As I say (and I’m quite happy if this is becoming slightly repetitive!) all winners are special but winners bred at Kinneston ridden by jockeys bred at Kinneston are particularly magical so yesterday’s emphatic first win from the fine looking front running grey mare Little Glenshee will rest fondly in my memory (such as it is) for a long time. Owned by daughter Clare and leased to Kinneston Racing she looks to have an exciting future if she stays lucky.
Luck was not on the side of Forcefield who suffered an injury in the 3m handicap hurdle, one of a surprising number of injuries at Newcastle yesterday on what appeared to be perfect ground, a long rest for him I am sad to say, then in the bumper a much more encouraging effort from Elmaatigra, 5th of 15 he will now go hurdling.
Plenty of fireworks at the Cheltenham Select Sale last night and we were delighted to secure Standintheband who is now on his way to Kinneston. Lovely morning here and very busy with horses working on the all weather and grass gallops, Lucy at Wetherby to ride Indian Ocean in the 2.55, fantastic racing to watch from Cheltenham this afternoon, our next runners Hexham on Wednesday and we may make some tentative entries for the big meeting at Haydock next weekend.