It was a day of immense highs and lows as within the space of 20 minutes we saw Archippos record a fabalous win at Doncaster and then the beautiful young horse Allmyown suffer a fatal injury at Carlisle. Days like this are so difficult, we want to celebrate such a tough, hard fought win by Archie yet the sadness at losing our other one overshadows everything. Our heart goes out to his Owners John Birtles and Bill Allan. We won’t forget him here and in the coming weeks a photo of his stunning Wetherby win will adorn our office wall, a golden day to keep in our minds. He was a gentle character and very well behaved, one of Phil’s favourite young horses and he often chose him from all the rest of them to hack out or take up the gallops. He will be much missed.
As well as Archippos winning at Doncaster under an excellent hold up ride from PJ Mcdonald, we also saw a promising race from Rayna’s World, just beaten 1/2 a length into 2nd in her 3 year old 0-90 handicap. This is a classy filly and she should only improve from here, she is just a frame at present.
Shine Baby Shine did not disgrace herself at Ascot by any means – out of the placings but very much involved over the last two hurdles and she will hopefully drop in the handicap before her Cheltenham Mares race later in April. Top Ville Ben’s race was probably lost before he jumped off – the false start, delay and subsequent standing start having this buzzy character in a real lather as they belatedly jumped off. However, he does need some respite from the handicapper who gave him such a hike for his wide margin win at Haydock on bottomless ground.
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