Wetherby 21st March 2017
Yes, three winners from three runners is a statistic that should be resulting in a euphoric response from members and myself, but the circumstances in which Delusionofgrandeur came home 47 lengths in front to win the 3ml Novice Chase on the card, left us all feeling saddened by the fatality involving Petethepear.
Stuart Edmunds 7yo had been jumping well and gave us guys the feeling that Danny Cook was going to have to work hard for any success.
Approximately one mile from home however, DC kicked on, and the response from Petethepears jockey was not immediate, giving us enough confidence to believe DC had the race in hand.
But sadly, in an instant, the race was over for Stuart Edmunds gallant horse as he broke down after jumping the 6th fence from home, and had to be put down.
Horrible to witness such a magnificent looking animal suffer such an injury on his return after a long lay off, and any resultant celebrations from these winning connections were never going to happen.
The show must go on, and it will, but not right now.