It was both an emotional and popular victory at the well-attended Hackwood Park point-to-point when our gallant old warrior Carruthers gave Lily her first race win on Easter Monday. She rode a cool race in the competitive Ladies Open as there was a runaway front runner which has in the past been Carruther’s nemesis. However, Lily did not panic and her old friend seemed to be so pleased to have her in the saddle that he did not sulk but jumped impeccably throughout, caught up with the long-time leader and sprinted clear with two fences to go.
We all held our breath but they kept their composure and put in two spring-heeled leaps before cruising passed the winning post in front. Carruthers certainly looked very pleased with himself and LiIy, wreathed in smiles, nearly fell off hugging our old friend so enthusiastically!
His little brother Flintham (Rasher) has returned from his Cheltenham outing a little jarred from the fast ground but otherwise none the worse for wear. Unless it becomes really soft at Aintree, he will be rested before having a go at the French Champion hurdle, which is run over 3 and a quarter miles, usually in very soft ground. We may take him for a practice over the French hurdles a couple of weeks before (May 21st) and we are all greatly looking forward to the adventure.
We are very excited by our young horses who are all working with great promise and shaping up to be some of the best we’ve ever had. None of them were bought expensively but are showing every sign that they will be competitive with those purchased for telephone numbers, so there is a lot to look forward to!