Sarah Humphrey Racing Newsletter
Last week saw William receive his prizes for winning the leading pony rider award for 2017. This is the third year that Cudlic Verona has won it (twice previously with Sean and James Bowen) so she is an exceptional pony and has taught William a tremendous amount.
His aim is to follow in the footsteps of the Bowen boys and become a professional jockey. We had a great tour of Jamie Osborne’s yard, saw Toast of New York (his story should be made into a film), followed by lunch and the presentations. It was a truely memorable day.
The Happy Chappy had a great day out at Sandown. He was running in the London National over 3m4f. This was a big ask for a 6 year old having only his fourth chase run, but he jumped brilliantly and ran well against much more experienced handicappers. Unfortunately a fence had been taken out which they would have jumped three times, turning the finish into a bit of a flat race which did not suit him as he is not the fastest horse in the world. Nevertheless he picked up a little prizemoney and gave everyone a great day out. He’ll now have a short break whilst the winter ground is here and return in the spring and continue progressing.
Stonebrigg Legend ran a nice race at Fakenham to come fourth. She just needs to run in one more novice hurdle to get a handicap mark and will then be very competitive in her own grade. Postbridge continues to be frustrating. She has lots of ability, but likes everything to go her way. We’ll continue running her quite frequently and one day a race will fall her way. Dealing with, and working out horses likes and dislikes, are some of the many things that makes training horses interesting and give me many sleepless nights!