Not everything went to plan at Aintree but our horses still earned significant prize money over the three days to take our total for the season soaring past £3 million.
This is the fifth time Team Ditcheat has passed that notable landmark and the first since 2014-2015. It’s is a highly pleasing total when you consider that we only had eight winners on the board by the end of September and were not in the first twenty in the trainers’ table.
Unexpectedly soft ground after heavy rain at Aintree on Thursday didn’t help some of our runners. Others including Clan Des Obeaux, Topofthegame and Politologue ran well without quite showing their best form. They each finished second in Grade 1 races keeping on without looking like winning and will soon be heading off on their holidays.
Topofthegame probably ran a little bit flat and I’m inclined to put a line through the run as nothing went to plan at all during the race. He is still a novice until the 1st of November, so as a prep race for the Ladbroke Trophy I might find a small novice chase for him.
On Friday McFabulous gained his third win from four starts with a hard earned victory in the £25,000 Grade 2 Weatherbys Bumper.
The first horse I’ve trained for Giraffa Racing, he is still a bit of a baby but has a huge engine and will be an exciting recruit for hurdles next season.
Christopher Wood did well to finish third in the Grade 1 Juvenile Hurdle on Thursday considering that he would have been much happier on good going. He is highly promising and could turn out in a £100,000 novice handicap at Sandown on the final day of the season.
This weekend we will be taking a team to Ayr including Ibis Du Rheu in the Scottish Grand National, Malaya in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and Secret Investor in the Future Champion Novice Chase.
For the latest news on my runners on Saturday please turn to my regular Betfair column which goes live late afternoon on Friday.
Finally I would like to pay tribute to Tiger Roll for his superb second success in the Grand National. The reception he got afterwards well and truly set Aintree alight and the whole day was a great advertisement for jump racing. Tiger Roll is a magic little horse, doesn’t waste any time in the air and stood out a mile in the paddock beforehand, head and shoulders above everything else. The crowd loved him, he is brilliant for racing and is arguably a Gold Cup horse running in handicaps. What a star.