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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 at Jackdaws – a nice young horse called Forza Milan.
It was also a great weekend for our young jockey’s with Jordan Canavan (conditional) riding his first ever winner at Chepstow with Clubs are Trumps and Charlie Davies (amateur) also riding his first ever winner, after plenty of tries!, at our local point to point at Andoversford – much to his delight.
Sunday was a knockout, sunshine and success, with 4 winners and 2 thirds from our six runners. The day started off with Cake de L’Isle winning the Maiden Hurdle at Market Rasen for Trevor Hemmings, followed by Sigurd winning the Handicap Hurdle for Frank Gillespie and Upswing winning the feature race as Ffos Las by a head, under a great ride by Noel Fehily. Finally to top off a fantastic day Aidan Coleman gave A Little Magic a fine ride to win the feature race at Market Rasen – his third win of the season.
With the weather staying good and the ground on the quicker side, we look like having another busy week with 6 runners tomorrow, 5 over jumps at Exeter and 1 on the flat at Pontefract followed by quite a few entries at Wetherby on Thursday followed by the busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend. The highlight being Shutthefrontdoor trying to win the Irish Grand National for the second time on Easter Monday.