Not that Rosie and Jim, our Rosie and Jim! I can only imagine how James Fenton is feeling right now, just a week to go until he climbs into the saddle aboard our Rosie’s Lady, races the 1 mile and 5 furlongs around Prestbury Park, against another 11 intrepid souls and all in the support of Cancer UK. I’m getting giddy just thinking about it and I’ll (unfortunately), not even be there! I will be here preparing the Newsletter containing the details those that have been generous enough to pay for, will be hoping recoups their subscription fees and donations. No pressure, eh.
Pressure? Nah, not by comparison to that James will be under. It matters not a jot to those competing that a Gold Cup will not be awarded to the winning connections, no cheque for £1M going into the owners BHA account (we wish!!), but just to say, “I have ridden at the Festival”, or, “I won the St Patricks Day Derby, at Cheltenham”, how magical will that be?
Post Racing is all about helping charities and when asked if we would loan Rosie to James for this race, we had absolutely no hesitation in saying yes. We have since said yes to Bob Champion and she will also run in his Legends race, run on Grand National Day at Aintree. Who would have thought, three months ago, that a Class 6 filly, having raced 16 times without success, would win twice, raising just over £2k for the charities we support and race at both Festivals in aid of two of the biggest charities in the country. Surreal.
We can only thank David O’Meara for giving us the heads up when she became available and, for then getting her into the winners enclosure twice in five days during January. Again, surreal. Make no mistake, if you are even thinking about getting into ownership, or joining a syndicate/racing club, make sure they are working with David. He knows his horses inside and out, knows their capabilities, knows where to place them to best effect and this is bourn out by the fact our own membership has tatsed so much Champagne already this year, they are in danger of becoming blasé about the whole ownership thing!
It has raised our profile, the profile of the charities we support and it can only do good all round.
I’ll finish by wishing James and Rosie’s Lady all the very best of luck and safe passage. It’s going to be a day none of us will ever forget.