Hail the Brave debutante! (video now added)
We may not have had a winner at Carlisle today but we couldn’t have been more pleased with our two runners and they are both back home safe and sound. Just Cameron was first to run, jumped really well for Richie , leading into the home straight and only really tiring late on up the hill, this was effectively his first run of the season after being BD at Wetherby latest. Two race fit rivals did come past but this was a very good effort and he is a horse to be excited about in the coming winter months – another potential winner in the distinctive red and white ‘boro’ colours of Jean and Paul Chapman.
Another horse who will be giving plenty to dream about is ‘Hail the Brave’ whom Phil bought at the DBS sales Spring Sales for small money. We have always really liked this athletic, good moving son of Lahib, and a Partnership was formed of several Owners. If he returned to the sales he would likely recover his purchase price by tenfold after this highly encouraging debut performance – but that isn’t the plan and we hope he can give everyone some exciting days out in the future. The recent purchase ‘Stonebrook’ by JP McManus was only a length and a half in front of him, and he was race fit with experience although it did of course have to carry a penalty and we nicked a further 5lbs off him with Adam’s claim. What was impressive was the tough way Hail the Brave went about coming up the hill , and Adam felt he really tried, always of huge importance for their future careers.
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