Just before lockdown the horses at Nicky Hendersons yard were performing extremely well, with 118 winners incl 4 at the recent Cheltenham Festival; Shiskin, Epatante, Dame de Compagnie, & Champ.
Warren Greatrex had 18 winners, including Emiton with a Group 2 race, the Rendlesham Hurdle.
Then we went into lockdown ........................ For a few days there was shock and confusion but then full preparations were being made for coping within the yards and with our other clients, with Covid safety restrictions in place for both clients and staff. We are proud to say that Chapel Forge was therefore quickly back supplying our services, limited in some cases, to all our clients.
By June the restrictions were lifted to allow racing behind closed doors so for us, it was business as usual, even if it wasnt quite the same for our trainers and their staff, and by this time the Flat season had started. Our other clients having been consulted and reassured at all times by our Covid safety plans, had been given a service throughout.
So far many of our trainers have had great successes incl Brian Meehan, with 22 winners, Sylvester Kirk with 8; Roger Charlton with 44 - incl Extra Elusive winner of 2 Grade 3 races, Withold and Aspetar. Clive Cox has also had 44 winners including Golden Horde winner of the Grade 1 Commonwealth Cup at Ascot, Nando Parrado, Supremecy, Cobh and Isabella Giles.
We wish all our flat trainers further success as the season comes to an end, and our Jump trainers success in their preparations for the new 2020/21 season.