Doitforthevillage ran a solid race, jumped well and travelled well in the BetVictor Chase, which he won last year. He moved nicely into third at the second last when unfortunately he slipped on landing and lost his back end. Tom had sat patiently on Doit and crept into a good position, he did extremely well to stay on board as Doit was very close to coming down.
You'll be pleased to here Doit trotted up sound the next morning and appears to be ok after his mishap.
We flew out to Ireland to look at a number of horses which Aidan Kennedy had lined up for us. The first we saw was Crossley Tender
We liked him and although we saw many others, we felt he was the nicest and the best value. He's a good looking horse, forward going, jumps well and has won a point to point , he was also a good 3rd in a winners of two point to point. He's fit and ready to run and is being syndicated.
Whilst visiting Ireland we had the pleasure of staying at the Minella Hotel, Clonmel.
We have had a few Minella horses over the years. John Nallen who's family owns the Minella Hotel prefixes all his horses with the hotel name. I'd been looking forward to staying there sometime. It was great to finally visit the place. we had a great stay.
Big Man Clarence Ran at Fos Las supporting Pittville Park Syndicates new colours. It was a long way to go but for the first time we had heavy ground.
Run Don't hide also ran in the 2 mile chase and jumped and finished well, James Best thought he would come on for the run.
Duarigle went to Sandown in his first novice hurdle and was 7th in a competitive event, we were pleased with the way he travelled and Paddy Brennan thought it was a good performance for his first hurdle race.
Not only did Turban win the doughnuts for best turned out , he showed the others a clean pair of heels leading from start to finish. His jumping was fantastic and Tom said he was able to take a pull on him after every jump.
This was a perfect example of team work, a week before the race George and Brad had advised me that Turban was a bit bored with his daily routine, we changed his work, we backed off him and took him leading the youngsters over the hurdles. He arrived at the course a happy horse, fresh as a daisy.
Paul Henderson & Jane Patten