When you get to the end of the spring, early summer most NH horses get turned away for their summer break, go and get fat in the field after a hard winter, but every summer we seem to get a couple of weeks here and there where the heavens open and everywhere goes soft, something that really doesnt suit these little flat horses and summer jumpers so we figured this time round the horses that had a very light campaign throught the winter for one reason or another can stay in and keep going, so we are thrilled to see all the rain this last week and have a whole team entered up for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday!! Fingers crossed for some good runs.
We had a few runners recently, Ann Maries Reject headed to Uttoxeter the other day and I believe she should have won, Mikey Heard was doing the steering and not really riding her as instructions were told he gave her far too much to do, closing all the way to the line only beaten 5 lengths into 4th, yes she ran well and she is a progressive filly which is great.
For the same owners Caniver Queen headed to Newton Abbot for a novice hurdle last week and she produced by far her best effort to date to finish 5th, behind some nice horses, so now hopefully she can continue to improve and gain confidence.
Red Unico made his debut for us and a bit keen early on he ran ok to finish in the middle, he will improve a lot for that and heads to Bath next week.
Little Whistler Mountain made his debut for the yard the other day, having come to us from Mark Gillard at the beginning of the year with his owners wanting us to 'do something' with him Daisy and I were a little concerned!! His condition was absolutely horrific, he was probably a month off something very bad happening to him, he couldnt walk as his legs were so swollen, he couldnt do much! So for him to turn up at Bath the other day, be by far the best turned out and looking a million dollars we were all quite chuffed, not only that, in pretty much all his career he has struggled to beat a rival, so to finish in the middle was brilliant! We look forward to his next run.
Yamllik made his long awaited debut for the yard as well, Fran Berry took the ride and in all my time training we have never had one as keen as he was for the first half mile. To finish only beaten 8 lengths in the feature race after a year off was pleasing. He will step up in trip and he could have a career hurdling at some point.
A couple of weeks ago we privately brought a very smart filly, a three year old by Shircocco out of a mare called La Mariane who has already produced a smart horse in Ballykan and her half sister sold at Goffs DBS in May for £42,000. We are currently in the process of breaking her in and she is a cracker, very strong physically and also has a bit about her. She is for sale to stay in the yard and could be very special! Do get in touch.
We currently have 22 in full work and a handful having their summer holidays, so we will keep kicking and look forward to the rest of the season, come October we hope to have over 30 in work which is great and massively up on any number we have had before!