Kayley Woollacott and daughter Bella tend to Arkle hope Lalor
There won't be a more emotional or popular winner than Lalor at next week's Cheltenham Festival. The seven year old lines up in the Arkle Chase on Tuesday with a great chance of landing the Grade 1 prize.
Many who follow racing will be aware of the back-story, but in January of last year, trainer Richard Woollacott tragically died at the age of just 40 following a long battle with mental health.
His wife Kayley took over the training license at the stables in Devon and together with her three year old daughter Bella and a small team of 3/4 full time staff have a stable star in the shape of Lalor who could strike victory at the Festival.
It won't be the horse's first Grade 1, after he stormed to victory in the Sefton Novice's Hurdle at the Grand National meeting last year. He's taken that form into his chasing, an impressive seven length victory at Cheltenham November meeting and beating the well regarded Dynamite Dollars in the process. That form was reversed on his last start at Sandown in December and preparations have been hampered since, with the horse unable to get a prep in due to the ground.
But, without the likes of Le Richebourg and the horse he was behind last time Dynamite Dollars both out of the race, the 2019 renewal of the Arkle really does look wide open. At 4/1 with Betway, Lalor is currently second favourite for the race.
And it is Betway who have made this fantastic video previewing the race and Lalor's chances, with exclusive interviews with Kayley Woollacott, the owner David Staddon and the man who will be in the saddle in the Arkle, champion jockey Richard Johnson.
We hope you enjoy and good luck to Kayley, Bella and the team.