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.



The Horse Who Stole Our Hearts By Embodying All That Is Good

Thursday, 09 May 2013

The results of Class 3 handicap hurdles are rarely particularly newsworthy, rarely elicit much emotion beyond the confines of the winner’s enclosure, especially if the first two home are 33-1 shots. The Class 3 Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) at Newbury last month was a different story, however, because it was won by Fair Along. Horses such as Fair Along are the reason jump racing exerts such a hold on its followers.