As Celtic Art was our final runner of the 2022/23 season, he brings our National Hunt season to a close. With only 18 winner, it has been frustrating with the ground and weather however it has also been our biggest earning season in terms of prize money, the team won over £360,000 in prize money!
Our biggest earner is clearly Dashel Drasher, who only won one race, however finished second in three Grade 2s: The Many Clouds, The Relkeel and The Cleeve Hurdle. He also finished second in the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle! We count our biggest win this season as our successful appeal against his demotion at Cheltenham. Rex spoke eloquently when giving his evidence and made some clear arguments and fully deserves the credit for our fruitful endeavour. He ran his heart out all season and I believe his best races were in defeat behind Nobel Yeats in the Many Clouds and behind Sire Du Berlais in the Stayers Hurdle. He is now on his well deserved holidays and we look forward to following a similar route in the Autumn, switching between hurdles and fences.
Kissesforkatie has now retired to the paddocks, however she showed her class over fences this season. She ran 5 times, won once and finished second four times, earning nearly £30,000 and gaining TBA Elite Mares' status. Champagne Court has similarly run well all season, winning twice over this season at Perth and Newbury, always running his consistent race.
Sizable Sam was another with seconditis but managed to win his Novice Chase at Exeter, he is an exciting prospect for staying handicap chases in the future. As is Stormy Flight, he enjoyed a successful second half of his season after a full MOT. Lady KK was ultra consistent and enjoyed a step up in trip and fences, winning at Taunton.
Our novice hurdlers ran well this season, Celtic Art and Annie Magic winning theirs, I look forward to Annie Magic along with Pilsdon Pen and Petticoat Lucy over fences this season. The penny dropped finally for Pheonix Risen who has put together two wins at Taunton. Little Else was our final winner for the season, winning inthe mud at Taunton. Drash On Ruby has yet to win, however was unlucky to bump into various horses and finish second this season.
Golden Ace has shone this season in her Bumpers, she is a well bred filly by Golden Horn and she won a Wincanton and second in the Aintree Grade 2 Mares' Bumper. Diesel Line won impressively on his debut at Exeter. Lily Luna has run two god races and we look forward to her running in Novice hurdles in the Autumn. The Plimsoll Line and Wavering Down both won early in the season at Warwick and Newton Abbot respectively.
Our sole flat winner last season was Pride Of Nepal who won three at Goodwood, Salisbury and Windsor last summer. He has returned to form with a second on the All Weather last week, we will wait for the ground as he likes it quick!
We have also said goodbye to a few, Native Robin is now retired and heading off to live with Emma who is devoted to him. We endeavour to find the best homes for our retired racehorses and Champersgalore, Mr Mars Man and Ballybough Nora are all settling into their new careers and homes.
Many thanks to all our Owners for their continued loyalty, the team for all their hard work and of course Brendon Powerwashers for their lasting support.