This past week over one hundred yards opened their doors to promote our industry and showcase our talent; trainers, horses, and staff. With recent bad press and misleading articles, this fuelled us with determination to show the greater public how well cared for these animals are. How much time, effort, attention to detail, each member of the team contributes, will perhaps never be understood by anyone who has never worked in racing. However, we did our upmost to exhibit this. There has been a wave of positivity across social media and it’s safe to say this initiative has been a success. Many yards also used the opportunity to raise funds for pertinent charities like the Injured Jockeys Fund, Racing Welfare and the Air Ambulance.
Here at Rebecca Menzies Racing we invited a handful of retired racehorses who had been trained by Rebecca and latterly rehomed and retrained by their new owners. Rebecca felt it was important that we could show our visitors that there IS life after the track. This was a refreshing insight for people who had only ever experienced the racecourse side of the operation.
Last week also saw the season opener at Kelso Racecourse. The evening wasn’t without drama and the most eye-catching performance was that of Stuart Coltherds Midnight Shuffle in the mare’s bumper. I look forward to seeing her up in trip and over a hurdle! Ex jockey Paul Robson trained his first winner at his local track with 6-year-old, Flamboyant Joyaux under a good ride from Ryan Mania.
Another borders trainer who has had a fruitful week, Katie Scott has trained 3 winners from her last 4 runners giving her an impressive 75% strike rate. One of her entries this week, Gweedore, will be set to rack up a hattrick of wins at Haydock after success at Musselburgh and Ayr.