We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas; while we haven't posted for a while we have been working hard here at Paul Henderson Racing. Christmas or not the horses still need mucking out, feeding and training, and the lads have all been working hard to make sure they are all in fine form. Of course, the festive season brings with it a packed schedule of racing, and we were at a jam-packed Fontwell yesterday, with Thepartysover and Easter In Paris.
It was Thepartysover who was up first in the 12:05. Held up at the back, hopes were high for the 11-year-old grey, who had won at Fontwell in December last year. Unfortunately, 3 fences in the party was literally over when an awkward landing unseated Liam Mckenna and left everyone with the post-Christmas blues. Happily, the horse was caught quickly, uninjured and apparently unfazed. His short effort didn't take too much out of him either and he'll back at the races again in the next couple of weeks.
So it was left to Easter In Paris to bring back a little Christmas cheer. The 7-year-old who had come over from Ireland in October and who had fallen at Fakenham last time out, in her first outing for the yard, didn't seem to feel the pressure. she'd clearly come on a long way since starting her training under Paul and stayed on well to finish 2nd against, what looked like, a well-handicapped winner. We are all really pleased for the Runthatbymeagain partnership, who have been well deserving of a result. Let's hope it's the first of many, and we see Easter go on from this run.
Today we head to Lingfield with Mount Vesuvius, who makes his flat debut on the all-weather over 1 mile. This horse is a real trier and never lets us down, so while it might be too much of an ask for a win first time out, he'll give it everything he's got!
Paul Henderson & Jane Patten