As Derek and Stephen were down in London at the BHA hearing yesterday we moved Thursday's schooling to this morning. Twenty horses, from soon to run handicappers to unraced three year olds, had a morning jumping the logs then up the different obstacles. There is a video on the home page of Moorstown and Well Above Par, both due to go chasing in the next few weeks, and one of Thepensionfund and Hey Listen on our Facebook page. Jumping hurdles were Parker, Simone, Urban Kode, Hey Listen, Thepnsionfund, Charlie's Lass, Devito'sgoldengirl, Rossamilan, Catchthemoonlight, Sky Khan, Ceegem, Chasseur De Tetes, Spoils Of War, Tap Night and over fences were Vertigo, Well Above Par, Moorstown, Mumgos Debut, Haul Us In and Missjoeking.
Pictured is Well Above Par circling after jumping well with Stephen.
Yesterday we had a social morning with a visit from Rupert Arnold from the NTF, Rosemary Stobart and Thomas Kendall. Rosemary came to watch Rising Marianbard while Thomas watched Run Rocky Run both horses working steadily up the gallops.
Also yesterday Derek and Stephen had their ban from the Perth void race reduced to two days after the BHA Appeal Panel heard their case. William Norris QC, chair of the panel concluded that while the jockeys had committed a breach of the rules by passing the yellow flag, they had little time to react to it. He added that Perth and other racecourses need to look at their yellow flag procedures so that everybody is given a real opportunity to stop in good time. See a full report of the case from the Racing Post HERE The reduction in the ban means that both Derek and Stephen will be free to ride at Perth next week.