Alex's big day (debut ride) ended in disappointment when his mount, Noble Attitude, had to be withdrawn at the start. Up till then he had enjoyed the atmosphere and experience. He walked the course with Karen and was introduced to the owners in the paddock, even though he knew them all. He was obviously frustrated with the way things turned out but will hopefully have another chance soon.
It was a very pleasant morning at the Stables today. It was champagne breakfast to celebrate Breden's midweek win which was re-run on the television several times, including Karen's excellent post race interview.
It was good to see Itoldyou back in the yard looking well after his summer break.
Itoldyou after a spell on the walker.
One of the owners went out on her horse as he started his roadwork before the season ahead.
Pauline on Due South
Alex was out on Noble Attitude preparing for his first ride in public tomorrow at Windsor after getting his Amateurs licence.
Breden returned to the course that had given him his most recent victory, though this time over a shorter distance, a 1 mile handicap at Newbury this afternoon. However with the same jockey, Robert Winston, the result was the even more emphatic than last time. They tracked the leaders in the early part of the race before moving up to take the lead over a furlong from home. From there they held on comfortably to the line for a two length victory.
As part of Racing Staff Welfare Week Linda held a barbecue at the stable this evening. There was plenty of great food and drink and good interaction between staff and owners who took on various challenges during the evening. The staff, and notably Beca, won the sausage identifying competition and they then went on to win the shot putt and Jenga giving themselves the overall victory.