New racing column by locally-trained Twitter horse Gud Day
8:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Sport
So, the jumps season got properly underway with the first Cheltenham meeting last Friday. I had great fun racing round with Lucy Alexander on my back, I even beat 12 horses but still only finished 10th. It was a competitive race and that uphill finish is steeper than it looks! I’ll be back racing in a few weeks and will keep you up to date with when and where.
A Gud Weekend.
Fergal was delighted with all of us at Cheltenham – he had five runners and three made it into the placings.
Beggar's Velvet finished fourth on Friday in a very competitive novices' chase which was won by Sire Collonges trained by Paul Nicholls. That's possibly one to watch.
On Saturday, local jockey Paddy Brennan was in great form riding two of my stablemates – Bradley was fourth in the handicap chase and Fiddlers Bid came third in the 'bumper' (Flat race to educate young jump horses) at 50-1.
Fiddlers Bid ran a brilliant race. This weekend look out for my mate Silver Roque at the big Aintree meeting – hooves crossed he can win.
Neighhhhbouring trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies had three winners over the two days at Cheltenham, The New One and According To Trev ridden by his son Sam and Hunters Lodge ridden by amateur jockey Ryan Hatch, who was delighted to have his first Cheltenham winner. Well done, Hatch!
The World’s Greatest Racehorse.
No, not me, Frankel – the world’s highest-rated racehorse – won his 14th and final race, putting up a magnificent performance on very soft ground at Ascot on British Champions Day.
I would like to wish him a very happy retirement with Juddmonte at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket where he will take up a new career in the breeding shed.
We all look forward to seeing the first Frankel junior, perhaps with another fine racehorse, Snow Fairy, playing mum?