More seconds but thankfully a winner amongst them !
The Magic Moments Awards held at The Marriot (Newcastle Racecourse) were once again a great success & very well supported. We were lucky enough to have two horses nominated for awards HALCYON DAYS and PAIN AU CHOCOLAT but unfortunately for us, they met some excellent competition and we came home with no trophies ! However, there was a big trophy returning to Howe Hills in the form of John Wade’s lifetime achievement award which was presented to him by Niall Hannity and Gordon Brown. Congratulations to John & Jess Dance who were crowned Flat Owners’ of the year. A great night was had by all and although a 2.30am finish isn’t great when you start at 5.00 – it was well worth it ! Special thanks to John Wade who (on stage to everyone) tipped Ronn The Conn to win his race at Newcastle the following day which well and truly put the pressure on! Of course he finished 2nd as did Smiling Jessica on the same day !
On the following Sunday I ran Nortonthorpe Legend in the Northern Lights Staying Chase final at Carlisle – a £25000 handicap which had been his early season target since April. Jumping the last , I really thought he had the race won but unfortunately he got pipped at the post and finished 2nd (!!) by a neck. It was a brilliant run but very frustrating to hit the crossbar for the 3rd time in two days.
Another highlight of this month was presenting The Senior Remarkable Achievement Award at The Northern Echo Local Hero Awards at Wynyard Hall. The award was won by former soldier James Rose, 30, from Middlesbrough, who had achieved incredible sporting goals despite losing both legs in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Was brilliant to see Dougie Jemmeson there too , who at 90 years old has been shoeing horses for 72 years !
Captain Mowbray was our next runner and I’m delighted that he finally pulled it out of the bag to win his first race! It wasn’t without incident (as most of you will have seen by now) and Tony did remarkably well to maintain the partnership , jump the last without whip or irons and stay on to win the race. It was a brilliant day for Premier Racing and a fantastic way to break the seconditis ! Many thanks to Mary who brought some goodies to the yard this week to celebrate the winner – the Champagne breakfast was greatly appreciated, as was the huge amount of chocolate cake consumed!
Some of the flat horses are now on their holidays at Howe Hills and although the weather hasn’t been ideal they have really let themselves down and seem to be enjoying having some time out. Most have either have a field shelter or come inside during the evenings and although they have thick turnout rugs on, some are hardly recognisable with their thick winter coats !
In other news our Amateur jockey Aaron Anderson and work rider Kim Fox both had their Birthdays this week , the tack room snack boxes are now well and truly stocked up with enough cake until the New Year….! Slinky is enjoying his new role , keeping an eye on what’s going on & huge thank you to Jamie the (gallop lad) and John Wade for keeping the show on the road through this awful weather !
Runners for this week include ROYAL MANDATE and RUNNING IN HEELS tomorrow at MUSSELBURGH , good luck to all – I hope to update you on our festive runner plans later in the week.