A crestfallen Nicky Henderson watched on as Nico De Boinville hopped straight off his superstar, Constitution Hill, following a deeply concerning piece of work at Kempton Park on Wednesday.
Gordon Elliott marked his 46th birthday with a 21/1 plus treble as Jumping Jet coped best with the testing ground conditions in the concluding NavanRaceourse.ie Mares Handicap Chase.
Blood Destiny reversed previous Punchestown places with Spillane’s Tower when taking the two-mile Grade 3 Flyingbolt Novice Chase in fine style.
Galway Plate winner Ash Tree Meadow recorded his seventh win under Rules and second at Grade 2 level when making all in the BoyleSports Webster Cup Chase at Navan.
Ferny Hollow has met with a new injury setback and is once again on the sidelines.
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I'm from north west England, Lancashire to be precise. I lived near a place called Lancaster which is near the Lake District. I've been involved with horses all my life. I grew up with them and did pony club, did riding club and did British eventing and British dressage. I was quite successful and did that all through school. I did quite well in my A Levels and I was supposed to go and do Marketing and Advertising at Lancaster University. I had a really good horse at the time and I decided I would take a gap year and event her. While I took my gap year, I went and worked in a local plumbing and heating company in the accounts department. I ended up doing that for two years. I deferred my entry for a year and then I got the bug of earning a bit of money and decided not to go to university! So I took another gap year but, while working in that company, I kept my horse in a livery yard. In the livery yard I became really good friends with a girl called Rebecca Menzies. She kept her horses on the livery yard and we became best pals.
Rebecca went off to work for Ferdy Murphy as his racing secretary. I used to go up at weekends and go racing with Ferdy. The guy that owned the livery yard was called Walter Gott and Becky was very good friends with him. He owned horses with Ferdy and he actually owned a horse called Granit D'Estruval who won the Irish National (in 2004). I got into racing through Rebecca Menzies and Walter and I decided that I would go and work for Ferdy. I went in as a stable-staff member and I didn't have a clue about racing. I remember the first time I got on a racehorse I thought I was riding short and the horse bolted with me. I came back down the gallop and Ferdy told me to put my irons up 10 holes and I couldn't believe what I was hearing! I learned a lot through Ferdy and over time I became a barn manager. I looked after some really good horses like Kalahari King and Watch My Back. I had a good string of horses and I was there for four and a half years and I really enjoyed it. The crowd that were there at the time were like one big family and we always used to go out together. It was just a lovely place to work. He was a brilliant man and nearly every year I was there he would have one lined up to win a handicap at Cheltenham.
If you believe the rhetoric coming from within the racing industry this will be a pivotal week for British horse racing as politicians are set to debate the proposed ‘affordability checks’ on punters in Westminster today (Monday 26 February).
The debate is happening on foot of a 100,000 signature petition orchestrated by the British racing industry which has triggered this parliamentary discussion. The industry is claiming that if these restrictions on punters come into force, in their present form, they will have a catastrophic impact on the sport.
Weekend Tips with Declan Carroll and Andy Cummins
Emma Nagle is joined by tipsters Declan and Andy of the Take A Pull podcast to look ahead to the weekend's racing plus some Cheltenham chat.