Monday, 20 January 2020
Saturday, 11 January 2020
Sunday, 5 January 2020
Linda came within 2 lengths of repeating Sussex National victory today after Itoldyou in 2015, this time with Uallrightharry. The similarities were uncanny with both horses trying the prestigious test soon after leaving novice status, and both having lost their jockeys in their December prep race at Plumpton! Uallrightharry looked fit and well but was the lightest framed horse in the race. Luckily he was set to carry bottom weight.
Aimee and Harry before the race.
Brendan Powell took the ride and informed the connections that it seemed there would be a bit of pace on so he would settle in midfield. Karen had taken Harry for some pole work earlier in the week to sharpen up his jumping. Brendan said he would give Harry daylight to see his fences.
Linda sorts final instructions with Brendan.
Brendan was true to his word and jumped off in midfield on the outside. Harry jumped well and put in a couple of short strides at the few fences that he was not meeting right. He was moved up to third place going out on the final circuit but dropped to fourth three out (the open ditch) as another runner blundered and impeded him. He regained impetus and closed on the long time leader turning into the home straight. They jumped the second last together but the other horse found more going to the last and was able to hold Harry at the line by a length and three quarters with the same distance back from Harry to the third.
Brendan unsaddles Harry.
There was a large contingent (owners, staff, friends) from the stable and Harry gave them all, and especially owner Sally Stanier, some great memories and a wonderful day out. Linda now boasts the best trainer record in the race over the last 5 years.
Feedback and plans for happy connections after the race.
Posted by info at 12:04
Saturday, 21 December 2019
Friday, 20 December 2019
Owners and staff battled their way through floods to enjoy the annual Christmas social evening at Hecton Farm. As in previous years it took the form of a fiendish quiz devised by one of the owners (jester's outfit!) and thanks to the expertise of another owner sound and pictures were relayed to teams sitting in separate rooms. Between rounds people mingled and replenished their plates and glasses. One part of the quiz involved identifying horses from the past three years with parts of the image blacked out. The stable staff proved amazingly adept at this.
Stable staff had no trouble identifying this as Mab Dab.
Final scores were Staff Room 61, Back Room 100, Living Room 109.
Posted by info at 08:06