PORTRUSH TED wins at The Aintree Festival
To win at one of the Festivals in a season is fantastic but to get another is incredibly special. PORTRUSH TED winning the Grade 2 Bumper on the second day of the Grand National meeting is what dreams are made of. We are so thrilled for his incredibly loyal owners the McNeill Family who named the horse after the late Ted McNeill who was from Portrush.
During the race, Gavin kept him up the front tracking the leaders in the soft conditions. PORTRUSH TED made nothing of the ground and galloped into the lead at the three-furlong pole. Gavin asked for more and he gave it taking a commanding lead of three and a quarter furlongs by the time the finish line came.
PORTRUSH TED has not been the easiest to train and has shown huge capability in his races but is quite delicate and we like to give him enough time between his races to make sure he is fighting fit. He ran a good race at Hereford in January so we thought we would leave him for this race to finish his season. He has had nearly three months away from the track and the patience of his owners has certainly paid off.
Well done to all the team at home for another brilliant win and thank you for the all the support shown by everyone it is all greatly appreciated. Bring on Punchestown!
All the horses we took to Aintree this year gave their all, some took to the ground and some did not.
THEATRE TERRITORY ran an absolute blinder in the Topham to finish third on her first attempt at the big fences. She jumped like a stag and travelled really well with ground getting to her at the end. She has been fantastically consistent this season but has just not had luck on her side. She will, however, be a very exciting second season Novice to watch out for.
WESTERN RYDER also ran a credible race and was very much there before the last in the Betway Mersey Hurdle only finishing six lengths behind the leader in the Grade 1. BRIANSTORM is home safe and sound with it just not being his day and will go for a well-earned summer break.
Lastly, FINAL CHOICE ran a cracking race being right there until not being able to quicken with some very impressive types but stayed on gamely to finish with the pack.
Last Monday JAMMIN MASTERS won for the second time in a row. This time at Wincanton under Ben Hicks in the 2m5f Handicap Hurdle. They made all in the race plugging on strongly in the heavy ground to win by four lengths. He is a horse who has a huge amount of ability but can be quirky to train.
We bought him after he had shown good form over fences in Ireland in point-to-points and Hunter Chases. He then ran a huge race against a nice horse of Ben Pauling’s on his first outing for us and just bumped into him to finish a close second. He has now continued that form and given the great ‘No Dramas’ partnership two fantastic wins on the bounce. This is Ben Hicks’ second win for us and he showed good strength within the race. His ten-pound claim is very useful and we are sure he has a bright future ahead of him.
The ‘No Dramas Partnership 1’ which has similar members as that of JAMMIN MASTERS were in for a real treat with another of their string winning the consecutive day after their first that week. This time it was the turn of GROUNDUNDEREPAIR who was piloted very well by Tom Greatrex in the 3m Handicap Hurdle at Hereford. He held him up through the majority of the race until they made their move at the tenth and was driven to lead over the last pulling clear by six lengths at the line.
GROUNDUNDEREPAIR has again been a consistent horse this season hitting the crossbar numerous times and it is brilliant for him and the partnership to get a win under his belt this year.
Yesterday rounded off a sensational week for Warren Greatex Racing and was the turn of ANOTHER EMOTION to end up in the Winner’s Enclosure. He was ridden by Harry Bannister who tracked the leader throughout in the heavy ground. Harry niggled ANOTHER EMOTION along around the last bend, where it looked that Twiston Davies duo would draw clear with ease but ANOTHER EMOTION responded well to Harry’s urgings and battled back incredibly gamely to win by half a length.
He has always been a horse with a lot of talent but suffered a leg injury at a young age, meaning that he had to have a year out of training and he is only six. This is his second run for us after coming second in March at Chepstow. He is a very sparky type and there should be bigger and better things coming for the Wetherbys Racing Partnership.
Next season we are looking for a yard sponsor. This is a fantastic opportunity for any company. It is a chance to tie your company with a fast moving yard that already has:
– 70+ horses
– 2 Grade 1s and 5 other Graded races.
– 2 Cheltenham Festival Winners
– 1 Aintree Festival Winner
– 1 Punchestown Festival Winner
Sponsorship would come with many bonuses such as:
– Branding of the company logo on racing colours, paddock sheet and leading up gear of all sponsored horses which will be seen on – ITV, RACING UK, AT THE RACES and any other horse racing media platform.
– Branding on our website, newsletter and various videos which are sent out (between 15 – 30 every week).
– Opportunites on race days and yard visits.
– Branding on all riding out and yard gear which will be seen every day in Lambourn.
– Branding on our yearly horse and yard catalogue.
– Branding on all social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.