Henryville comes good
Henryville's overdue first win of the season at Cheltenham on Wednesday was entirely down to the patience and courage of my wife Ciara.
To describe him as a tearaway at home is to downplay his wayward tendancies as he bolts if you take him anywhere near our gallops.
So Ciara takes Henryville off on his own every morning, cantering him round fields or letting him do long steady work without another horse in sight to set him alight.
Frankly Ciara deserves danger money on Henryville but she has always loved a challenge and we have only persevered with him because he has a fair bit of ability.
He was fourth under top weight in the Pertemps Final a couple of years ago but makes life difficult for himself by tending to pull much too hard in his races, though he ran well enough last time in the Topham Trophy at Aintree on April 7.
On Wednesday with the help of a fine ride by Niall Madden he finally put it altogether despite almost throwing victory away in the valuable Grade 2 NSIF Silver Trophy with a careless blunder at the last fence.
Niall sat admirably tight despite losing an iron and gained his reward with his first victory at Cheltenham.
We will keep Henryville going now as there are some decent targets this summer for horses like him who need good ground.
With no sign of rain to ease the going we have been roughing off quite a few of ours as we don't want to be risking the chance of injury at this time of year.
That is why Drumcliff was withdrawn at Cheltenham yesterday as there will be other days next season for him and many more of ours who need a bit of cut in the ground.
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