FIRST, I’d like to let everyone know how grateful I am for all the support I’ve had along the way.
I really feel every word, like and ‘keep kicking’ fingers being sent my way – but for now I just want to focus on my horses this weekend, and the two newbies. Interesting episode for Paul (Nicholls) at Doncaster today.
Both are from David Cottin in France, and are in the early stages of their careers at Ditcheat, and we think a lot about them.
First, I went up against Sonigino in handicap, who would have a second run for us.
He started out at a listed company which tells you how much he is valued at home and hopefully this dropout will help you.
Sonny is at the peak of fitness, and it will be really interesting to see how we continue and hopefully continue to improve.
And then I joined the Teenager Magistrato Grade Two, who was going to have a third run for us and just as much fun.
I’ve been riding both times at Ditcheat – that’s great with Paul and Clifford (Baker), they want to give the horses a lot of schooling.
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It seems obvious, but there are no rules about how to train a horse, and different people do it in different ways, which makes it so appealing. They all have their own techniques and habits.
Some might just give them a few lessons before the first game of the season, but Paul loves them dancing a lot and that really works for me!
I’m a diver so it’s great, I love to jump – and when you’re on the field, it can sometimes feel like a circle of death as they do somersaults and say, have fun!
There’s a lot of talent in Magistrato’s race, but he’s 5 pounds better with Knight Salute, who beat him at Cheltenham, so that would be very welcome.
Before that, he won at Chepstow, so hopefully he gets there with every opportunity – hopefully both.
He still has a lot to grow in his framework, his body has to do, which is a positive thing, and obviously still learning and improving, but definitely a pony. lovely.
One thing you know when a horse comes from France is that they jump a lot.
They help them overcome obstacles when they are two years old, and we have a saying when you are up there that “they are very French”.
It basically means that you just leave them alone because they jumped from a young age, they know what they’re doing and you don’t want to get in their way.
Finally, I would like to mention Bob, my driver, who is recovering from Covid.
Hopefully he’ll be back behind the wheel soon and I can put my head on my pillow again!
But seriously, it’s great that he’s worked so hard at healing, and it would be great to see him again.
Until next time, stay safe and keep kicking.
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