King Harald had finished second to top novice chaser Ollie Magern previously but as he was consistently improving under Mark’s careful guidance, we went to Cheltenham with hopes for a first festival win. The horse was confident, in fantastic form and he went to the start with a spring in his step. From the moment the flag was raised, he took up the running. It was a flawless round of jumping until he was challenged at the last. He made a heat-stopping mistake and his jockey Matty Bachelor lost a stirrup as a result. Matty kicked the other foot out and rode for his life up the long Cheltenham hill without stirrups. It was thrilling to watch!
King Harald, who won over £106,000 during his career is now retired from racing and spends his days munching on grass and galloping around the fields in the sun, remembering his victories.