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(Stayer’s Hurdle)

EMITOM did us all proud at Cheltenham to finish fourth in the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle on Thursday 12 March. EMITOM settled mid-division and jumped incredibly well throughout the 2m7f race – in fact he probably put in his best jumping performance round a racetrack to date which proves his recent loose school sessions with Henrietta Knight are working. Gavin Sheehan had him in a good position coming round the final bend and he finished strongly up the infamous Cheltenham Hill. The pace of the race was controlled by APPLE’S JADE, who took a strong lead from the start, and as a result it turned out to be an incredibly hard race to read, eventually being won by 50-1 shot LISNAGAR OSCAR. Looking back EMITOM really did run a great race under Gavin in an extremely competitive field for The Spero Partnership Ltd and he finished in front of some incredibly good horses.
(Kim Muir)

BOB MAHLER ran impressively under Noel McParlan in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last week, and finished a close third to MILAN NATIVE and KILFILUM CROSS. The duo settled into third position in the early stages of the race and BOB MAHLER once again put on a solid jumping performance from start to finish. He came round the final bend in the lead, which was an incredibly exciting moment, only to be overtaken by the two eventual leaders and despite an incredibly strong drive up the hill, he wasn’t able to catch them up before passing the winning post and in the end he finished just 3¼ lengths behind the winner. Everyone at the yard is incredibly proud of him, in particular of course Taylor!


The BHA has announced today the Racing in Britain will be cancelled from Wednesday 18th March until the end of April.
The BHA released the following today:

The formal decision was taken by Board of the British Horseracing Authority this morning based on the statements made by the government yesterday and after consultation with senior industry leaders. Medical Advisers to the RCA and the BHA, who have been advising an industry group on the response to the crisis, have also been consulted.
The BHA took the decision to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry. Racecourses and racing have obligations to ensure the safety of participants and provide medical cover which clearly cannot be fulfilled in these circumstances. This follows the new advice issued by the government yesterday to combat the spread of the virus.

Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the BHA, said:
“This is a national emergency the like of which most of us have never seen before. We’re a sport that is proud of its connection to rural communities and to the local businesses that support our industry. But our first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff so we have decided to suspend racing following the government’s latest advice.

“Racing is a family and I know we will pull together over the coming days, weeks and months and support each other. By stopping racing, we can free up medical resources, doctors and ambulances, be they private sector or NHS, to assist in the national effort to fight this virus. And we can support racing industry participants and staff as they face up to the personal challenges ahead and care for their own families.
“There will be difficult months ahead for many of us. We need to focus now on ensuring that we can continue to look after our horses as the virus affects the thousands of participants and staff who dedicate their lives to caring for animals. We need to do what we can to support businesses inside and outside racing and the many people whose livelihoods depend upon this £4 billion industry.

“We are in constant contact with the government which understands the very significant consequences of this decision for jobs and businesses. We will work with them to do our best to manage the impact.
“Racing leaders will keep today’s decision under constant review and endeavour to keep all customers, participants, staff and dependent businesses informed as the situation progresses.”

From Warren

Warren would like to add that it is a huge shame that the season has gone like this but health is everything. He is immensely proud of his staff who have continued to work hard through this time and he is hugely grateful for their support and that of his owners too. Let’s hope these new measures are effective and we can all carry on as normal in the near future. We hope everyone is staying safe and happy in this difficult time.

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