Chatton yard quickly back amongst winners
There can be few, if any, more picturesque racing stables in the country than the South Hazelrigg, Chatton yard of trainer Rose Dobbin and her assistant, husband Tony, a former top NH jockey and Grand National winner.
The views from the yard are stunning, the facilities including swimming pool, indoor work areas, all weather gallops etc are top class
The yard held its annual owners’ “Open Day” last Sunday and it was blessed with glorious weather.
Rose openly admits she was ‘pleased to see the back of season 2018/19” and added: “I’d like to put on record just how amazingly supportive our owners have been through this. They’ve been extremely understanding and patient and I can’t thank them enough.”
After 25 winners in 2017/18 (a seasonal best), last term yielded seven and the yard closed down for a period after it was hit by a virus which affected performances across the board. In fact before Monday, September 9 the last runner was in April and they decided to put all of the horses out to grass and not run any “s ummer jumpers”
Their first runner back was nine year old Lady London, a previous hurdle winner, who duly defeated the two hot joint favourites at Perth to win the Rewarding Ownership with the Roa Novices' Handicap Chase for owner Carole Jones, a fairytale return to action for the yard. Lady London who really goes best on right handed courses could be set to return to Perth later this month.
Then 24 hours later it was a second win at Kelso with Rose’s parents, Mr and Mrs Duncan Davidson’s Honourable Gent romping home in the Peter and Gillian Allan Chase.
Like Lady London, 11 year old Honourable Gent had been off the course for a considerable time, but has shown in the past he runs well and wins when fresh and so it proved.
It was Lady London’s second victory and Honourable Gent’s seventh success.
However, it could be into October before the yard gets into full swing again .
The stable is bursting at the seams again with around 50 horses in training. There are many well know faces among them who either missed all of last season or at least part of it for various reasons.