The ups and downs of racing are incredibly wide ranging, and we suffered a terrible day yesterday at Chepstow where the really promising More Talk broke her leg in the concluding bumper. I held her in the same regard as Miss Milborne and Ixora, and I truly believed she had a very bright future ahead of her. She was held up early on in the race, and was beginning to make good headway through the field up the home straight, when she went wrong. I am devastated for Karen and John Gunn, and all the team here at Folly House, as we all knew she was a very special mare.
On the same day we had cause for celebration as Richard Pitman rode Millers Reef in the 'Legends Charity Race' at Aintree, giving the Jamie Snowden Racing Club tickets to the Grand National where they witnessed a fantastic race, won by Daryl Jacob who has ridden many winners for us since we began training nearly 4 years ago. Many congratulations to him, and all at Paul Nicholls.
Scuderia made his racecourse debut yesterday at Chepstow as well, and finished mid div. He is a proper galloper, and won't be seen at his best until he's over 3 miles in testing conditions in the winter. He is a lovely horse, and one to look forward to next season.