Wow, what a week that has been. The last ten days or so have been very busy, with generally all of it going well which is good. We have some very sleepy faces in the yard now and we are all now enjoying a quietish weekend, a much deserved one, everyone has worked very hard recently to make sure everything has been done, and all done properly at that.
I am sure most of you know how well our association with Dave Crosse was a year or so ago, having just fourteen rides for us he rode us five winners, although to be fair it should have probably been six or seven, but hey thats racing. Well after Dave asking for his job back his first ride back was on the legend that has become Sky Watch, a massive yard favourite, he is an absolute dude so you can imagine how excited we all were when he turned for home at Plumpton 5 lengths clear, with a massive 11st 11lb on his back he tried very hard to make all, jumping superbly under a positive ride from Dave only just to be collared with 50 yards to run by a horse carrying 18lb less. Losing nothing in defeat we were all very proud of him and he will have his turn soon I am sure. When we got him he was a known as a bleeder and touch wood he now doesnt bleed and is a very happy horse that now enjoys his racing which is fantastic. It was nice to have Dave back, although a winner would have been better!
Next we had Tuffstuff, making his seasonal reapperance over 3m at Exeter, with the ground turning near enough heavy by his race he ran well to a point but got a little tired turning in, his regular jockey Charlie Poste looked after him and seemed pleased enough, he is a big horse and has always taken a run as he is very lazy at home but his work has improved very much and once returned to a left handed flat track with soft ground he will show a much improved performance. Daisy is sure he will be winning soon enough, which will be great.
After those two we headed to Towcester, Jopaan had his last run for a mark, the track didnt suit him but it was not a problem as he now has a very lowly mark that he will definitely be winning off soon. Then we had Stephen Hero, going there we knew he needed the step up in trip so 2m5f would not be a problem, it was the constant rain that could have caused an issue, he has no form on soft ground plus the fact he also had to handle the stiff track, most of his form had been on tight flat tracks, taking off a very good 7lb with Mikey Heard he gave him a super ride, and unlike Sky Watch earlier in the week the line didnt come soon enough, this time it came too soon. Having rallied all the way up the steep hill his head reached the front a stride after the line, gutted, beaten only a neck. A very brave and gutsy performance we were very pleased with him. Handling all the different conditions well.
After what should have been two winners, we at least knew the horses were in good form, next Lingfield....
Shanandoa headed there with Gavin on board, with two previous winners in the race and some smartly bred newcomers she was sent off 2-1 fav, we were fairly confident, we know she is good, better than good infact. We didnt really want to make the running but unfortunately nothing else went on and we ended up in front, although she was happy enough in front she was a little too relaxed and I think she thought she was just having a spin round the all weather before she goes racing. Turning for home, once again I thought we had it won, only to be passed late on down the outside. Gavin came in and was very pleased, she thought she was in a gallop and didnt see the horse come down the wide outside, she was half idling in front. Gavin said that was no where near what she can really do, send her hurdling and you will see a different horse he said. So thats the plan and we cant wait! She has come out well and will school again next week.
Wednesday we sent Georgie up to Cheltenham with Mac, our big unraced Milan gelding. Not much has been said about this lad as we were keeping him under wraps before the sale. He passed the vetting on Wednesday with flying colours, breezed like a dream on the Thursday with our young amatuer Eddie on board and was taking everything in his stride, he is very relaxed and has a lovely way about him. Not your typical breeze up horse, he has been trained carefully, as if we would run him, he looked amazing. The sale was after racing on Friday, lot 2. There was an awful lot of interest in him with his solid pedigee and looks to match there were 5 individual bidders bidding on him, the hammer fell at £59,000. Unfortunately for his potential purchaser it was not quite enough and we are delighted to have brought him home. He had plenty of interest after the sale as well but we still came home. He stands already at over 16.2 and only just a four year old. He has already shown us plenty to be excited about so he will now have off until the spring so he can grow and strengthen. We look forward to him coming back in. He could be the one.
Follow The Tracks made his seasonal debut at Taunton over his favoured C&D, Mikey Heard back on board he ran well to a point and jumped well, a big lump he also takes a run to get going, which I dont mind for my stayers, its a long season and for their first run to just bring them on is ideal I think. He will probably head to Exeter for the amatuer race he was second in last year, to give Eddie his first ride under rules. I am sure he is very much looking forward to it!
I think that is enough for now, as you can see we have been pretty busy with some very early mornings so a big pat on the back and well done to everyone that is involved here. A team on the up!
Until next time....