An every day account of a small racing yard and the highs and lows....
Saturday, 16 March 2019
We had another fabulous day at Cheltenham - The Gold Cup was fabulous but the absolute highlight was to see Ben Case (who trains on the same estate as us) win the Johnny Henderson Chase with the 12 year Croco Bay - It was totally unexpected and reduced us all to tears to see how much it meant to this small yard, Ben and Sarah and the owner, Lady Jane Grosvenor. We had seen Ben a few times on the gallops leading up to Cheltenham and he wasn't even sure he was going as he thought he would be balloted out. The old horse ran an absolute cracker and led from start to finish jumping like a bunny. Croco has had a serious of niggles and hadn't run since July so it was a fabulous training feat. It is so wonderful to see how much happiness a brave courageous horse can bring when he runs his heart out and wins against all odds - 66-1 to be precise!!
Pauline has been race riding her own horses in point to points for 15 years and is now training with Doug. Pauline has recently got her trainers permit. They are both passionate about National Hunt racing and achieving maximum potential from their horses in the best possible way. This is why ‘Equine Fitness’ is a very exciting new business for them.
In 2006 Doug eventually plucked up the courage (it only took 7 years!) to propose to Pauline whilst they were on holiday in the Maldives and they married in the Lake District in June 2007.