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The season that was...

The 2019/20 season was really the season that never was. It proved to be a really challenging season for many reasons, despite the circumstances there were some great days!


Our summer was spent doing a rain dance, we had been looking for soft ground all of last winter for KNOCKADERRY FLYER and it never arrived. This winter however, it rained, rained again and rained even more. Perfect ground for dear old Derry. However it was sadly not to be, Derry suffered a season ending injury just before his first intended run. It was a big shame but in racing we have to take these things positively. The horse always comes first and Max discovered Derry's injury early enough to give the horse every chance of coming back next campaign. A big thank you to all of Derry's patient owners, you have to endure the bad days to be there on the good days and we've enjoyed many good days with Knockaderry Flyer.



Knockaderry Flyer at Warwick last season



Our first runner was Cloudy Joker, frustratingly he didn't want soft ground. He started his campaign at Cottenham, running a pleasing enough race to come 4th in the Mens Open. He got tired in the ground and James King didn't give him a hard time. Cloudy had a minor setback during a time when quite frankly he wouldn't of run anyway, the ground was just horrendous everywhere and many meetings were abandoned. Cloudy Joker the ran in, what ended up being the last point to point meeting of the season. He ran a fantastic race at Larkhill to come 3rd in a hot mixed open. James King set out to make the running and Cloudy showed what a lovely game horse he is. He was hard to pass battling back twice over the past two fences before getting slightly tired on his comeback. He continues to show us that he is loving his racing. We can't wait to get going with him again. His team of owners are a lovely fun group of people and they all adore Cloudy. He is one of the characters of the yard.



Cloudy Joker at Cottenham




Cloudy Joker at Larkhill



Our most regular runner this season was newcomer BITOFBLINDING. 'Bob' was in terrific form at home and although he also wants good ground, Max decided we had to run him and get more experience into him. He headed up north to Sheriff Hutton. Running over fences for the first time, he handled it really well. For a long way he travelled like the winner before getting very tired in the heavy ground. He jumped well and we were delighted, a good starting point. He then had a little break while we waited for a gap in the weather before heading to Cottenham. He ran a very exciting race, again travelling like the winner until making a mess of two out. He then ran on strongly for 3rd under Ben Love. Ben rides Bob a lot at home and gets on well with him. We again missed a few intended targets in-between due to the ground but Bob eventually ran at Larkhill in the 2m4f Maiden on the same day that Cloudy Joker ran. He was racing prominently and was enjoying himself before getting in tight to the 11th fence and unseating Ben. There will be plenty of days for Bob, although a lot further away than we thought! He is a lovely horse and will be fun to get involved with. There are still ownership and lease shares available in him and I'd encourage anyone who loves racing to 'jump on board'...



Bitofblinding at Cottenham



Bitofblinding at Larkhill



As frustrating as this season has been, there are more important things than racing. We completely understand why the season had to be ended prematurely. We hope all of you get through this difficult time and we can't wait to see you during the 2020/21 season.


A huge thanks to Max and his team for their continued hard work. We were devastated to hear that a crucial member of the team sadly passed away recently. Harley Cornock was a great horseman, one of the funniest people I've ever met and he always had a big smile. Harley has helped take many of our horses to the races and was adored by all of our owners. He will be missed by everyone and we'll never forget him.


Louis Gill


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