we had a busy Easter Weekend winning two good races at Haydock. Firstly Kelvingrove winning the Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series final (£50,000) much to the delight of The All In Syndicate who had a great day. Isn’t wonderful when a plan comes together! Mustmeetalady then won the Tim
When we purchased Holywell at the Cheltenham November Sale in 2011, for £70,000, little did we know what a star he would turn out to be.
He started off by finishing 3rd in a Novice Hurdle at Plumpton and then won his second start in a Maiden Hurdle at Chepstow and then on his final start that spring, he was second - beaten 10 lengths off a rating of 119.
The following season he was second on his first three starts, before winning the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, before finishing second in the Grade 1 Liverpool
Although Aintree was slightly disappointing with no winners, a lot of the horses ran really well, notably Dream Berry beaten only half a length in the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3). Also Taquin du Seuil running a great race in the Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) where he finished 4th, beaten only 3½ lengths. All our horses came home safely from the meeting and it was a great result for Scotland and Lucinda Russell to win the Randox Health Grand National with One For Arthur, who we have a full brother to here