Watching Whataguy become my first two year old winner at Chepstow on Tuesday evening was an awesome experience.
It was all the better because he was given a fine ride by my daughter Megan who let him find his stride from a wide draw before delivering him with a well timed challenge to beat Country Rose by a staying on head. Megan is heavily involved in the training of our five two year olds under the supervision of myself and my head lad Clifford Baker. Whataguy is the first of them to run and we all felt he would come on a fair bit for his recent debut at Salisbury where he showed a lot of promise before tiring in the final furlong on seriously heavy going. With that experience behind him I was very hopeful of a big run at Chepstow and it was a great thrill to see him finish strongly to win with something to spare. I am still learning about these two year olds and will have to look at the programme book before making a plan for Whataguy who I own in partnership with Tim and Lizzie Heal and Jack Osborne.
The triumph of Whataguy helped lift the mood of Team Ditcheat after the awful loss of Act of Valour in a heavy fall in the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday just as he come through to lead. Everyone was upset because he was a lovely horse who had a big future. It was particularly tough on the McNeill family and both Megan and Charlie Ward. Charlie Ward looked after Act of Valour while Megan rode him nearly every morning and would have ridden him in the Chester Cup a day earlier if he hadn’t missed the cut by one. How ironic that there was then a late non runner in the Cup. If he had been able take his chance at Chester he wouldn’t have been at Haydock.