Now we are heading towards the end of September, you start to notice all the little things that show we are heading well into autumn and winter! A little colder and misty in the mornings and the leaves are starting to disguise the gallop!! Well, Norfolk Sky has also decided its time for her autumnal break! She headed to Newton Abbot on Friday with Dickie Johnson on board, she had been in good form at home but it turns out she is a little tired now and never really showed her best, although she still finished 5th, Dickie said she still tried but she was just a little flat. To be fair she hasnt had a break since last year so its well deserved, she will have a little while in the field and on the walker for a few weeks before coming back in to start an all-weather campaign through the winter, through the summer she has won twice for us, been placed a further 3 times including a fantastic run at Cheltenham in a listed race! Shes a little cracker and may well be heading for the paddocks in the spring.
With the rest of the summer runners, Bostin has been sold, Castlemorris King is still boxing on at the top level and runs again on Sunday at Plumptons first meeting of the year, top rated in the 0-135 hurdle, we take 7lb off with young Sean Bowen whos agent Dave Roberts assures us is very good for his claim. After which, win, loose or draw he will also have a small break before we look at where he will head. Madam Be ran in August but is really a true winter horse, and we are hoping for some rain so she can run in a mares bumper at Wawick in October, we are very excited about her!
The big, slow, mud lovers are coming along well and are ready to start working, they have filled out and look fantastic, Tuffstuff will start out in a novice hurdle, whilst Follow The Tracks will find a handicap somewhere, he looks nicely handicapped for the season ahead. Martys Magic hasnt run for us yet but hes coming along nicely, we havnt done a massive amount with him, just letting him fill out into his huge frame, we cant wait untill hes ready, he looks very smart!
All of us have been driving diggers and dumpers this week as we have started the building of the first barn, its starting to look good and we are looking forward to filling them up!