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25 April

Posted on April 25, 2019

Four at Warwick today represented our last runners of the season – nothing entered tomorrow or Saturday – and I was delighted that we finished on such a high.

MY CHARITY took the maiden hurdle impressively – travelled very strongly through the race and took it up coming to the last. A mistake there had our hearts racing, but he ran on well to win comfortably. He loves this better ground, and will be kept on the go for the first part of the summer at least. I’d be very disappointed if he doesn’t go in again – he is a horse that I have always thought a great deal of.

SKIPTHECUDDLES was on something of recovery mission after Ayr, and so was back over hurdles as a confidence booster. Travelled much more happily today, and jumped well, but still kept plenty back for himself when the going got tough at the end of the race. He will always be a frustrating horse with his own ideas, but he’s got such talent and is such a lovely horse that you’d forgive him his quirks !

FOLLOWTHESWALLOW ensured that the season ended on a high note with a double by taking the staying handicap chase under an ice-cool ride from Lilly Pinchin. He’s a horse that has to be ridden from stone cold last place – we fool him into thinking he’s out for a day hunting for the first 2 miles – before creeping into things and getting there late, and Lilly judged it to perfection today. He jumped beautifully, and kicked on from the last to win comfortably. That was the perfect end to a good but frustrating season for him – he’d been placed on 5 of his 6 his previous starts, and fallen when clear in the 6th – and I’m delighted for his owner Mary Gwillam, who has been fantastic supporter of ours for some time now.

Last but not least was HELLO BUDDY making his debut in the bumper. He has only come to himself in the last few weeks – at Christmas I doubted he’d get to the track this side of the summer – but he has developed well in the last couple of months, and merited a run. He travelled well in front for a long way, but showed signs of greenness when they turned into the home straight and he came under pressure in the last 2 furlongs. He will come on a bundle mentally for that though, and he’s one to look forward to over hurdles next autumn.

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