“Do memories plague their ears like flies?” asked Philip Larkin in At Grass, a poem about thoroughbreds in their dotage. Aside from TV’s Mr Ed and the bloke who gets it straight from the nag’s mouth, horses rarely talk so it’s hard to tell what they’re thinking about. In sporting terms, hearing from the rides would be like asking Lewis Hamilton’s old car to be a pundit. It’d drone on and on, and although the car could present TV executives with an alternatives to Michael Owen, the amount of backend support staff required to keep the car running would make Ronaldo a lower maintenance alternative.
Jockeys and trainers, however, do like a natter. And in this video we see what winning at Cheltenham 2019 would mean for Kayley Woollacott. She became a National Hunt trainer after her husband, Richard, took his own life in January 2018. Kayley guided Lalor to a debut win over fences in their first outing of the campaign at the Cheltenham November Meeting. Can they do it again at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, where Lalor is among the early favourites for the Grade 1 Arkle Challenge Trophy?