Since I last wrote we should have had lots of runners, instead, lots of non runners! This time last year we had two runners at Plumpton and the ground was nearly unraceable it was so soft! This year we have a yard full of winter horses with no where to go, we really need some rain! We had four declared at Exeter, on good to soft, every horse needed soft in the description and when it went good, from being good to firm earlier on in the week we just couldn't risk it, not at such an early stage in the season. It was a shame but they are all ready and waiting for the off.
We have had two runners, Steve ran at Wincantons first meet back, it was great to get back to our local track, it was like the first day of school in the new term! He ran well, he wants a bit further than two miles now though and they just went a bit quick for him so his jumping wasnt great as he was pretty much flat out the whole way but Gavin looked after him and he still ran respectable in a time 3 seconds quicker than standard! He came back pretty fresh and will step up in trip next time. Jopaan also ran, in the novice hurdle, he behaved impeccably this time which was great as he got a bit of stage fright on his first run. He jumped very well and Tom was very positive, we look forward to him going handicapping.
Under Review is struggling to get in races at the minute but he is in good form and behaving a lot better at home now, we seemed to have ironed out his issues which is good and he will run soon I am sure.
Follow The Tracks, Tuffstuff, & Sky Watch are all ready to run and flying, Tuffstuff is in especially good order, fingers crossed for a niggle free season for him, it would be nice for him to show what we have seen!
Things are getting very exciting for Shanandoa now, she is just under three weeks until her seasonal return at Cheltenham, something we all cannot wait for! The first three horses to have run from her last run, three that finished a long way behind her at Cheltenham in April all ran in another bumper at Worcester the other day, and guess what 1st, 2nd & 3rd! Delighted with the strength of that form, and she is bigger, stronger and quicker than last year!
Castlemorris King has been giving Daisy an awful time recently, with his antics out at exercise and then when she goes back to brush him in the evenings he is so fresh and well, he really is a class horse and we cannot wait to have him back on the track, he is a legend!
They are all moved in the new barn now, which makes life a lot easier for everyone, they are all very happy, apart from Norfolk Sky who although she had two windows and a fancy new stable wasnt happy so she was moved back to her old box, she is happy again now! They really are spoilt here!
We hope for some rain within the next couple of weeks so we can get going!
The last week we have been to a couple of charity events, both raising money for the IJF (injured jockeys fund), the first one was a big, fancy dinner and auction night with Dickie Johnson as a guest speaker. We donated a years subscription to our Racing Club, a prize worth £1200, so we were delighted for it to make 'top lot' on the night and it was bought by a very nice gentleman called James Drummond, already an owner with Philip Hobbs and Caroline Keevil so we are thrilled to welcome him to the yard and look forward to meeting him properly soon! The second event was also in aid of the IJF, done by the Blackdown Hills Riding Club, this time we gave a morning on the gallops with breakfast and a days racing with the Racing Club, Daisy & I also got to go and judge some of their fancy dress dressage classes which was all good fun. We were delighted to be included in these two events and helping to raise money for such a good cause.
A long blog this time, but plenty to tell you all! Many thanks for reading once again....