26 July 2022
Firstly, I apologise for the lack of update last week. The majority of horses have returned from their summer holidays, and it has suddenly got busy at Hull Farm. There is lots of trotting work happening and so far, most of them are being well behaved. Touch wood! Due to the influx of horses, we have even had to rope in a few extra work riders, thanks to Millie and Harry Longsdon. They will be earning their keep throughout the summer holidays! Christopher Marriott, our brilliant landlord, has also been lending his hand to one lot every morning.
Little Bruce ran an absolute cracker after a long ley off on Sunday. He jumped like a stag and was loving being out in front under Lilly Pinchin at Uttoxeter. It is a long run in at Uttoxeter, and he sadly got caught to finish 2nd. It was great to see he still has his enthusiasm for racing and will be looking forward to seeing him out again. We will give him lots of time between races. Oscar Montel also ran a cracker at Worcester last week to finish in a dead heat for 2nd under Brian Hughes. He really stayed on strongly to the line. He is now 2 wins and 3 placed efforts from 5 starts at Worcester!
Lilly was in this morning; she rode four lots and schooled Casear’s Palace again. He really is getting the hang of his jumping now. Lilly is normally in on a Monday, however her dog was in labour, so she had to get her priorities straight!
A sad day yesterday saying goodbye to the wonderful Vivas. He has been a firm Hull Farm favourite since arriving with us, back in 2014! We are sure he is going to love his semi-retired life up North. He won 6 times for us, competed at the festival, and provided everyone with plenty of fun. It was always a good day is Vivas was by your name on the board.
Will and Amber completed the gruelling 24hr cycle for Racing Welfare in extreme heat. They managed to raise massive amounts of money and there is still time to donate. Between the team they managed to cycle around 595 miles. It did look tough, and Amber was running off only a 40 minute nap. I think the infamous ‘Ham Hill’ will now haunt them forever. It is extremely steep with no respite when you need it!
Finally, Present Storm is declared for Worcester this evening under Paul O’Brien. Hopefully her win last time out has boosted her confidence, and she can back it up today. Due Reward is entered at both Bangor and Market Rasen later in the week.