So as I said last time we were due to have our first flat runner on Sunday at Ffos Las, Castlemorris King in a handicap over 1m 4f with the rising young star Cam Hardie on board, it was his first run on the flat for over two years and as always he ran his super race, finishing 3rd, beaten only a length and a half, getting closer and closer towards the line, another 50 yards he would have won! Cam came in and said he loved him, with a little more juice in the ground and over a little further he will be just fine. He couldnt believe the size of him, infact he compared him to the Australian wonder horse 'Pharlap'....a little ambitious maybe, but we were delighted with him and he came back in bucking and squealing, clearly not as hard work as carrying 11st 12 round 2 miles! He had a day in the field today and has come out in great form, he was entered for Plumptons first meeting of the year next Sunday, he is the top rated in the 0-135 hurdle there, Gavin will ride if he runs. We are not sure on our next flat runner, but I expect it will either be Morris or Norfolk Sky.
Norfolk Sky is bouncing, she had a week off after her last run and is now very fresh and giving Daisy an awful time in the mornings, for the size of her she can be a real handful, but thats how you have to have her, as long as the ground is safe enough she will have one more run in a novice hurdle, back against the mares at Newton Abbot on Friday. Her two hurdle wins have come against the mares and although she will be shouldering a double penalty and top weight we will have the expertise of Dickie Johnson to help her out! Dickie has 100% strike rate for us so fingers crossed he can keep it up!
In The Crowd needed a little freshening up after his last run, it seems it took quite a bit out of him, but hes back now and seems very happy with himself, hes a big softie and needs to feel hes a bit special. All being well he will run at the end of the month at Chepstow.
This week James is starting to dig the foundations for one of the new barns, so after a few weeks that should be up and we can move onto the next one, it really never stops round here!