A day to remember for all the right reasons at Musselburgh yesterday, Lucy and Kit having a proper tussle on the run in to give the stable a marvellous 1-2 in the opener with Goldtrek at last coming good to win for her patient owners in the form of Sarah and Graham Irwin, my Mother, stepfather and cousin Wattie (his first winner and the runner up King Brex previously trained in the South for his brother-in-law Nigel, now owned by me so as well they finished in that order!).
I was absolutely delighted and walked around with a silly grin on my face that only got bigger when Or De Grugy put up a gritty performance to win the 3m handicap chase to give us a first double under rules. Nice article summing it all up here in today’s Scotsman.
Wheels rolled early this morning as two runners left for Hexham; Makhzoon runs in the 1.00, Kit rides and 4 run and Papamoa runs in the 2.30, 5 run, Brian Harding rides and the ground will be soft. A poorly supported card indicating to me that owners and trainers are beginning to vote with their feet; frankly, the prize money is insulting and there is absolutely no reason for it to be so with the current levels of media money being paid, the management must realise that if they don’t rectify this they will no longer have a business which would be extremely sad. Enough said, Lucy is at Musselburgh where she rides Cassius in the 12.50, Bogside in the 1.20, Purkab in the 1.50, Grand Diamond in the 2.50, Red Tanber in the 3.20 and Lord Usher in the 3.50 – home safe everyone please.
Whilst we were blissfully ensconsed in the “winners room” we didn’t realise this was going on in the paddock, it left Lucy with a nasty burn from having her arm caught in the reins and a badly bruised foot, she kept going of course, tough these jump jockeys, none more so than their fantastic and peerless roll model, the mighty “AP” – see below!