Of course, although my attention is focused on our runners at Kelso, this week is only really about one horse and that is the peerless Frankel who bids farewell to the racecourse at a star studded British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday. There has been tremendous press coverage, most particularly the article in the Sunday Times magazine last Sunday which I highly recommend and yesterday’s antics in Hyde Park should grab the Nation’s attention (see bottom).
I, along with many other much wiser men, have no hesitation in saying he is the greatest racehorse I have ever seen or am ever likely to see. I am sure that he would beat any horse on the planet at any distance from 5f to two miles and it makes it particularly special that he is trained and owned by two men that have contributed so much to our sport and that are both battling serious illness. The stage is further enhanced by a talented but modest jockey along with a star struck groom who both clearly feel blessed to have been associated with a horse who is quite simply different to all the others. Hopefully at Kelso on Saturday I will be able to glimpse him winning on television and I hope I will pause to reflect and take in the moment. I enjoyed watching the horse win at York as much as any day in my life on the racecourse (and there have been a few!); that day he gave our family a wonderful day out that will rest in our memories and to watch him close up cooling down under the trees with his proud groom was really special. And I mean “he gave,” that is the wonderful thing about training and owning racehorses, they give everything they have (well, most of them) and in return ask for very little, just the care and attention they deserve. Frankel, I salute you, be lucky on Saturday and blow them away!
Late booking for Lucy today at Uttoxeter – Turbolinas in the 4.10, slight change to travel plans – back home last night from Wetherby for clean clothes then off South again first thing this morning, back up to ride out in Cumbria tomrorw am then to Cheltenham to ride Gud Day – the people’s horse – one of the few to have his own twitter column – https://twitter.com/peopleshorse – in the 5.40. Damp here this morning after a really wet Wednesday, plenty of good work done on the all weather yesterday so an easyish time for most of them this morning.