Harrow family’s poignant victory at Kelso

Shauna Harrow (centre) with winning horse Lady Bluesky. Also pictured from left: Richard Bain, Michelle Gourlay, Julie Hope, Suzanne Harrow, Ian Gourlay, stable hand Gavin Scott, jockey Ewan Whillans and trainer Alistair Whillans.

Shauna Harrow (centre) with winning horse Lady Bluesky. Also pictured from left: Richard Bain, Michelle Gourlay, Julie Hope, Suzanne Harrow, Ian Gourlay, stable hand Gavin Scott, jockey Ewan Whillans and trainer Alistair Whillans.

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THE family of the late George Harrow have described how it was as though he was willing Lady Bluesky to win at Kelso on Sunday.

It was the grey’s first outing since the death of racing fan George, who succumbed to cancer last month, and with widow and co-owner Shauna, daughters Michelle and Suzanne, and family and friends watching, it led all the way to victory in the Kevin Oliver Christmas Handicap Hurdle.

“A day at the races without dad keeping us right was tough, but it was like it was meant to be and dad was definitely chasing her home. He would have been so proud and pleased,” said Michelle.

“As she approached the home straight it was such an unreal feeling and we couldn’t hold back the tears, it was just so overwhelming.”

Suzanne added: “It was a very emotional day, but it was great to have our family and friends beside us. I don’t think Ewan [Whillans] has ever been so nervous for a race, as we told him dad would be riding her too. I can just picture dad’s face if he had still been here.”

She added: “He loved his racing and we will carry on his passion for years to come.”