Colder today, dry, at least for now. A memorable and significant win in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle yesterday for Lake View Lad under a first class ride from Henry Brooke.
Bittersweet in several ways as those close to the yard will understand but fabulous for the team nevertheless and delighted to bring one of the Season’s valuable and iconic handicaps back to Scotland. This sort of win is years in the making, among so many I would like to thank are – Kit for spotting the horse in the first place, Kevin Ross for doing the deal and Alistair Cochrane for buying him. Alistair was forced to sell him this summer in the most unfortunate of circumstances and I am hugely grateful to Trevor Hemmings for stepping in so quickly to buy him and having the confidence in us to leave him to be trained here, his first horse north of the border. Stephen Mulqueen who nurtured him through all his previous races, Mhairi who has looked after him every day and rides him a lot of the time, Kit and Lucy who have done much of his serious work and schooling. Those together with the magnificent team here along with our physios, vets and farriers – all working together to produce a result for which I seem to get the credit, I am of course a mere cog in the wheel but we would be nowhere without such a talented, tough and brave horse so thank you Alistair and Trevor for having the faith in us.
Big day today at Carlisle and Hexham of course and then we will be at Musselburgh tomorrow where we have two runners on ground that will be on the soft side of good and it is very appropriate that we will be having our first “Team Kinneston” runner in the form of Dance of Fire who runs for the team of staff here in the 1.45, Lucy rides and 11 run. He has plenty of weight considering what he has achieved over hurdles so far but was a talented flat performer and has more than enough ability to win this should he apply himself.
He’s had a good break now and works well so maybe we will see a different horse this time, we will stalk the field and then…. see what happens! Half an hour earlier Left Back runs in the 1.15 for the second Clan Gathering partnership, 9 run and Lucy rides, it’s a sharp track for a big horse like him but races are hard to find and the conditions suit well, he still feels a bit high in the weights but will hopefully run with credit.