Tea Caddy retired on Friday in a blaze of glory as she won her final start in a handicap chase at Chepstow under the in form Brendan Powell. TC was one of the very first horses we had in training when we started in 2008, and it was an emotional day to see her go out with another win. She was quite a quirky sort in her younger days, she won a point for us and then had time off with a leg, but has come back better than ever and won in each of the last three seasons. I was delighted for Richard and Jane Mathews who not only own her, but bred her, and they have been huge supporters of mine since I took out a licence. I look forward to starting Tea Caddy’s full sister (Kaspian Tern) off in a bumper in the spring.
Tea Caddy winning at Chepstow on her final start before she heads to stud.
It was not only a huge pleasure, but also a relief that Dark Lover won nicely yesterday at Market Rasen under another polished ride from Page Fuller. He had won impressively on his hunter chase debut at Taunton in January after very lengthy lay off, and I hoped he wouldn’t ‘bounce’ yesterday. Thankfully he didn’t and won nicely despite the very holding/ tacky ground, and in turn he has booked himself a place in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham. I might stick an entry in for the Kim Muir as well, but I hope he’d have a chance in either race. Its lovely to think we head to the Festival with another big chance – it would be great to relive the memories of Present View winning in 2014!