I dont know whether to start on a good note or a bad note today but I guess if we start on a bad one it can only get better.
Very, very sadly we lost our little warrior Byron Blue, or Blue Bear as he was affectionately known at Stratford on Tuesday evening. It was his first race of the season as in his usual fashion he'd gone an absolute million and had most of them beat bar the favourite who had race fitness & youth on his side, Blue being Blue doesnt lie down to anyone so when Harry Bannister tried to steady the old boy into the last he was having none of it and threw himself at it absolutely winging it but not quite being able to get his landing gear out in time for the speed he was going. He very sadly sustained a knee injury and could not be saved. Now I know many yards lose horses over time but sometimes they mean just a little bit more, and he was one of them. Jess Wareham who has looked after Blue every day since hes been here and also at his previous yard when he was with Mark Gillard, that shows her devotion to him, his owners John & Dil Singh moved him along with their other horses to us and Jess followed so you can imagine her heartbreak last night having to take his bridle off and come home without him. When Blue came to us he was a complete headcase, a runaway, nearly dangerous, they had to aim him at massive hedges to stop him in his previous yard, thats if he didnt gallop off down the hill and go round again, Jess never used to ride him until they both came here and she has ridden him every day since, they have taught each other so much and had the most wonderful bond. Dave Crosse who actually won on Blue last summer came in to ride him once at home and after being run away with about 5 times in the same lot told us never to take Jess off him again, I think he scared him a little! Jess had him going into Stratford in top order, his work had been brilliant and he was thoroughly enjoying life which was lovely to see, he was an almighty character that everyone loved, he was everyones friend and wouldnt hurt a fly. He really will be truely missed. His win at Southwell last summer was incredible, only a pony standing at 15h he carried 12st 3lb and made all over 3m, some performance, but that was him, he didnt know how to be any different. Thanks to John & Dil Singh for letting us have the pleasure of training him & to Jess for all her hard work in helping him be the horse he was.
Its now hard to swap over like this but it just shows how this game is, Majorette on only her third start for us ran out a very impressive winner at Lingfield last week, after not looking like she was going to get the gaps and it looking too late Trevor got her into daylight and she flew home. She had been a very close second in her previous start for us and we were confident she would run a big race. Another well timed ride by the almighty cool Trevor Whelan. The all weather wouldnt really suit her as shes a very big, long striding filly which makes it even more impressive. It was brilliant for Paddy Melarky who had just purchased half of her and he was delighted to say the least! Ideally we would like to find her somewhere with a little cut in the ground as she wouldnt want fast ground, so it looks like she wont be running for a little while, unless something pops up on the all weather. She was a private purchase through bloodstock agent Gary Brady and is now looking very good value.
Its nice to see the horses in good order, Clearly Capable was running an absolute cracker when coming down at the last at Worcester last week, at the weights he didnt deserve to be anywhere near them and he was about to go very close as they had pulled a long way from the third horse, luckily both horse and rider were fine.
Toolatetodelegate for Inspire Racing Club has been running her little socks off, already a dual winner and multiple placed this summer the last couple havent really gone her way but we will get her back to Bath soon and she will be back in the winners enclosure for sure.
We welcomed a new horse to the yard for Inspire yesterday, the talented but seemingly quirky Zamalight, previously with Olly Murphy and proving very disappointing we are delighted we have been given the chance to try and do something with him, I am sure he will be running within the next few weeks. We love a challenge here and to be fair have a decent record of improving and recapturing horses form so fingers crossed!
Greenview Paradise running for EBITDA Racing ran a promising third at Yarmouth & Scrumpy Boy made a very encouraging start to his chasing career to be placed at Stratford, he goes to Worcester today, again under Harry Bannister and hopefully he will run a nice race and come home safe.
Its nearly that time of year again when the yearlings, all potential stars start coming in ready to be broken and get the dreams started, last years crop included a Royal Ascot runner, and I think this years are even better. We have yearlings available by top stallions including Swiss Spirit, Poets Voice, Brazen Beau, Hot Streak, Epaulette & Fast Company. Our rates are very good for the early stages of breaking and getting them going so get in touch for more info.