It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was the most remarkable lady, who showed utter humility, dedication and love. One of her loves was horses and racing, and I was fortunate and privileged to be able to ride for her. Her knowledge of the sport was infinite, and the pride and enjoyment she got from her horses was infectious. We held our annual owner’s day last weekend, where we showed our respect for The Royal Family by holding a minute’s silence before the parade and we reflected and rejoiced in the joy Queen Elizabeth II got from her horses and racing.
I was delighted that the first of our ‘winter runners’ was a winner. Sea the Clouds had been placed in bumpers last season, and showed the benefit of that experience when winning well at Stratford last weekend. Gavin gave him a lovely ride, and he will be seen next over hurdles later this month.
We’ve only had three runners so far this month, and Chapmanshype came close to adding another winner to his impressive career tally when narrowly missing out last week. He showed an impressive turn of foot for an older lad, but was outstayed from the back of the last. He has won 9 times now, and it would be lovely to see him notch into double figures.
Our only other runner recently was Donnie Azoff who was 5th earlier this week. He was far from disgraced in a good race, but may have just ‘bounced’ on the back of an excellent comeback run when 2nd after a near 600-day layoff. I look forward to seeing him over a fence before long.