Wilson full of hope Kinloch Pride can pull off emotional win
The horse Kinloch Pride
The race Rievaulx Sporting Supporting Macmillan Handicap (5.15 York)
The story Racing’s biggest annual charity meeting – since its establishment in 1971 it has raised more than £7 million, with the day being the biggest single fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support – features the Catherine Kinloch Paver Memorial Macmillan Charity Handicap, run in memory of racehorse owner and breeder Cathy Paver, who died in March.
Paver was the biggest supporter of Noel Wilson, and it will be hugely emotional for the trainer and Paver family if Kinloch Pride, the five-year-old mare who she owned, pulls off a fairytale success in the concluding sprint handicap.
Wilson says Kinloch Pride hasn’t stopped improving this year, and has won four of her five races. The long-term plan was to get her into this race and we were mighty relieved on Thursday morning when she sneaked in towards the bottom.
She’s in great fettle and has been nicely freshened up since her win at Thirsk last month. There is plenty more to come from her. I don’t think the step up to six furlongs will be a problem and believe she has a great chance.
Since we moved to our current yard at the beginning of December things have really picked up in terms of results. We’ve new gallops and paddocks and it remains an ongoing job. It’s a lovely, tranquil place and the horses love it.
It would mean a great deal if Kinloch Pride could win on this particular card. Mrs Paver was the mainstay of my support for the last 14 years. She always had three or four horses in training with me and was very loyal.
It was a great shame to lose her. I wouldn’t be training now if it hadn’t been for her support.