We have been very busy of late, hence my lack of recent blog! I promised you all some exciting news about two weeks ago, apart from the few impatient people that had to find out already I had best start with the news I promised you all! We have now got to a nice size of nearing 40 horses and the time has come to appoint our own 'in house' jockey. This is a massive step for us, and hopefully him, I am sure you have seen his name around as having previously had a couple of rides for us, Mitch Bastyan, he currently holds an amatuer licence but will soon be turning conditional for the yard. He is a brilliant young rider that will be massive value for his claim so hopefully our owners can have faith in him and continue to support him. He has a great head and is very sensible which is a good help! So welcome to the team Mitch! Since starting full time for the yard he has had one ride, and so nearly his first winner under rules! Riding Mighty Missile on only his second start for us, he gave him a great ride, very positive and jumping brilliantly, unfortunately just beaten by the favourite, a progressive, well handicapped horse. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and his first winner wont be far away! Mighty Missile, or Mike as he is known has really settled in and it was great for him to recapture some form on only his second start for us, I am sure he will do some damage through the spring and summer.
A couple of weeks ago we made the very long trip to Newcastle, luckily for us Daisy and I flew while Wally Irvine took Chestnut Storm up there in his box. It was The Golden Horse Racing Clubs Christmas party, as such good supporters of ours we couldnt miss it. Storm ran a super race, a fast finishing 4th, showing what a good jumper she will be as all she does is stay and gallop very strongly. It was great to get her in the winners enclosure for them before they headed out for the nightlife of Newcastle! A great evening was had, they are a brilliant bunch of people that we are delighted to have in the yard. They have some really promising types with us including Golden Muscade who is now back in work after her winter growing break and Shiroccodee, one that we think could be top class but she has taken a little time, she is only 3 and has done nothing but grow and strengthen, she could be very smart and will repay her patient owners I am sure!
We have had a quiet couple of weeks runners wise after that as a couple ran below expectations, bloods done and lots of M.O.T's done, no stone goes unturned here as the horses welfare is number one priority. Unfortunately a couple were a bit low on the bloods and have been on treatments. Trouble is you never really know until you run them! Quite annoying really. Hopefully we can get over it asap and get them all back on track, a bit of luck and we will be away! We have a couple of winters one very close to their first runs of the season including Veauce De Sivola, who has been a different horse since his summer break, he is a chaser really but will start out over hurdles for his first run as we dont want him to have a hard race first time, I am sure he will win this season, he is flying, a really lovely horse to have in the yard, he has a great character, something that has grown in his time here, when he came he was very subdued and quiet, now he is a fair lump to contend with, so anyway it will be good to see them back. Fingers crossed for good runs.
Another couple of new ones, Sustainable Star, the big, grey Winged Love store gelding we had back in the spring has come back with his owners returning him to us after a few unsuccessful months with Colin Tizzard. He has a few niggles but once sorted can turn out to be a nice, proper, winter jumper.
Last but by no means least is Fruit Pastille, a very smart flat mare, winner of a Class 2 at Newmarket, she is pretty useful and has run in some top handicaps and listed races. She has spent some time in France but has now come home to her owners farm and they have decided to send her here which is great. Mr & Mrs Eavis also have Desireable with us so to have two such lovely fillys is a pleasure, although we have been warned Fruit Pastille is a bit of a fruit cake!! .....one for Mitch to ride!
Anyway, I wish you all the very best for Christmas where ever you are and whatever you may be doing, enjoy and be merry!! If I dont update before the New Year then have a good one, and I wish you all the best of success for 2017!