Once again I must appologise, it has been too long since my last blog, but wow have we been busy, I now have to try and remember what has happened within the last few weeks so much has gone on!
From where the last one left off I believe we were due two runners the next day at Plumpton, Tuffstuff was returning to two miles, with Gavin Sheehan back on board, leading down to after the last he just got out done on the run in being only beaten a couple of lengths. This was a massive run, he jumped and travelled great but having an issue with his breathing that just let him down in the closing stages. Tuffstuff had been running for the Racing Club but after this promising run Tuffstuff has found a new owner in Syd Hosie, Syd also has a part in Lambs Cross and Whistler Mountain, but this one he has gone alone, also deciding to get his wind done he should be winning soon enough!
We have had plenty of runners in the last few weeks, Head Space once again headed to Kempton Park, before he came to us he could not string two good runs together, two bad ones maybe!! So far he had finished a very close second twice so we were fairly confident of another solid show, although creeping up the handicap without winning, Dougie Costello was unable to ride so Cathy Gannon took over, and heartbreak once again, he has been done on the line....AGAIN! 222, beaten only a neck, gutted for him. It was a massive run and he deserves to get his head in front soon, he has come out his race fresh and well and will probably head back to Kempton soon.
We had three runners at Towcester last week, Lambs Cross making his debut for the yard, previously failing to complete on three of his last four starts, the odds were stacked against him, normally known for sluggish jumping and bad mistakes, not this time. Harry Bannister took over in the saddle and with a bold front running ride and foot perfect jumping from beginning to end he galloped all the way to the line only just to be done up the hill but a very well handicapped horse that had been heavily gambled all day, this was a great result for his owners and him, it will have hopefully have given him a whole new confidence and ideally he will back up next time!
We headed to Doncaster Sales for their HIT sale, we were delighted to be able to pick up another two for existing owners Kevin Radcliffe from National Drainage Solutions, bringing back the cutest of little fillies, standing at just 14.1 she is adorable, she made her debut for us last Monday and ran a solid race to finish 5th, Wolverhampton didnt really suit her though so we will try a more galloping track next time. She will be winning races soon, she handles the soft ground so could be found an opening at the beginning of the turf season. Yamllik was the other horses we secured, what a beast he is, a monster of a horse he was with Godolphin and is a fairly smart maiden on the flat and we are sure he will make a cracking jumper, still a big baby but he has a big engine, another one in the yard to massively look forward to.
You will be pleased to hear the new barns are now complete and are half full already!! Another three horses arrived on Friday, two big strapping unraced geldings, both bred to be stout stayers that jump and gallop all day, and also a little yearling filly, we welcome these three from another new owner Casadaplaya.com who we are delighted to have on board with us and we are looking forward to much success together.
Shanandoa made her comeback to the racetrack yesterday and although in a very competitive class three novice against some top horses we knew she would show up well, unfortunately even though she flew the first one came right accross her and so nearly knocked her off her feet, she did so well to stand up but it in the end cost her the race, having to then use up far more horse to just back in the race, on heavy ground it was near impossible but she jumped and travelled great and that was the main thing, Mikey looked after her, she will be ready to go next time, we still think a huge amount of her, and she also got to meet her big brother, The Giant Bolster, they even had their picture taken together, it really is amazing how similar they look like each other, Bridgy even said when he was younger he would drop anyone and was a bit of a lad, so we know know where her antics come from!! We wouldnt change her though.
We are currently looking for new staff members, riders and yard staff, onsite accommodation as well. Please do get in touch, we will also consider a young conditional/amateur.
We have plenty of runners coming up, all over the place and also Ascot sales at the end of the month. All the other horses are in good form and we will be having more new runners for the yard in the coming weeks too.