After she fell at Ffos Las at the beginning of November, I knew we had to do something to help her and had many sleepless nights trying to work out what we could do to prevent her from pulling so hard.
The former Olympic showjumping coach Jabeena Maslim lives just down the road from us and has always had an involvement in the jump schooling of our horses. We commandeered her and with Susie Leeson, who works on the yard and has an enormous collection of bits, we set about quietly working her in the school over series of grids using different tack to try and get her to come off the forehand and lighten in the hand.
Anthony’s father used to train The Dikler when he ran in point-to-points and he was a big, strong horse who always raced best in a Kineton noseband.
He ran in the Cheltenham Gold Cup seven consecutive years and won in 1973.