At last, this morning we came out into the yard to find the fog rising and the sunshine starting to beat down on us, the birds are singing and I think spring is just about nearly here!
The horses have put up some great performances in the last week or so, Green du Ciel ran twice in 7 days, the first at Towcester where he looked the winner turning in but unfortunately the massive hill found him out, he finished a gallant 5th but he came out fresh enough and didnt have a saddle on for four days, after a very smart peice of work he was entered in a handicap chase at Taunton, just severn days after Towcester. He headed there the outsider of the lot, but on a flatter track which suits him more he was running them down all the way to the line to finish 3rd, beaten only a neck for 2nd! Good old George ran a blinder and came back looking very pleased. He has spent a few days in the field now and is very fresh! Its lovely to see an older horse behave in the way he does!
In The Crowd also ran at Towcester last week and hated the ground, Paddy Brennan saying it was the 'worst ground I have ever seen at Towcester', it must have been pretty bad! He showed he wasnt enjoying it much and just coasted home, also in 5th! He is a horse we dont normally run too often but he seemed to come out ok so he headed for a very competitive handicap at Kempton on Friday, he ran ok and finished close enough but unfortunately came back lame, he had a nasty puncture wound just above his hoof, he is only the easy list for a few days and I am sure he will be just fine and back to his consistant self soon enough!
Follow The Tracks went to Taunton aswell and ran a super race to finish a very close 3rd! He is a real star to have come back from the bad leg injuries he had and this season he has run 3 times and been placed twice already! His turn will definitely come soon I am sure, all being well he will head to Southwell at the end of the month where the track should suit him nicely. He has come out his race nice and fresh and has been getting nice and dirty in the feild, he also loves nothing more than going out in the sand pen with Tuffstuff and rolling over and over and over again!
Tuffstuff heads to Kempton Park tomorrow for a racecourse gallop which will bring him on a lot, he is a big, heavy horse that is very lazy at home but hes in cracking form and schooled brilliantly the other day on the all weather.
Madam Be will probably head to Taunton next week for her last run for her mark, she has put on plenty of weight on her little break and will be an exciting mare through the summer, she will make a smashing novice chaser next year, anything she does now is a massive bonus.
Young Tom Garner has been in every week riding work and schooling, he has ridden a couple for us now and is a good young rider that is good value for his 5lb claim.
We have started putting in a new luxury office/owners room that will be a big asset to the yard, with all facilities that you need. Perfect for our owners to come and enjoy a morning here, watch their horses and enjoy a nice breakfast! and hopefully be able to watch a re run of their recent winner!!
The Piccolo colt has nearly got a name, his owner just needs clarification from the BHA, he is coming along nicely and will head to Kempton at some point for a spin round before he starts off.
The Brian Barr Racing Club still has limited availability and has now had 10 runners with 8 being placed! a great strike rate so get involved now. We also have a limited number of shares available and some quality horses for 'whole' ownership for sale.