Firstly I can only apologise for the lengthly delay in this months blog!
But on the positive side it does mean that I have a lot to fill you all in on.
I managed to sneak off for a few days snowboarding with a couple of friends in March while the break in the flat season commenced, I came back refreshed and ready to get my head down for the turf season ahead!
We have now at this stage had 3 of our 2yo’s make their track debut, two of them have just been pipped to the post but I have been thrilled with how they have handled their first races. We’ve got an exciting bunch of 2yo’s for this season so it was great to get off to a solid start with them.
I was incredibly lucky enough to be crowned Stobart All Weather Champion Apprentice for the second year running, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the owners, trainers and horses that have supported me through the All Weather Season and hope that I can repay them with more winners on the turf!
Since my last blog there have unfortunately been two significant retirements at The Old Malthouse. My wonderful partner Hathal has ventured over to Morocco to start his new career as a stallion for Dr. Sedrati (it’s alright for some!) I was lucky enough to win two conditions races with him over the winter, he will always be a special horse to me..
Our second retirement was the incredible Toast Of New York, most famously known for winning the UAE Derby and then getting pipped a short head in the Breeders Cup Classic. Toast isn’t venturing quite as far as Hathal, we’re hoping to maybe find someone to take him on to perform some ROR showing classes. One thing for sure is that Jimmy McCarthy won’t let him too far out of his sight!
The Sir Peter O’ Sullivan Lambourn Open Day was once again a roaring success on Good Friday - we were blessed with the weather, and in return the public came out in their flocks! From motorbike displays to camel racing there was vast array of entertainment for everyone! Toast partook in the ‘Legends Parade’, where Jamie officially announced his retirement - it was lovely for him to be able to bow out in essentially his home-town and for the public to say goodbye!
On a sadder note on Thursday evening at Chelmsford I took a nasty fall which was unfortunately fatal for my mount Gentleman, my heartfelt condolences go out to the entire McEntee team. Gentleman truly was a stable stalwart for them and had given me many great days on the track!
With the turf season now in full swing I’m itching to get back on my old partner Raising Sand for the Nick Bradley Racing syndicate - I don’t think he’s ever looked as well as he does right now. As much as I hate to say it, I shall be praying for some rain for his benefit!
Today I’ve got two rides at Lingfield, Capofaro is my only ride for the boss and Mr. Michael Buckley in the 5.55 who I’m hoping can repeat his winning performance from two runs ago, he was incredibly unlucky to get pipped on the line last week at Kempton and I’m hoping for a big run from him.