Ladies Day at Aintree yesterday, an extraordinary occasion, there is something life-affirming about the way that City comes out to party, nothing will stop them, the atmosphere is great and they dress for show rather than the weather which was bitterly cold. High class racing too, the very best horses and some imperious displays over the first two days of the Grand National Festival – great local success too with Rory Westwood and Stuart Coltherd producing Tartan Snow to win the Foxhunter’s at the grand age of 13, a wonderful culmination to a story that began in 1995 when a young Rory bought his dam at Doncaster Sales and started the dream, fantastic.
Back to Aintree today for the National, the poeple’s race and massive media attention, I have no idea who will win but I would absolutely love it if Imperial Commander could defy top weight and make up for connections desperate loss yesterday of Little Josh, he is the class horse and if he takes to the fences, which I think he will, then maybe he could do it, I doubt I will burden him with a bet from me. We are back home but Lucy is about to head down to the cauldron of excitement to ride Caledonia in the 5.40.
Sharp here again this morning, a relatively quiet weekend, lots of work with the horses today then one runner tomorrow, Isla Pearl Fisher in the 3.45 at Hexham, 9 run, Lucy rides and the ground will be good. His first hurdle run for a few years he is “well-in” on his chase rating and should appreciate the drying ground, but hurdling is different and just nice to see him run a nice race.