.. about that! A day to remember at Aintree on Saturday with Kit winning a decent handicap chase on Rossini’s Dancer and Milano Magic also putting up a career best performance under a terrific positive ride from Lucy to come a close 3rd in the next race, as expected Blackmore found the trip a little sharp and was a bit rusty after a year off, he should improve for the experience.
A good win that was properly celebrated and a happy drive home on Sunday morning, a little weary as I went round all the horses’ legs last night and pleased to say that all the week’s runners are in good shape, perhaps rather better than the trainer. Late on Saturday afternoon as the light was fading and the raucous Liverpudlian crowd was heading home I sat outside the famous old Aintree unsaddling enclosure with a cup of tea and reflected on a special day. My earliest racing memory is of being gathered round a grainy black and white TV watching my Father lead in his 1967 Foxhunter’s winner Subaltern, more recently we had great fun with Kit in the Pony Racing Finals there at this meeting and for the last few years we have made a family busman’s holiday out of a pilgrimage to the first two days of the Grand National Meeting, a special place with so many memories and for our second ever runner there to win with Kit riding against some of his childhood heroes was just brilliant – thank you Ross!
Little time to dwell though and a busy morning schooling here with Pause and Clause, Little Glenshee, Daasij, Capital Venture, The Flaming Matron, Makhzoon, Frankies Promise, Allforthelove and Standintheband all schooling well, delighted to see a very fresh Buffalo Ballet being ridden again and plans to be made, entries at Carlisle on Wednesday, Ayr on Saturday and Carlisle on Sunday; horses to buy as well, where, that’s the question, 1500 flat horses being sold at Newmarket, the Irish point-to-point season getting into full swing and Doncaster Sales next week – research being done and lots to consider, let me know if you would like one!