Pointing is back!!
Finally after 4 months, outdoor sports including point to pointing has returned!! Fantastic news for us and for everyone who has a interest in the sport. We have 1 runner today at Revesby Park. Clondaw Bunny heads to the intermediate in good form. He’s ran well in a couple of very competitive hunter chases and the better the ground gets, the better he will be. Oliver Puffet rides.
Knockaderry Flyer ran a blinder at Fakenham last week to finish 3rd. A mistake 3 out cost him second place, but a brilliant run none the less and great fun for his syndicate. He missed last season due to injury and its great to have this lovely big horse back and looking as enthusiastic as ever at 12 years young. He will appreciate the step down to pointing and will hopefully be out again in a few weeks. Exciting times for The Jump On Board Syndicate owners; Nicholas Rastall, Sam Fizor, Louis Gill, Matthew Dodwell, Daniel Wilkinson and Sue Walker.
Unfortunately we didn’t have a blog last week as my website has been updated and we have some new sections coming soon. Exciting stuff including a section for all the breakers, problem horses and pre trainers we welcome into the yard. I’ve always had a passion for young horses and tricky horses and we’ve done very well with horses of all disciplines – not just racing!
Back to the yard…
Ex conditional jockey Harry Stock, Olympic swimmer Jess Telford, Zack Davidson and Lara Horn were all in to ride out.
With pointing back on, plenty of horses have been working and schooling. This week, we worked Clondaw Bunny, Norse Dancer 4yo, Dunaden 5yo, Cloudy Joker, Madame Hannah and Heist.
Norse Dancer 4yo, Clondaw Bunny, Knockaderry Flyer and Rockingham South.
With groups of 6 now allowed to meet outside, we will be opening the yard back up to owners and visitors and mornings on the gallops. If you’d like to come to see the horses on the gallops or interested in ownership, please get in touch and I’d be delighted to give you a socially distanced tour and you can see the horses on the gallops.
And as this was my first blog since, we can’t forget to mention the Cheltenham festival! Myself and Louis Gill hosted a Cheltenham preview along with guests, Alex Steedman, David Bass and Tom Garner. Hopefully you watched the first 20 mins – day 1 and 2. A 50/1 placed horse, and plenty of winners… Thursday and Friday weren’t quite so successful but hopefully entertaining none the less!
Cheltenham certainly didn’t disappoint and we saw some fantastic human and equine performances. Appreciate it, Shishkin and Honeysuckle were all seriously impressive on Tuesday and the Irish in the winners enclosure seemed to be the theme of the week!
Monkfish and Put the Kettle on were the class acts of the Wednesday, but the hilight of the festival for me was Tiger Roll rolling back the years to win the cross country. Such a shame he’s not in the grand national… he could even be well handicapped on the back of Cheltenham!!
Thursday was the day when the ‘banker’ of the week didn’t follow the script when falling in the novices chase. Luckily Envoi Allen and Jack Kennedy were both alright and live to fight another day. Allaho hacked up in the Ryanair and Flooring Porter won the stayers hurdle in good fashion.
Friday, the big day! Quiliox followed the Blackmore/bromhead script and won the JCB nicely but all eyes are on the gold cup. Reining gold cup hero, Al Boum Photo could only manage 3rd in the shaddows of the winner Minella Indo and A Plus Tard in 2nd. A 1 – 2 for Henry De Bromhead and a fantastic race to watch. The foxhunters is a race that certainly has his place. The best hunter chasers and point to pointers from both sides of the sea. Will Biddick, the most winning point to point jockey in history saddles his first Cheltenham winner in the shape of porlock bay ridden by Lorcan Williams. A welcome winner for the english.
I hope you had an amazing festival and hopefully you had plenty of winning bets!
Finally, a very happy birthday to my landlords Louise and Neil O’Hara whose birthdays were on Friday and Saturday. Plenty of cake was consumed!
Enjoy the return of pointing this weekend
Today’s runner, Clondaw Bunny
Norse Dancer 4yo