We had a great day at Goodwood yesterday, culminating in Ree’s Rascal yet again running his heart out in the last race. Prior to that, we had an interest in the Magnolia Cup, the ladies charity race, where Tricia Simonon had a ride. Tricia has been riding out for us for the last few months in preparation for the race, so we were eager that all went well. Unfortunately, the horse I had hoped she could ride in the race became unavailable, so Richard Fahey very kindly stepped in at the last minute to provide Baldemar for her to ride.
In the end, the pair came home a very honourable fifth, and most importantly never looked like parting company, unlike one or two of the other riders who came a cropper after the line. Thankfully, there were no injuries and the event (along with the Ball the previous night to which we were lucky enough to be invited) raised an awful lot of money for charity. The riders give up an awful lot of their own time to get into shape for this race, and their efforts should be applauded. We’ve really enjoyed having Trish ride out at ours as she’s great fun, so hopefully she’ll pop back every now and then to keep her eye in.
I’m sure people will get sick of me going on about Ree’s Rascal in these blogs, but yet again yesterday he showed why he’s such a favourite of ours. Sensibly settled towards the rear by Nathan Alison, off the back of what was a frenetic early pace, Ree’s came with a sweeping run down the outside (Nathan had obviously been watching Richard Hughes ride through the week) to just about hit the front approaching the final furlong, before being swamped by the winner, and just missing out on 2nd place by a short head. His record over the last few seasons bears the closest scrutiny and he just keeps improving as his handicap mark goes up. I was so pleased for his owners Wally and Ree Hayford, who like the rest of us absolutely adore this horse, and are always up the yard giving him polos (I’m sure Ree’s will be expecting a visit this morning).
I have a couple of entries over the weekend, though for both of them I will be keeping a close eye on the ground. If Paloma’s Prince runs, he is in great form and should run his usual solid race, whilst The Champagne Boy has a good attitude, but will be having his first start and I’m sure will learn hugely from it.