All’s well that ends well for Scriptwriter

Young Scriptwriter in action

Young Scriptwriter in action

In March 2002 he was foaled, a son of Sadler’s Wells.

In 2004 he had a couple of races.

In 2005 he won both his races, and followed them up with another first placing the following season, and two more the next, including a Listed handicap.

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He was trained for four years by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin, and in 2007 reached the highlight of his flat racing career when he finished third in York’s Ebor Handicap.

He was called Scriptwriter, and what happened afterwards you would think belonged to the world of fiction. Scriptwriter didn’t seem to take much racing on the flat, having no more than five runs a season, and the same was true when Andrea and Graham Wylie bought him and sent him to Howard Johnson to train.

Although he showed up well in the Pertemps Final at the 20009 Cheltenham Festival, it too a total of 11 runs and was another two years before he broke his duck over hurdles, in a Sedgefield novice event. After a second victory there a month later, he moved on to permit holder Evelyn Slack’s yard in Cumbria. By now it was 2011 and Scriptwriter was a nine year old and slipping down the weights. A third win at Sedgefield last year gave hope of a revival, but it wasn’t to be.

In April this year, he finished second in a conditional jockeys’ race, again at Sedgefield, and Slack decided to call time. Yesterday, Scriptwriter was due to go through the bargain basement sales of cobs and ponies at Kirby Stephen, entrance fee £15. Cathryn Fry, a Cheltenham based racing journalist spotted the entry, and launched a Twitter campaign to find Scriptwriter a new home.

She told the Racing Post, “I did not wish to cause any offence to the Slacks, but it troubled me deeply when I was alerted to Scriptwriter’s plight. I believed there were only two possible outcomes for him and they were either to enter the food chain or be sold, then into Appleby Fair and be trotting up and down the road.”

But a third option emerged, not a knight in shining armour, but certainly a man on a mission. An emissary from Sheik Mohammed was dispatched to contact the vendors and bring Scriptwriter back home. Speaking on behalf of the Sheikh, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said, “Scriptwriter has been bought be Badlington Manor, a retraining centre for retired racehorses close to Newmarket and supported by Sheikh Mohammed. We have lots of out old horses there and he will be retrained to be a riding horse.”

As another great scriptwriter put it, “Alls Well That Ends Well.”

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