So, its all over, everything back to 0!! and we start a new season next week, hoping for by far our strongest yet.
This last season hasnt been great numbers wise, which is the only real thing people look at but for us it has been fantastic and we can take so much from it and now kick on and get started with this next one. We made a massive mistake last season to miss the summer and concentrate on the winter jumpers, looking back it wasnt the best idea when most of the horses dont go on soft ground!! Especially as we only had around 12 horses and once one or two are stopped with different issues we didnt have much amunition to head to the winter with. Now though we are in a very different position, hence why we are so pleased with how the last year has gone. All the new barns were completed giving us 36 brand new stables to add to what we already had, we put in some fantastic other facilities including a very smart owners room and office with all the latest gizmos, a state of the art wash down box with warm and cold water, a new storage barn for all our hayledge and straw to be kept in a dry, dust free environment and new staff accommodation just to mention a few.
So this year we start with 27 horses, more than double from this time last year owned by some great people that love their horses, and genuinely want the yard to do well, a top team of staff that are 100% dedicated to getting these horses happy and winning, so fingers crossed we can produce the goods!! As long as the horses stay happy and healthy as well as the owners, staff and everyone else behind the scenes then we will be well away!
Away from the new season, the end of the last one ended realatively well, Follow The Tracks & Lambs Cross headed to Exeter. Follow The Tracks was nearly sold after some very disappointing efforts this last term but Daisy knows him very well and was sure we were missing something, one or two things that we then found, fixed and hoped would work, and bless him, he turned up at Exeter and gave his all from the front as he used to, Mikey gave him a great ride and he was once again winging his hurdles and Mikey wished he kicked sooner as he just got done in the last 50 yards, to be beaten 2 lengths by quicker horses, we were so delighted to see him come back to form, pleased for him more than anything as he is a genuine horse that does try and something wasnt right, so to see him come back was good. He will have come on for that and we look forward to next time. Lambs Cross once again showed how consistent he actually can be, he has now had five runs for us and been placed every time, slightly frustrating that he hasnt got his head in front yet but we cannot complain, for a horse that is apparently still known to Racing Post as a ''Sketchy Jumper'', in five runs I dont think i have seen a horse in any of his races that has jumped with the exhuberance and precision that he has! His turn will come but he continues to give his owners some great days out and they love to cheer him home, Harry Bannister rides him and gets on great with him, he is a top young jockey that doesnt get the rides he deserves.
We headed to Cheltenham sales on the Friday to view the John Ferguson horses. Taking with us the owners of Lambs Cross & Whistler Mountain we were delighted to secure them lot 43, a strapping big grey son of Winged Love, purchased by Ferguson at the Fairyhouse Derby sale he looks a solid type that will be aimed at a bumper towards the end of the summer, he is nicely bred and has the personality to make a very nice horse. Later on in the evening we also picked up lot 79 Anomaly, a stunning son of Pivotal that has ability in abundance, he won his maiden at Newmarket, then won his Maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot by 15 lengths hard held to earn his rating of 134. He will have a quiet summer to come in for the winter with Cheltenham and Aintree his obvious targets in the spring, he is for sale to stay in the yard. We cannot wait to get started on the horse Aiden Coleman described as ''could be very special''.
Another two new arrivals were brought to us last week, Katiebyrne and Veauce De Sivola, once again coming from Mark Gillards, two lovely types, Katiebyrne looks to have lots of potential after finishing second in a Kempton Park bumper before picking up a minor injury but she is now ready to start back, and Veauce De Sivola, a big, solid, handsome horse that is a full brother to Reve De Sivola, he has been pretty consistent this season and we hope to improve him if we can and pick up a race soon. So we are delighted to welcome their owners, Mr G J Singh and his brother Dil Singh Rathore. They have also purchased our Scorpion filly Mother Brown, although will re name her.
The next month looks very busy with runners, I will post an update on a lot of the horses within the next week, they are all in cracking order. Also some good news, Stephen Hero came out of his stable for the first time since 10th December to take a walk up to the sand pen, and wow did he enjoy that! He went nuts and loved having a buck, kick and roll in the sand. He now goes on the walker every day for an hour and looks in great shape, his leg is healing well so we are thrilled.
Many Thanks for reading and I will update again soon.