Python put in a pleasing effort in his race at Newcastle today and give owner Dave Carter hope for his future prospects. Prior to running Python won the ‘Best Turned Out’ award, yet another BTO for Amy!
Today’s tragic accident at Haydock in which stalls handler Stephen Yarborough suffered fatal injuries, reminds us all of the vital and dangerous work stalls handlers do.
On a daily basis, stalls handlers ensure the safety of horses and riders, they are the unsung heroes of horse racing and without them the sport couldn’t function.
Everyone at Ashgill Racing sends their condolences to Stephen’s family, friends and colleagues.
Second and Third lots are seen going through their paces.
Jockey coach Russ Kennemore of the Northern Racing College brought the mobile equiciser to Ashgill Stables for the staff to practice on after their work riding out on the gallops. He gave tips and advice to all the stable staff.
Always one to lead by example, Andy sats on an equiciser for the first time and demonstrated the riding style of jockeys of his era. As Sam said of Andy’s skill “It never went away did it?”
Here’s the same young horse being ridden for the first time, just minutes after being backed:
Andy & Amy have put a lot of work into this young horse. He’s seen here being backed prior to being ridden for the first time (see next News item). Even the noise of the builders working nearby doesn’t faze him.
Following Racemaker’s win, Andy was interviewed by Robert Cooper in the winner’s enclosure. Amy and Jackie also managed to get in the picture to make it a family outing for Team Crook!
Flying the the flag for the yard and giving everyone a welcome boost, Racemaker put in another gutsy performance to win at Ripon!
Congratulations to owner Helen Sinclair, a long time supporter of Andy and his team.