And they’re off, again!
Day two.. and what a day it was! Let’s not forgot it was the day for the fine fillies to emerge in their fabulous frocks…Ladies Day! There was an array of fashions: the smart, the furry and the cold (a money-saver, requiring very little cloth whatsoever)… and let’s not forget the general sea of tweed, a bed of sea-tweed you may say! But at the heart of this day of course was the powerful horses who were guided to victory by Duralock’s finest racerail (plug of the day complete!).
Tips came good!
The second day saw our tipping friend deliver once again, with Faugheen coming in first in the Neptune Novice Hurdle, Morning Assembly taking third on an each-way flutter, Get Me Out of Here coming second in the Coral Cup (E/W), Sire de Grugy storming into victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and Module taking third (E/W)! All in all it was a good day!
Sire de Grugy, Success and Glory
Probably the most triumphant moment of the day for many was the win of Sire de Grugy, ridden by Jamie Moore. The family team were doubted by many and the horse’s ability on the field was put under much speculation. Gary Moore and son train and jockey the horse at Horsham in West Sussex and the win by Sire de grugy was a crowd favourite.
Legs and Losses
The danger of the sport is inherent and those who compete do so with full acknowledgement of the risk they put themselves and their rides at. Jockey, Bryan Cooper took the term of luck ‘break a leg’ a little too seriously when he fell from his mount Clarcam and unfortunately sustained a broken leg. We wish him all the best in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the course!
Sadly, another two beautiful and powerful horses were lost during the Cheltenham Festival. Akdam, trained by Tony Carroll, fractured a foreleg and was humanely put to sleep. Stack the Deck also met the same fate after fracturing the left foreknee. We would like to offer our condolences to both of their connections.