On Good Friday, racing fans flocked to Lambourn in Hungerford to see the equine superstars who are stabled there. Unfortunately, only one of the yards were open due to the horrible weather conditions. Nicky Henderson’s staff braved the elements to open the yard. Visitors got to meet some of the biggest names in racing- both equine and human!
A P McCoy, Mick Fitzgerald, Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville all made appearances and met the racing fans.
Nico De Boinville was nice enough to answer some of my questions.
• What got you in horse racing? I’ve always enjoyed it since I was a kid.
• Who is the best horse you’ve ever ridden? That’s a tough one because I’ve ridden lots of nice horses. I don’t like to say one- I’ve had four or fave superstars.
• What is your main piece of advice for someone who wants to be a jockey? Work hard, keep your head down and dream high.
BUVEUR D’AIR (FR)
Crillion x History
Dual Champion Hurdle winner, he is unbeaten on his last ten starts. He has only been out of the top three once (4th behind Barter’s Hill in the Grade Two Weatherby’s Bumper at Aintree).
High Chapparal x Monte Solaro
Winner of the Champion Chase, Arkle and Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival, he is likely to go to Sandown on the last day of the season to run in the Celebration Chase that he won last year.
Scorpion x Knotted Midge
He was a brilliant second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Native River after winning the King George on Boxing Day. He almost threw away the RSA last season by going for a wander up the run in. He’s a very quirky individual and lives up to his name!
Saddler Maker x Apple’s Forever
She was unbeaten until finishing fourth at the Cheltenham Festival in the JCB Triumph Hurlde. She probably didn’t like the ground and she may run better if she goes to Aintree. Lots of improvement left in her.
BRAIN POWER (IRE)
Kalanisi x Blonde Ambition
He was a good second behind Footpad in the Arkle, grabbing second close home from Petit Muchoir. This was after two disappointing runs when he fell and unseated his rider. He impressed on chasing debut and there is likely more to come from him next season when he matures further.
Martaline x Vie De Reine
This grey gelding burst onto the British Racing scene from France after winning a novice chase at Huntingdon and then beating Cyrname in the Grade One Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase. He was beaten seven lengths by Shattered Love at Cheltenham in the JLT Novices’ Chase.
OK CORRAL (IRE)
Mahler x Acoola
Owned by J P McManus, he was second on hurdling debut before going on to be second in the Albert Bartlett behind Kilbricken Storm.
PACIFIC DE BAUNE (FR)
Al Namix x Perle De Blaune
Two from three over hurdles- his two novice hurdle wins were by a combined distance of 19 lengths. He could be a lovely horse as he progresses.
SOUL EMOTION (FR)
Martaline x Second Emotion
He bolted up on English debut in a handicap hurdle and his best result in France was third. He has the same sire as Terrefort and came over from France from the same yard as him.
Amazour x Aladiyna
He’s one of the more quirky horses at Seven Barrows. After not showing much at the beginning of the season, connections applied blinkers and he showed a huge transformation. He won a Grade 3 but was pulled up in the County Hurdle begins Mohayed.
Armaans Wish (IRE)
Presenting x Pretty Puttens
He was so cheeky! He is one from three in bumpers and is yet to run over hurdles. His dam is also the mother of listed winner Didtheyleaveuoutto.
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