Saint Freule may have his own bonkers way of doing things, but he has a decent engine and today, despite some jumping that can be brushed up, he stormed up the Hexham hill to win his novice chase by three lengths. It was a most satisfactory win for everyone connected to Saint, and due reward for patience from his owner, and for dedication from his work riders; Blair and, last week, Patrick who spend extra time with him. I would like to think that he can continue to progress from today.
The heavy ground suited Saint which would not have been the case for Ain't My Fault; he now runs tomorrow at Kelso.
Arizona Bound also seemed to like the going and given a masterful ride by Blair he enjoyed passing horses to stay on into second place, an improvement on his recent form. He stays well and may be back over further next time.
Destiny Is All showed a nice way of going early on in the two and a half mile maiden hurdle, jumping well but being outpaced down the hill. He is still taking time to mature and his fifth place will be improved on.
Our day had started with a surprising fall from A Ladies Milan; a novice big jump at the first overbalanced him and he tipped up. Quickly caught by Stephen he returned with no apparent problems.
Unfortunately, Glenpark has not returned. In the handicap hurdle he slipped and fractured his front leg, falling heavily on the flat. It is devastating for his owner and everyone here who had high hopes and dreams for the talented young warrior. Everyone who reads this website will know how close knit we are and the horses are the centre of our world; Thomas, who often rode Glenpark at home was with him at the end, with a reassuring word for the stricken youngster. There are no words to describe the sadness of the loss of Glenpark.