Ascot Racecourse would be the perfect venue as the facilities there are fantastic and the ground really holds up as it drains so well. We’d be really supportive of such an initiative.
I had a day out at Cheltenham on Festival Trials day where we ran Regal Encore – he pulled up in the Hugos Restaurant 2m5f handicap, but we are far from disappointed as it was too quick for him.
I took Harry with me and met up with some friends including Sam and Hannah Watson (nee Bailey) who were over from Ireland. It was great to see them. Hannah used to pick me up on the side of the A303 and take me for lessons with Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks where she was working as headgirl at the time and where I spent my school holidays when I was about 13.
Sam does a lot with Willie Mullins working horses on the flat, as well as giving the staff lessons. Hannah could have been a top class rider in her own right. She’s an incredible horsewoman and such a beautiful rider,
When Hannah went to work for Sam and Dag Albert’s I went there too for a couple of years as a working pupil with my horse who I evented up to intermediate level. It was a lovely place to work and there is no doubt that it stood me in good stead with the racehorse, especially the youngsters. You never stop learning, but it gives you basis and it’s the reason why I am so particular about how our horses go on the flat. They have to be straight, forward, going off the leg, and even in both reins.