A winner at probably the best-known racecourse in jumps racing is always special and it was brilliant to see Lord Accord making his way into the Cheltenham winners’ enclosure on Saturday 22nd October.
The seven-year-old won his first two starts after joining the yard aged five back in the autumn of 2020, once in a bumper and once in a hurdle, both at Fontwell and he won again the following spring at Uttoxeter.
He had another excellent autumn last year with two wins and a 2nd placed finish before not quite recapturing that form after a winter break.
He came back in September at Worcester with a promising 3rd and we felt that with the benefit of that run, he might take a step forward and he most certainly did.
Traveling well through the race, Lord Accord was looking like the most likely winner coming down the hill towards the home straight, but with this race a furlong further than he had tackled previously and with a stiff uphill finish ensuring he would need to stay really well, there was always a moment of doubt, but he bounded up the hill carrying jockey Richie McLernon to a birthday success!
He has certainly given Lynne and Angus Maclennan loads of fun and a good amount of success and hopefully will continue to do so!