Hello Dad! Its time for Bud to bow out

Monday, 13 May 2013

It was definitely one of the happiest days of my career, one I’m never going to forget. To ride my favourite horse, Hello Bud, is a fantastic privilege, even when he gets beaten, but to win a race like the Becher Chase was simply unbelievable.

It’s hard to find words to describe the horse, he is such a legend; to achieve what he has at the age of 14 is incredible. I love this horse almost as much as I love my mum and dad.

I can’t explain how much he means to me; he is the best thing that has ever happened to us as a family. He is unbelievable, his heart is so big and he jumps for fun. He just keeps galloping. He was out on his head in the last halffurlong but kept digging in.

The Teen Army

Thursday, 09 May 2013

The victory of Hello Bud in this month’s Becher Chase was inspirational because big-race success for such a veteran is so rare.

Had Nigel Twiston-Davies not taken the decision to retire him, Hello Bud would have been 15 when the next Grand National is run, and would have been bidding to equal the record of Peter Simple (1853) as the oldest horse to win the race.