A solid start for Divina Grace

It has been a slow start to the season this year but things have been heading in the right direction with the horses running well and yesterday Divina Grace confirmed her well being with a win on her seasonal re-appearance at Chepstow.

The daughter of Golden Horn owned by the Top Hat & Tails Syndicate had made a good start to her racing career last year, running five times with a win at Newmarket plus two placings. She was a big two year old and a winter under her belt was always going to be of benefit allowing her to strengthen up and fill her frame. She prefers fast ground and with the wet early spring we had she has had to wait for her first start of the year. Eventually the ground dried out and a mile and a quarter handicap at Chepstow was chosen to start her off. Ray Dawson was booked to ride but had to step down due to illness and an able substitute in Hector Crouch was found.

In the race itself she raced prominently from the start before settling in to third place. When they quickened up she was initially taken off her feet a fraction but stayed on well and finished strongly to win by three quarters of a length. She looks like a step up in distance will be appreciated and will more than likely be seen out next time over a mile and a half.

Thank you to the in form Hector Crouch for the ride (he rode a treble on the day !) and congratulations to Eamonn, Kevin, Scott and Marisa for their first winner of 2023.