Fruity earns his holiday

Heart of the South Racing celebrate Fruity O'Rooney's fifth place finish in the Scottish National
Heart of the South Racing celebrate Fruity O'Rooney's fifth place finish in the Scottish National

LOWER Beeding-trained racehorse Fruity O’Rooney is basking in the glory of his fifth place finish in last weekend’s Scottish National.

Fruity, trained at Cisswood Stables, and owned by the Sussex-based group Heart of the South Racing, was among the challengers but faded towards the end of the £180,000 steeplechase at Ayr, won by 2010 winner Merigo.

Eloise Penny, of Heart of the South Racing, said: “Four miles was pushing his stamina to the limit and just got the better of him in the final stages. Fruity also loves his routine and because of the travelling he stayed up the night before. In hindsight, we feel this maybe unsettled him a little. The ground was drying out all the time which didn’t play in our favour either.

“So these things considered, he ran a super race to finish fifth. Three to three and a half miles in soft ground is his ideal and in these condition he will continue to be very competitive next season. He is now having a well deserved holiday. It was a brilliant way to end a magical season with him.”