Saturday, 21 April 2018

What a difference a week makes! The sun shone and we went to Chaddesley Corbett with four horses. We had Hannah on Beech Hill who was unseated at the fourth, but both were fine, Paddy on Last to leave (his first start over fences) who jumped beautifully, but was pulled up suddenly after a circuit and a bit as Paddy thought he had done a false stride after a stumble and he was worried he had gone wrong, but thankfully he seems fine and thoroughly enjoyed himself without being bottomed, Paddy also rode Glory Hunter in the novice riders race and two from home looked as though he was going to win but just got caught on the line with no more than two lengths between the four finishers. Velvet Cloud had her first run of the season with another novice rider, a local girl called Claire Angus, who had a lovely spin on the very gutsy Cloud, who was in a really hot Ladies race as there was no restricted, and just missed out on fourth place by a nose. We were delighted with her and Claire rode her very well.
Tomorrow we are taking Velvet Steel, Popaway and Kingsley to Guilsborough. I am really looking forward to it as having walked it on Friday night it looks perfect going, although it has just started to rain. However, it is our old stamping ground so the picnics and socialising should be good fun and it
will be lovely to catch up with everyone.