30 April 2021
Tomorrow marks the start of the 2021/22 NH season, exciting times. We have two runners at Uttoxeter, Almazhar Garde in the 3.35pm Staffordshire Plate Handicap Chase with Gavin Sheehan on board, and Maxi Jazz in the 5.12pm Handicap Chase with Charlie Deutsch taking the reins. Maxi Jazz is a recent recruit from Paul Webbers’ and is going nicely at home.
While Guetapan Collonges left for his holidays in Martinstown yesterday, we had three new arrivals from Ireland, Present Storm, Oscar Montel and a lovely Walk In The Park 4yo. They seem to have settled in well and we look forward to getting them going. Present Storm is owned by Mr Rob Aplin, and Oscar Montel is yet to find an owner but looks to be a fun horse who will be running through the summer. He happens to be Bentelimar's half brother who won the Aintree Red Rum Chase for us. The Walk In The Park 4yo is a promising future prospect who will do a couple of weeks work, before being turned out for his summer holidays to mature.
Today we had a special guest to the yard, eight year old Freja Thackray, who is running ’20 lots of 2021 metres in 21.’ It was great to be able to support this challenge, which is raising money for Racing Welfare, a charity that we may all need at some point in this industry. This morning Freja completed five laps of the round gallop! Please have a look at the link below and support for Freja on her final few runs. She is fantastic, and I definitely think she made some new friends at the yard this morning. We certainly enjoyed the yummy cake that was baked for us.
Will Kennedy was also in this morning, and it was great to see him after he has been off injured for a few weeks. Entries for the new week are Glimpse Of Gala, Teenage Dirtbag, Do Wanna Know, Nightfly, Raven Court, Local Affair, The Wise Traveller, and Hoot At Midnight.
I hope you all have a good weekend, and enjoy the return on Britain’s NH racing.