It has been a super season for us, made special not just by One For Arthur's win in the Grand National, but also by the improved perfomance of our team as the season went on.
Eleventh place in the trainers' table with £926,414 prizemoney and forty three winners is excellent and a rise from twenty sixth place last year. Of course, the Grand National prizemoney, which made One For Arthur leading jumps horse and The Two Golf Widows fourth in the country for owners, was exceptional.
However, it is not just about Arthur. We have had twenty seven other horses who have won, including multiple winners Big River, Tantamount, Imjoeking, Marcus Antonius, Mumgos Debut, Newtown Lad, Catchthemoonlight, Bescot Springs and Vertigo. We started the season down on numbers and with a poor strike rate up until Christmas, but having relaid the gallop and with Jamie Turnbull leading the team we have turned it around.
I believe that our strength is our home team, and with professional jockeys riding out daily, the horses are given effective work. The jockeys have deservedly won plenty on the track: Derek is 15th in the country on earnings with 18 winners, Grant had 10 wins, Blair 11 wins, Stephen 8 wins and Alex 7 wins (and an eighteen percent strike rate).
We have excellent owners to support and invest in us and I think that judging by the hospitality boxes at Cheltenham, Perth, and Kelso this spring the inclusive nature of the yard makes for a great team spirit. Thank you to all of them.
And what next? The team is even more determined to build on last season. We will continue with our system of getting the horses fit and sound to run, and will be sourcing more horses through the summer. Through this website, we will detail a few tweaks to the facilities and will keep the news up to date. There will also be the Facebook page LUCINDA RUSSELL RACING for more regular updates and photographs of day to day life in the yard.
Thanks to everyone who follows us, it is, and always has been a team thing, and we are all focused on giving our horses and owners the most success possible.