Another glorious spring day but heavy hearts at Kinneston on the desperately sad news that Lorna Brooke has died following her fall at recent fall at Taunton. We join with rest of the racing community in sending our deepest sympathy to her family and friends, our hearts go out to them. She died doing what she loved but a numbing and grim reminder of the risks faced by jockeys on a daily basis, may God rest her soul.
Reporting our news seems very trivial with such a tragic shadow cast over the sport but suffice it to say we had a good weekend with Dubai Days sharing the spoils in a thrilling dead heat at Ayr on Friday swiftly followed by Manetti bouncing back to form to finish an excellent 2nd half an hour later.
Yesterday in the Scottish Grand National Lake View Lad also returned to form with a gallant 7th place, beaten only 10l by the winner carrying top weight. He proved he stayed 4 miles well and travelled and jumped nicely through the race, a tough performance considering the heavy fall he took at Aintree. This afternoon at Hexham McGinty’s Dream was running a much better type of race until a shuddering mistake stopped him in his tracks, too far out to know what the outcome would have been but he certainly looked like he was going to play a part in the finish. Day off tomorrow before we head to Perth on Wednesday for the first day of their three day Festival, we have four runners starting with hurdling debutant Penny River in the maiden hurdle at 1.25, a nicely bred staying chaser in the making we will be looking for a good introduction, 14 run and Grant rides.
Signifiant then makes his stable debut in the 3.35, he hasn’t been here long and we have been fairly easy on him so he should improve for the run, hard to assess how he is handicapped as based on French form – Henry Brooke rides and 11 run.
We then have runners in both divisions of the staying hurdle for Amateur riders and a welcome return to the saddle for Kit after the Covid related ban on Amateur riders. In the first division at 4.40 he rides Arnica who has been in good form this season and should like the track, trip and ground – 11 run, cheek pieces on.
Then in the second division he rides Silk or Scarlet who has had minor wind surgery as we try to help him find his form again, very well handicapped if it has worked and he stays – 11 run again. Ground at Perth was good last night and should ride on the softer side on day one after further watering today and tomorrow.