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Jockeys Come Out Of Hibernation

Posted on: 18th Mar 2017

Tom Queally is back from his stint in America and Macau. George Wood is also back from a spell in America where I believe he rode up to sixteen horses in a morning. Hayley Turner is also back now the weather has warmed back. Dan Muscutt has been beavering away all winter.

Last Saturday LORD GEORGE and KING OF NAPLES worked together, we then had a few unraced three year olds working on Wednesday and a good work morning today. Fred Archer Racings LORD GEORGE (Tom Queally)went with Rose Armstrongs HIGHER POWER(Sandra Middleton). It looked a sensible piece of work that both horses would have enjoyed. LORD GEORGE looks much more at ease with himself this year. Another Fred Archer Racing horse, MAGICAL DREAMER (Hayley Turner) went with Elite Racings TRIBUTE ACT (George Wood). Both horses were having their first piece of work of the year and both ended last year winning at Kempton. The Hoppers and Morriss's 4YO MAZZINI (Geoffrey LaSayette) went with Global First's GOTHIC EMPIRE (Dan Muscutt). We are very happy with all the horses as they are looking a lot better in themselves than this time last year.

We are getting many visitors at the moment as people are getting excited about the impending start of the turf season. We have had several members from FAR who have been to see their horses. Paul Ryan came to see his new Dutch Art filly PRAXIDIS on the heath this morning.

Cheltenham was excellent from our armchairs. I thought ITV did a very good job and were very informative. When we had a few jumpers and we got to them to the Festival we would obviously go but we haven't been since REVEILLEZ won The Jewson. Walking into the Cheltenham winners enclosure is the most memorable experience and the pride you have in your horse is immense. It really is all about the horse and the people around the winners enclosure are horse lovers and appreciate what it has taken to get there.

We also had two Champion Hurdle winners. Two years after James started training ROYAL GAIT won . He was an amazing horse but nearly nine years old when he arrived at Pegasus in the autumn of 1991. He had broken down on both his front legs at different times and we were not allowed to let anyone know who it was. Even the lads in the yard knew him as The GunnerB gelding. No one had any idea he was actually nine. Anthony Stroud who was Sheikh Mohammed's racing manager at the time very kindly steered him James's way. He won The Champion on his fourth start over hurdles. He was a wonderful horse and lovely to have him in the yard. He sadly died of a burst aorta in his first race back just after Christmas at Leopardstown. It has always been one of the biggest lows in James's training career.

HORS LA LOI was a completely different kettle of fish. Where as ROYAL GAIT was a huge enthusiast and very brave HORS LA LOI did not want to go anywhere. We had a lovely lad called Eric who rode him out everyday and he would just take him off on his own and canter him wherever he could. He was hugely talented and had achieved a huge amount at a very young age. He was not easy by any means.

Anyway it was great to watch Cheltenham and there are always so many great stories which make the week so much more special.

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