Last week was a mixture of emotions for the team. Two of our stars were entered into their toughest challenges yet, to both do us very proud but not get the win we had hoped for.
LA BAGUE AU ROI
LA BAGUE AU ROI, as most will know, was saved for Aintree. She has won four out of four this year when starting over fences, two of those being Grade 1s. She was entered in both the Grade 1 2m4f and the 3m novice chases at the Grand National Meeting. We decided to run her in the 2m4 due to the amount of rain Aintree received earlier in the week and was forecast to keep coming, which would make the 3m a hard old slog for the field. Unfortunately the 2m4f was run at an immense pace and La Bague, like many in the race were slightly run off their feet. However, as she does, she battled incredibly well to only be runner up by one and a half lengths and closing all the time on multiple two mile Grade 1 contender Kalashnikov. She has lost nothing in defeat as she has been fantastic this season; two wins and one second out of three Grade 1s is an incredible performance; however seconds are always frustrating, especially as we know how well she has run and how hard she tried. She will now have her well deserved summer break and hopefully come back to take next season head on.
Next was the turn of one of our up and coming stars, EMITOM. He was entered in his first Grade 1 after winning the first five starts of his career. This novice hurdle unfortunately was run at a slower pace than ideal for Emitom, who is an out and out stayer. He was held up at the back by Gavin Sheehan and didn’t have the clearest run of things, but in the closing stages it was EMITOM and the very impressive Ballymore runner up, Champ who were battling it out between each other. Our lad gave him a serious run for his money and these two were then clear from the field by seven plus lengths. We were absolutely delighted with his performance; he has fought well and proven himself to have a huge amount of potential. We even took him to Henrietta Knight’s last week to school over fences and he took to them very well. It is more than likely that he will now have a summer break and we can’t wait to get going again with him next season too.
Another to do us proud was KEEPER HILL in the 3m Grade 3 handicap hurdle on Saturday. He ran a blinder in the 21 runner competition to end up third. He has really enjoyed going back to hurdles and it is great to have him back in the form.
It is frustrating to not have a winner, but it is very hard to complain when you have horses like these in your yard who are very much holding their own on the big stages.
EMITOM Schooling Over Fences
Nationality: Northern Irish
Role at WGR: Amateur
Hobbies outside of racing: Hurling and gym
Favourite horse at WGR: Mulcahys Hill
Favourite horse in training: Tiger Roll
Greatest racing moment: Kauto Star winning The Gold Cup
Dream job outside of racing: DJ in Ibiza
Warren Greatrex Racing
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