Thorpe has had his issues in the past, including recovery from a colic operation, but he seems to be coming back to his best and he won with confidence this afternoon at Perth. It was his second win this summer for his owners Lady Jane and Michael Kaplan; Jane is on the committee at Perth Racecourse so it is great to train winners for her at Perth.
Near To Tears ran a cracking race stepped up to three miles. Given a patient ride she stayed all the way to the line to be third, and may mix both hurdling and chasing on good ground.
We welcomed a couple of our old teammates back to the yard this morning when Craig Nicol and Graham Watters rode out. Craig has done us proud in the past few years and won the champion conditional jockey title two seasons ago. Graham is about to embark on his next adventure riding in races in the USA and he and his girlfriend Rosie are waiting on visas before moving out there next month.
The foal show was great fun and I was really impressed at the standard of the foals forward. Our champion was an athletic Kayf Tara colt out of the black type Karinga Bay mare Lifestyle. He was exhibited by Kate Ford for her father David; Kate is a familiar face as she works at the sales for top consigners Goldford Stud.