Shaws Cross made it two wins in a row for the Henderson Team following Truckers Cailin"s win at Ffos las 5 days earlier.
Tom once again give Shaw's Cross a great ride to wim on the heavy ground at Liningfeild.
It's a long Journey to Ffos Las but seemed much shorter on the way home with a winner on board.
It was Martins first winner. We all had a great day and it was Tom's birthday so his Dad was over to join in the celerbrations.
Martin was made up as he went off home with his well deserved bottle of Champaign.
Nick Scholfield wins the Revived Inns Novices' Handicap Chase at Plumpton. We change tactics with Crossely for this race and had him up hardy as we were worried about the lack of pace. So unlike his previous race he was able to get into a nice rythm. He jumped much better and was able to exert his superiority coming round the last bend and with a good jump at the lasthe came home convincingly .
As the season gets underway we had a second place finish for Our Nest Egg at Hexham.
The rest of the yard continued their training too. Here's George on Doitforthevillage, Jamie on Crossly Tender, Rebecca on Ted Bach, Alyce on Polar Light and Bob on Trucker's Cailin as they went up the gallops on Saturday morning.
The summer is almost over so the winter jumpers are back in and on with their training. They are all coming on well, showing signs of improvement. It's great to have them all back in work. We are all getting very excited for the season ahead!
We had our annual owner's do at the beginning of September. A fantastic opportunity for all of our owners to get together, see the horses training down the gallops and share a few racing stories over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. We were once again lucky enough to have Paddy Brennan come down for the morning to ride out a couple of horses and chat to the owners.
It’s another lovely day here at Whitsbury.
The horses are going up the long gallop again this morning, as you can see in the pictures of them galloping, from thy're muscle definition , they are beginning to look pretty well. All The horses are coping well with everything we asked them to do so they are good and forward for the time of year and well on target for the start of the season.
This year we have another two arrivals from our trip to Ireland in May, Maasai Warrior and Larcadio. Maasai is our first four-year-old pointer from Ireland, although he was only third in his point, he’s a lovely big horse that I’m looking forward to seeing him on the track. Larcadio falls into the mould of a six year old winning pointer, he’s another big, good looking, chasing type.
We also have two three year olds starting their lives as racehorses, Jose, by Norse Dancer, and Tzunami, by Gentle Wave. Tzunami is out of Kylenoe Fairy. They are both starting to knuckle down to their training.
We all had a great time up at Aintree and Doit was the first English horse home in the Topham when finishing third, a great performance. He jumped the first two and then he just looked a little unsettled at the size of the grand national fences, before he jumped another couple going through them. He seemed to gain his confidence back and then began again to power over the fences another great performance by Doitfrorthevillage.
Last week we went up to Lambourn to try schooling Doitforthevillage over the adapted National fences as he is running in the Topham chase on Friday 5th April. Tom O`Brian, who rode him on Thursday, was very pleased with the way he jumped and is looking forward to riding him in the race.
Whilst we were there, we had a laugh with Brendan Powell, who won the 1988 Grand National on Rhyme `n' Reason.
Paul Henderson & Jane Patten