Thursday 8 August
Jumping For Fun!!
Best Of Luck to Harriet and 'Alice' today when they jump in the big Pony Club competition in Hickstead! If form is anything to go by they will have a very good competition as they were both in the Oakley Hunt West team that were successful in Addington earlier in the week. Harriet will be riding Curry Hero - known as 'Gavin' in the yard, and 'Alice' rides Magnifico (Maggers). I seem to have been banging on all week about how important it is to find those horses that are no longer suitable for the racecourse, a good home/job afterwards, and as I type this I realise that Magnifico is another prime example of what can be done with these ex racehorses. Maggers was a very talented youngster - Home bred by Mrs Robeson - he was in training with Sir Michael Stoute. Unraced as a 2 yr old - he fluffed his lines on debut, but made up for it in style winning his second start. He was then a winner next time out before going off at just 10/1 for the Wolferton handicap in Royal Ascot. Unfortunately, like a lot of the family he proved to be quite fragile, and succumbed to injury. He was tried once over hurdles, but again it was a no go - so after a good spell of rest he was re-trained as an eventer and Alice has had the ride. His winning days were not over and the pair had have a great deal of fun both eventing and show jumping over the past few years. Let's hope he has another winning day today - Good Luck Girls!!