If you backed Good Man Vinnie (10/1 into 3/1) many of you did, you have Tom to thank for your winnings.
Vinnie was off the bridle for nearly the last circuit and he was in 6th with half a circuit to go. Tom kept at him, finally in behind the favourite, Posh Totty. At the last Tom pulled Vinnie out. He flew it and sailed into the lead to cosily win by 6 lengths.
After a great deal of patience and optimism Ring Minella finally proved his worth giving us our first win of the 2018 season at Warwick on the 7th May. Having run 9 times, throughout his campaign, only to have been placed 3rd at Hereford earlier in the season, Ring finally benefitted from the drying ground and a strongly ridden finish by Paddy Brennan. To say that his 100 fold owners were 'happy' is an understatement. We were extremely relieved!
For Carmel relaxing in the field after his win
For Carmel went down to Newton Abbot to grab the last of the soft ground. We decided to change tactics, Paddy sent him of in front where he out jumped and out stayed his rivals.
Bob, Jason and Steve get the rundown from Tom.
Doitforthevillage finished off another great season by finishing 4th in the Red Rum chase on the Thursday of the Grand National meeting, bringing his total earnings to over £80,000
Paddy debriefs the owners after Doitforthevillage is 6th at Cheltenham.
All the staff turn out to send Doitforthevillage off.
A great run by Doitforthevillage 6th in the Grand Annual despite meeting traffic problems at every turn.
On Friday at Cheltenham Un Beau Roman and Doitforthevillage both went looking to take the prize in the feature race of the day, The BetVictor Handicap Chase.
Un Beau Roman was looking to retain his title after winning the race last year. Meanwhile, Doitforthevillage has been progressing we throughout the year, winning 5 races, and was now in a position to take on Un Beau and the rest of the 9 strong field.
It was an exciting race, in front of a packed out Cheltenham Grandstand. Both horses took a little time to get into their stride, but it was Doitforthevillage who was out in front two out from home. Un Beau Roman finished strongly under Nick Scholfield, suggesting there is more to come from the former Cheltenham winner. But none of the field could catch Doitforthevillage, who powered up the famous Cheltenham hill to win the race and secure Paul Henderson Racing’s 3rd Cheltenham winner, retaining the BetVictor Handicap Chase for the yard.
Two more of our new novice hurdlers run tomorrow following on from the promising runs of Hatchet Jack and Good Man Vinnie at Exeter at the end of October, we are heading to Chepstow Races tomorrow to see Ring Minella and Abbey Street making their first appearances under rules.
Abbey Street, a 6-year-old by Asian Heights, owned by John and Janet Baigent, was placed in point to points in Ireland before we purchased him.
Ring Minella is an unraced 6-year-old gelding by Kings Theatre. He's owned by The National Hunt Racing Enthusiasts (NHRE) Racing Club, who are some of the nearly 14,000 followers of the NHRE Facebook page. The page is set up to help racing enthusiasts keep in touch with all things National Hunt Racing. A group their members have decided to get into ownership for themselves by setting up their own racing club and leasing their own National Hunt racehorse. There are 120 members involved with Ring Minella. It is a fantastic, low cost, opportunity to have a real taste of owning a racehorse!
We've been waiting for the soft ground, which has finally arrived, so we are looking forward to seeing these two (and many of the yard's horses) coming on with each race.
Last weekend saw us host our annual owner's 'do' down at our Whitsbury stables and gallops. The annual event, now in its 5th year, signifies the real start of the national hunt season for the yard.
The day is a great chance for our owners to come down to Whitsbury, to see the horses in action on the gallops and meet the team who look after the horses so well on a day to day basis. This year we even had a few special guests as top jockeys Nick Scholfield, Tom O'Brien and Paddy Brennan came down to ride out and talk racing.
On a delightful sunny September Saturday morning, tea, coffee and cakes were served, before everyone headed down to the gallops to see some of this year's top contenders out on the gallops. The horses looked fit and strong, ready for the season ahead; even a small down pour and a lack of umbrellas couldn't dampen spirits (even if it did dampen a few outfits).
Back at the yard the sun came out and the horses again took centre stage as the parade got underway. All 22 horses in training took their turn in the spotlight, while Paul gave some insider details on and background on our equine stars.
A fabulous spread and a few beverages finished off a fantastic afternoon. It was fantastic to see so many of our owners attending and great to get the opportunity to talk racing with so many knowledgeable enthusiasts.
Now we look forward to seeing some exciting prospects perform in the season ahead!