Northern Beau Richie and Gabby make their way to the winners enclosure
Northern Beau produced her best performance on her career to date by winning the ‘Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares Handicap Chase’ over 2m after an inspired ride by Richie Mclernon for owners Lynne and Angus Maclenan. This was Lynne and Angus first Cheltenham winner and great to get it with a horse that means a lot to Lynne as she chose and bought the mare herself. She is an ultra consistent and tough mare who has built up a great relationship with Richie, that makes it two wins and two seconds from four races as a pair. The drop to a stiff 2m worked perfectly for her, she jumped fantastically through out and looked booked for third coming down the hill before her stamina kicked in and she powered up the hill to win by 1/2 a length. The win didn’t look likely jumping the last but a strong ride from Richie saw her get her head in front right where it mattered. It was a shame Lynne and Angus couldn’t be there but I am sure they had a good celebration!! A big well done to Gabby who looks after Beau and rides her everyday. We will see what the handicapper does before we decide what to do next, she seems to like good ground so we may keep her going for another run or two yet.
Some Chaos, Ben and Becky talking to itv racing following his win.
Some Chaos continued his remarkable season when winning the class 2 ‘Liz Adam Memorial Handicap Chase’ at Kelso. Some Chaos has now gone up 43 pounds since he joined us at the start of the season and still looks like he is improving judged on the performance. Owned by Mason Scudamore racing and ridden by Ben Poste who has won on him 3 times this season. Becky looks after him and rides him everyday and has done a great job keeping him in such good form all season he is now out on his holidays having a well deserved break. We look forward to aiming him at some nice targets next season.
Old favourite KIngswell Theatre ran a great race to be second in the ‘West Wales National’ at Ffos las yesterday, given a positive ride by Richie Mclernon, just getting caught in the shadows of the line. off a rating of 137 this was one of hid best performances of his career. He ran a really good race at Cheltenham behind Tiger Roll in March abd it was great to see him back running well over the ordinary fences. He will now have a summer break before all being well heading back to Cheltenham in November for the x-country races he loves. All this after he and Mysteree had a wasted journey to Ayr for the Scottish National, we were told going up it would be watered to get good ground but having been worried when walking the track all the jockeys we spoke to after the first said it was very fast, good to firm ground all over, the official going description was not changed till after the National, purely in my opinion as they were worried about the amount of non runners they would get if they had done it before. At a time when horse welfare is so important, the going is the most important factor for injuries and it is very wrong of the course and its clerk to play ignorant and ignore the information about the ground purely to keep runners knowing the increased risk to horses fast ground provides. Race courses need to be honest about the ground then let the trainers/ owners decide if this is right for there horse there is nothing worse when course lie about there ground just to get you there. Cheltenham, Ffos las and Chepstow all did a great job providing lovely safe ground in the last week or so.