March is finally here, hopefully this means some more sun, less rain and slightly warmer temperatures! We have had a busy couple of weeks which has been great, so plenty to update about!
With our recent runners we have had Madam Be run at Taunton, over a much shorter trip than ideal, but she jumped well and now qualifies for a handicap mark, she will be running again soon when we find her some better ground. She looks a picture and will hopefully do well this spring/summer!
Follow The Tracks headed up to Southwell last weekend for a handicap hurdle, it was an overnight trip, which we all find great fun. Once we got 'Spike' settled with his dinner we headed out to Southwell town for a Chinese and we all had a thoroughly good time. The next day the heavens opened, once again and turned the ground from perfect good to soft to almost heavy. Unfortunately he was running in the 4:00 so it was a fair mess by the time he was due to run, but as he does he ran his usual solid race to finish 2nd, franking his form with the favourite 'Gilzean' whom he beat in his previous run also. He came back a very tired horse, but Will Featherstone gave him a good ride and looked after him. He has come home in great form and will be running again for the Racing Club towards the end of the month.
The three year old colt has now been named 'Robero', he is starting to really show something now which is great. When he came to us he was very green, but in the last couple of weeks his bits of work have got better and better, he is proving to be quite quick, as his pedigree would suggest. All being well he will start off over 7f at Southwell at the end of the month.
This month is exciting as we have some new faces running including Shanandoa and Ballyheigue, they both went to Kempton last week for a gallop and came through it very nicely. It was Shanandoas first time away from home and she was very professional and showed a very good and gutsy attitude, something that will stand her in great stead. 'Bally' is a bit of a legend and galloped well, he doesnt put in too much effort at home so it was good to get him away, he came alive once he was on the track. He is also set to go to Southwell at the end of the month with young Hattie Heal on board in an amateur race. Shanandoa is still a little on the weak side but she will head to a 'newcomers' bumper at our local Wincanton on the 1st, all being well.
Green du Ciel had a little break and is now flying again and will be running shortly, hes a real legend in the yard.
Martys Magic and Castlemorris King are back in work and are trotting at the minute, both very fresh and well.
Norfolk Sky and Under Review are cantering away nicely, Under Review has now been added to the Racing Club, he should prove a fun little horse for them.
In The Crowd has now been sold, we figured it was the right time to sell him. We bought him, fixed him and did well with him, unfortunately we never got a win but we wish Roy Brotherton and his new owners the best of luck. He was a nice chap and gave the racing club some great days.
Our new office is starting to look good, we are looking forward to moving in, its a lovely space for owners and alike to come, enjoy and be comfortable when they are visiting the yard.
Quite a long blog for today, I should update sooner when there is so much going on, I have more, but I will save that for next time!
All the best and thanks for reading!