Having set a target of 100 winners at the beginning of the season, I was delighted to achieve it on Grand National day at Aintree with Saint Are (pictured right, in the yard this morning), whose fantastic win in the Listed handicap chase came a year after his Grade 1 victory in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at the same meeting.
Though he had not been in the best of form in his previous three starts, those had all come at Cheltenham and the return to Aintree off what looked a good mark saw a much-improved performance under a good, strong ride from Dougie Costello. His form at the course now reads 121 and I’m sure we’ll look for something for him there next season! I am delighted for his owner David Fox, who has several exciting horses with us, including Our Island, who has been confirmed for the Scottish National (a race we won last season with Beshabar) on Saturday.
Postmaster made it to the 17th fence in the National before being pulled up but he was absolutely fine afterwards and has come out of the race in great shape.
I was a little disappointed with the run of Aland Islands, who jumped and travelled well but looked to stop quickly and he obviously wasn’t quite right on the day. He seems fine at home but that will be it for the season for him now and he will have a summer at grass before perhaps going chasing in the autumn.