Midnight Monty won nicely at Huntingdon yesterday, blinkers on for the first time, up in trip, back over hurdles and on better ground than he's previously experienced. The stewards were unable to work it out and called me in for an explanation! On the back of yesterday, let’s hope he has regained some confidence and can go on and get his head in front again. His owners deserve it, he has had the best of everything. They have stuck with him through thick and thin. On my advice, he’d have been retired as a riding horse after Newbury. The decision was made to give him one more shot and we agreed it would be over hurdles. Another reminder to be opened minded with all horses, nothing has to be set in stone and we have to work with what we have. I have always been very open and honest with what the horses show us at home. As long as the owners are happy to pay the bills I’m happy to work with what we have, best we can. Yesterday was very pleasing on all fronts.
The final day of the season and it’s back to zero for one and all tomorrow. It all starts again on Tuesday and we will be looking to get on the score sheet as soon as possible. I feel immensely proud of how well the horses have run throughout this season and particularly proud of all of the staff, not one of them had a day off sick and have worked tirelessly. They, more so than anything else are the key to the success we’ve all enjoyed this season.
For a small stable we have punched well above our weight, 21 winners, of which, 16 were individual winners. 102 runners giving us a 21% winners to runners strike rate. For a £1.00 level stake we’ve returned a profit of £87.32.
We couldn't do it without the horses, staff or owners, tonight seems a very appropriate time to thank all of them for their support.
Heads down and onto next year tomorrow.
Willie Mullins is some man, for what he was subjected too earlier in the year I couldn’t be happier for him.