The Ups and Downs of Racing

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We started off Friday in great style with Django Django winning comfortably but unfortunately, the day went downhill from there with the very sad loss of Taquin du Seuil who had been a fantastic horse for the Broughton Family and Friends.

He started off winning for us in October 2012 – winning his maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter, followed by finishing a close second to My Tent Or Yours at Ascot (little did we know he finished second to a future Champion).

He followed this by winning the Grade 2 Winter Novice Hurdle at Sandown and the Grade 1 Challow Novice Hurdle at Newbury at Christmas.

Taquin started his next season winning his Novice Chases at Ffos Las, Cheltenham, Haydock and crowning his season by winning the JLT Novice Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

The following season he ran some very courageous races in lots of Grade 1 races without quite winning and missed the start of 2015/16 season but came back in February all guns blazing, winning a valuable handicap chase at Warwick.

Last season, he again put up a fantastic performance winning the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November under 11 stone 11. He came back over hurdles in the spring to finish second in the Coral Cup at the Festival as a 10 year old.
He was also 4th in the Grade 1 Stayer’s Liverpool Hurdle in April.

This season he started off a good 3rd in the Grade 2 long distance hurdle at Newbury and was again running a fantastic race at Huntingdon, still travelling really well, when taking an uncharacteristic fall which ultimately instantly claimed his life.

He has been a stable star and a right character, and was much loved by all. He leaves a big hole in the yard.

We started off this week in good fashion with Fleminport winning at Hereford and we have Cobolobo running tomorrow at Leicester, Catching on at Chepstow on Friday. We have a couple of entries at Sandown on Saturday followed by Minella Rocco travelling over to Leopardstown for the Unibet Irish Gold Cup on Sunday.

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