Friday, 1 July 2011


A special day at Perth yesterday, sadly Paul Carberry couldn't quite pull off the miracle and had to settle for 2nd on the Birthday Boy's horse but it was fine to see the old woollen colours out even though they seemed to have shrunk somewhat, I am sure they will be seen again (we have a cunning plan...).  Delighted though that Lucy won the feature race on Scotch Warrior for Mike Smith justifying his faith in her by beating a field of top (male!) jockeys, a splendid early birthday present but no time to celebrate as she drove straight from Perth back down to Yorkshire having just had a text from her new boss indicating that a 4.30am alarm clock would be required.  Earlier Danny John Boy was 5th and Floreana 4th both looking like they needed a stiffer test, I believe Lucy will be back in action at Ayr late on Sunday afternoon.
One's ability to enjoy Lucy's riding is continually tempered by the risks involved and and it is difficult to reconcile the emotions.  This is a particularly poignant article from yesterday's Telegraph   about Isabel Tompsett a top class lady jockey that had an awful fall at Fakenham in the spring, she is also a vet working for the wonderful Buffy who is so much help here.  Isabel is making steady progress and we all hope and pray that she recovers fully, it will be a long road.  On a lighter note Gary Rutherford emerged unscathed from these acrobatics at the 2nd last in the opener yesterday, and let's not forget Andy this weekend, cometh the hour.................. what I love about him is that he is so typically Scottish!
Bit blurry, but you get the gist.....

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