The 2020/21 jumps season has ended, the season that we feared would never start, and which has brought quiet racecourses but some stunning performances from our horses.
Finishing in twenty first place in the British trainers table with £440,000 prize money and thirty four wins is a notable effort from a team who faced many challenges not least a late start to the season, harsh weather in January and February, and ownership experiences that fell victim to Covid and obliterated our usual race day and yard hospitality.
We are a resilient lot and the horses continued to have the best preparation possible from a team that has become close knit and who care. Our highlights of the Scottish Grand National win, Aintree Grade One Sefton Hurdle win and Northern Lights Middle Distance win topped our year but we are proud of every runner and are indebted to our home and support team who have helped us achieve our standards each day.
Most of all our owners have stuck by in times that were very different, but with easing of restrictions, and with owners and spectators due to return to our tracks the future is brighter.
We have a small lull this week while many of our jumpers will be prepared for their summer holidays or a final spring run. A team of twenty or so will continue through the summer over jumps and on the flat, while the yard and facilities are maintained and upgraded.
We will be restocking at the various bloodstock sales as our quest for quality horses continues. All the sales news will be on this site as well as general weekly news.
For this coming season I have asked Paul McIvor to contribute to the news pages with race previews and reviews as well as sales reports. While retaining our owners interests it should add to followers information and give an insight to our thoughts.
There is much to look forward to and as ever we are indebted to our owners, staff, followers but most of all our horses for giving us such an exciting existence. The future is definitely bright, bring it on.