News + Views
We’ll try our best to keep you posted with all the updates from the yard throughout the season. Our blogs will be short and sweet because who has time to write or read more than 140 characters these days. You can expect to see something new at least once a month - we promise!
End of an era
Over the last month I have tried several times to find the words or courage to publish that our dear Lalor had moved to Paul Nicholls but every time I tried it made my heart hurt and felt far too permanent. I ran out of time & the journalists got there before I did, although we have had a little time to heal first.
It is obviously gutting for all of our team, he has given us our best days in racing at Aintree & Cheltenham and allowed me to achieve both a Grade 1 & Grade 2 winner, something I never dreamt possible. However, Lalor was not just a racehorse to me, he was the horse that held mine & Bella's life together when it had fallen apart, for that we owe him so much more than the wins. He ensured the journey continued and was the fabric of building the life that we have now, a life that we love.
The decision of Mr Staddon to leave him with me then was one that I will always be grateful for and there has been no fallout with his move. We have been so very lucky to train for Mr Staddon for many years and thank him for supporting us in establishing KW Racing. We remain friends having enjoyed huge successes together and we look forward to seeing Mr Staddon, and his horses, go on to achieve more.
The last 18 months have been hard for us all, with Covid stopping play and then Lalor developing Atrial Fibrillation and subsequently pneumonia, thankfully now he is a healthy horse for next season. Despite being sad, we wish him and Team Ditcheat well and will always be cheering him home when he runs. My small trainer has grown up so much over the last few years and while it will be difficult not to see his face everyday, we are looking forward to the day he returns home to us in his retirement.
New Year and into Spring 2021
It’s not been an easy start to 2021 for anyone with extended lockdowns and cancelled point to pointing but there has been a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for a while now and we’re looking forward to seeing people again. We will be planning open days and coffee mornings ahead of next season soon!
We’ve been pleased with how the horses have run so far this season, it’s been a strange season with it feeling a bit stop start especially with the Point to Pointers. The Kings Writ has had yet another good season without getting his head in front, thanks to the handicapper always keeping on top of us but we’re excited for next season with the veterans series and possible Hunter Chasing too. He’s now off on his summer holidays with a few youngsters.
We were delighted with Stratton Oakmont who has run a couple of good bumpers and is now on his holidays. He is a lovely horse for the future who just needs a bit more time and plenty of Dr Green to fill out his young frame.
Goodgirlteresa has finished her racing career in one piece, she is now off to the breeding shed and will visit Ask. She has been a huge part of our stable, despite not being a world beater she has provided us with three wins and her syndicate had a lot of fun with her. We’re excited to see what youngstock she can produce, fingers crossed she is able to have a few beautiful foals.
Lalor has continued to progress on his road to recovery, we’re pleased with how he is at home and he holds two entries at Aintree. Fingers crossed we stay healthy this week and depending on declarations we will make a decision which way he’ll go but the aim is to have a nice time and come home in one piece. He will have been off the track for 440 days so it’ll be our priority that he has a good experience. He likes good ground so there are more options to continue with a late spring campaign.
Lallygag (aka Sam) Lalor’s little brother is running at Taunton on Thursday so it could be a big week for the It’s Gino x Laviola boys! Having galloped at Wincanton twice, 4 year old Sam is having his first run in a bumper, it’ll all be a big learning experience for him and he’ll no doubt come on for the education.