Just over twenty four hours after the elation of seeing Vino’s Choice bounce back to winning ways at Perth, we suffered the tragic loss of Ash Hill at Hexham. A highly promising individual, he was a horse we had big hopes for this season and it is a massive blow for the yard and in particular his owner Ronnie Bartlett. Ash Hill is pictured earlier this week with Derek. We also had the misfortune of Theglasgowwarrior sadly pulling up on his return to action on the Flat at Pontefract. His owners Sandy and Lucile Bone have been incredibly patient with him and it was a shame that we were unable to get him back racing competitively.
After a couple of notable disappointments, it was great that the day ended on a high with Methodtothemadness getting off the mark over fences at just the third attempt. Given a patient ride by Derek, she jumped her way to the front at the last and soon had matters under control, coming clear to score by an emphatic eleven lengths. In the same race, Voix d’Eau led the field early before gradually dropping back, and with his enthusiasm for racing on the wane, it has now been decided to give him a happy retirement.
Of our other runners, Prince Dundee ran well for a long way, challenging the leaders until clouting the third last fence and dropping back to finish sixth. He will now be given a short break until Hexham resumes in the autumn. Celtic Flames similarly made a bold show until getting tired in the closing stages of the 2m4f handicap hurdle and should be back to form next time, whilst Petite Rhapsody was too keen stepping up in trip in the maiden hurdle and will revert to 2m for his next run.