FINAL CHOICE and Newbury Racecourse Gallop
Last Tuesday The Jockey Club South West Syndicate’s FINAL CHOICE put in an almighty effort in winning the 2m Handicap Hurdle at Wetherby on some very heavy ground. He was piloted by Ben Hicks who is one of the conditionals tied to our yard. Ben turned professional at the beginning of this season after having four winners point-to-pointing. This season he has already had a winner over hurdles and it is great for him to get his second and first for us last week. He is very dedicated and puts a lot of effort in on the equicizer with Nick Bentley.
At Wetherby, Ben kept FINAL CHOICE handy, tucked in behind the leaders throughout. They then lead after three out and FINAL CHOICE responded well to Ben’s askings and he drove him home in a good display of strength from both horse and rider.
FINAL CHOICE had a wind operation in September where his soft pallet was cauterized. This seems to have helped him immensely and he is on a very strong upward curve at home and on the track. His syndicate have been fantastically patient with him and it has paid off in leaps and bounds. He has come out of that race well and we will look to another handicap in the near future.
Newbury Racecourse Gallop
On Sunday we took all of our store horses and a couple of older horses to Newbury for a racecourse gallop. It is a great educational experience for the younger horses who may not have even left Lambourn since they were brought here in the Summer. They get to travel in the boxes and then be shown the racecourse stables, paddock, grandstands and then get a feel for what it is like to gallop around a racetrack in a big group. It is a day that is immensely beneficial for young racehorses during their upbringing. It also lets us see how progressive many of them are compared to others. We have a lovely bunch this year and we are very excited to see what they can produce on their race days.
Million In Mind
Last week we had our annual visit from the Million In Mind Partnership. 60 members came to see their horse CLASH OF D TITANS. We also paraded all of our Cheltenham runners including this year’s hero MISSED APPROACH and our possible Aintree runners. They all had a great morning including coffee with biscuits and a chance to meet the team at home. It is a brilliant syndicate that lets a huge amount of people get a taste for horse racing and can be stepping stone into further racehorse ownership.