End Of Season
Another season comes to an end and it has been a respectable one with 12 winners on the board, 15 2nds, 20 3rds and 13 4ths with a total of £119,104 won in prize money. The highlight of the season was winning the Somerset National at Wincanton with Themanfrom Minella ridden by our Conditional jockey Max Kendrick. There were also some very promising starts for our youngsters which gives us lots to look forward to for the future. We will keep a few horses going through the summer as they wait for better ground and we look forward to another successful season ahead.
It has been a long, hard winter for everyone with far too much snow and rain which has been a challenge at times but I would like to thank our fantastic team of staff for keeping everything going and battling with the elements - we look forward to a long hot summer!!
It is the end of an era for us as Midnight Jazz has been retired to stud - she has been a fantastic flag bearer for the yard and has a very special place in our hearts as she was the first homebred winner for David Allen, born on Edgcote Estate out of our lovely mare Ring Back. She won 6 races, 2 bumpers and 4 hurdle races earning £71,385 in prize money, reaching a handicap mark of 140. She was so tough and hardy and always tried her best. We will always remember her battle with Vroum Vroum Mag where she went down fighting beaten a head at Doncaster. We look forward to following her progress as a broodmare and all being well training some of her offspring - she will be visiting Telescope and we wish her new owner, Eskdale Thoroughbred the very best of luck.
It was also lovely to see two horses purchased as foals which we sold as store horses making it into the winners enclosure again with Who's My Jockey winning his third race for Philip Hobbs and Joe Farrell winning the Scottish Grand National for Rebecca Curtis.
Many congratulations to our Head Lad Danny Hannig who ran the London Marathon in a fantastic time of 3 hours 27 mins on his first attempt on what was the hottest day in history! He did an amazing job in raising over £2,200 for Racing Welfare which is a great charity benefitting all members of the racing community. Well done Danny.
On Saturday we enjoyed the first running of the new point-to-point at Edgcote which was a great success in spite of the awful weather in the build up to the day, there was good racing and a large crowd. George made it 3 wins on Tiny Dancer in the pony race which was a good way to start the day. We have a quiet week ahead with no jump racing planned and look forward to getting the horses out for their summer holidays as soon as the weather improves! Then kicking on with the summer runners and getting some winners on the board as soon as racing resumes for the new season.