Thursday, 27 December 2012

Clever Placing

Linda entered Itoldyou in the Grade 1 Wayward Lad Novices Chase at Kempton today and it paid off, as Simonsig frightened off many runners leaving a field of just 5.  Although outclassed in this 2 mile event, Itoldyou was able to jump a clear round and collected £627 for finishing 5th, beaten 73 lengths in his first chase.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Friendly Christmas Rivalry.

Again this year, the Stable Christmas party took the form of a quiz/competition between stable staff and owners.  This year the owners got revenge for last year's defeat that was equally as close.  With good food, plenty to drink and a lot of laughs, the evening was a success and enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

High Profile, Sad Day

Linda had two runners at the final ever Folkestone meeting today.  Her standing and regard as a trainer was emphasised by the fact that she was in high demand by the media.  She was interviewed the day before by the Racing Post and had two paragraphs in today's issue.  Radio Kent interviewed her live on air from the course at 8.20 a.m., then she was interviewed by Meridian Tonight for an item on the evening edition (with She's Humble in the background).  Finally she was whisked away by taxi to do a live interview for Radio 5 Live.


She still had time to supervise the running of Itoldyou (top) and She's Humble (bottom), who, though unplaced, ran pleasing races.  Plenty of her owners attended this final meeting, a sad day with many happy memories.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Humble Returns

She's Humble made her return at Plumpton today, after her summer break.  She was in need of the run so it was a bonus that she was one of just four runners, meaning that a safe completion would guarantee a little prize money.  Andrew Thornton took her wide and she jumped well but was never going to trouble the other runners for pace on her reappearance.  She finished 4th but should come on for the run.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Scholarship Success.

Stable lass, Shannon Gates, has done brilliantly to win a national scholarship to go to South Africa for several months' work experience. She made it through to the short list and, after an interview in Newmarket last week, she was awarded the place. She is expecting to go in the late spring next year. This is a great achievement for her and also does credit to Linda's training establishment.