It has been a while....we have been very busy and I have not had a chance to update. Daisy and I went on a small break for a few days which was good, its good to get away for a few days just to refresh, ready for the new campaign.
We have had some cracking results in the last couple of weeks, good old Head Space has had two runs in the last three weeks, running a very brave race on heavy ground that he hates to finish second and then following that up with a third at Wolverhampton last week, he heads to Newbury on Friday where we hope the good form can continue. Hes a bonny little horse, his place strike rate for us is quite incredible. Two years ago he ran 20 times and was placed 6, last year he ran 15 times and was placed 5 and since buying him he has had 10 runs for us and been placed 7 times! He deserves to get his head in front at some point, he is a cool little horse to have in the yard.
Red Unico ran an absolute blinder at Wolverhampton for us the other day on only his 3rd start for us to finish second under a very promising rider in Josh Bryan (also ridden Head Space in his last two places). The winner got first run on him but it was a solid run and he can now build on that, he will head for a similar race in a week or so.
The standout performance we are very proud of is Madam Be's comeback run, this is a filly we spent £12,500 on after winning a point, she was then placed in her two bumpers and a novice hurdle for us, we thought she was a decent mare, so when her form tailed off and just about everyone cast her off as useless (jockeys included) we knew there was something wrong. After much patience, time and effort we brought her back to a 'good place' in her head and after 355 days off the track she finished 3rd of 16 under Mikey Heard at Worcester last week, a cracking run, just getting tired heading to the last. Jumping and travelling very strong we knew she was back but thought she would come on for the run, after all she has not left the yard since finishing a long last at Uttoxter when last seen in July last year. So to have her back in good form is great and I think she will now go on to show what she actually is. I think she will be hard to beat next time.
Anne Maries Reject also ran another solid, consistant race and is due to get her head in front soon enough.
We have had a little bit of a clear out recently, its all good and well having plenty of horses in, but if some of them are no good then its pointless having them, so a few have left us in the last ten days, all gone on to do other things and we wish them the best of luck.
We welcome another two new faces, Byron Blue, another of the Singh brothers horses, a nice chap, plenty of ability, and will win races this season I am sure. He has already won three times, he will mix running on the flat with hurdling. We are delighted to have him.
Then we also now have My Brother Sylvest, on the reccommendation of Mikey Heard, so its his fault if he doesnt work out!! Although I am sure he will, a solid performer, rated 128, so at a decent level and he will mix hurdling with chasing, a big strapping horse that the girls already love, he will fit in nicely with what we do, freshening horses up and he was with David Pipe a long time so hopefully we can do something with him and have plenty of fun for the rest of the summer, he is for sale to stay in the yard.
All the hay was cut this week, so its not all long and scruffy here now, we can tidy it all up again and have it looking smart, it was our best season so far cutting wise, almost doubling the bales from last year.
We had Harry Redknapp in as well having a look round at the horses and yard, he has horses with several different trainers so it was a pleasure to have him in and show him round our facilities here. Hopefully we will be seeing him in the near future.
We also said a farewell to a lad that has been with us for the last six months, Pol had come over to learn racing after being a keen endurance rider back in his native Catalonia. Not knowing anything when he arrived, or ever ridden a racehorse, he put his head down and worked hard, he tried very hard, although being Scottish and him Catalan there was a fair language barrier between us, Daisy managed to translate most until we got used to each other, having Scotland, Liverpool, Ireland, Norway and Germany represented in the yard it was pretty challenging for him at times!! He got to a point where he could ride work, and ride most horses in the yard, Head Space was his last challenge, having been run off with the first time he rode him after cantering about 5 strides he took great pleasure in cantering him 9 furlongs on his last morning! Not many people can get on Head Space and take him for a canter, let alone someone that has only been riding racehorses for 5 months! Fair play! Pol became a great friend of everyone at Tall Trees and will be sorely missed, but he assures us he will be back next summer after a winter of studying. Best of Luck!
Many thanks for reading...