An Abrupt End But All Is Not Lost
Unfortunately this season has come to an abrupt end. Racing has been postponed until the beginning of May which means that a lot of horses will not be able to have a run before their summer holidays. Some of the horses have already been sent home and others are being eased down. It is a real shame that the season has to end like this but at the end of the day the health of society is more important than racing. We won’t get a chance at another Festival victory at Aintree this year and many horses who were primed for their runs will have to wait until next season. However there has been lots to be happy about and even more to look forward to next year!
Last summer saw NORTH STAR OSACR win three in quick succession over hurdles and we look forward to him being back in work for the summer season. Then MULCAHYS HILL ran a blinder of a race back at Cheltenham in October to beat Wholestone in the 3m chase contest. KEEPER HILL stormed home at Haydock as the rank outsider in the graduation chase field to then run a cracker at Kempton beating Top Notch and to just be denied the Grade 2 by Frodon. Then our old champ, BOB MAHLER pulled it out the bag to win the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh in a thrilling finish. He then showed us what he is made of again by coming third in The Kim Muir Challenge Cup at The Cheltenham Festival. LA BAGUE AU ROI had a difficult start to her campaign by coming into season on her first run. This set her back, but as ever she didn’t disappoint and held her own at Leopardstown coming fifth in their Gold Cup. Our younger star, EMITOM, was really just getting going after winning the Grade 2 at Haydock and then ending up fourth in a strange running of the Stayer’s Hurdle. These are just a few of the great runs that we had this season and there were other winners and warrior horses that did us proud.
With relentless rain and now a world pandemic, this year has definitely been tough. But our staff and horses have been fantastic. Everyone has tried their hardest and we are truly grateful for it. A huge thank you to out our loyal owners who have invested in us and our sport. Another huge thank you to our sponsors Prodec Networks for their support too. We will get through this strange time in human history and get back to our normal lives. In a few years this will all be a distant memory and racing will be back in the lives of everyone who loves it. Bring on the 2020/21 season!