Strength and depth !
Ascot was incredible ! Although the weather was very hot (34°) it was an amazing experience and one which I won’t ever forget . Von Blucher ran OK – we will however be stepping him back in trip (either the Bunbury Cup or a listed race at Chester over 7f) .
Lots of the jumpers are still out on their holidays at the moment but the first few are now arriving back at the yard . This summer has been great and they have done really well, Moscanisi and Calypso Storm came back in to work today – two really exciting prospects to look forward to this year. I have turned out two of the new French horses today, Valzan and Dulce Panem, for a short break.
Last week Running in Heels was a very easy winner of the mares hurdle in Market Rasen , she was given a great front running ride by Brian Hughes and won nicely. The handicapper reassessed her and put her up 18lbs , we were forced to run under a penalty at Cartmel on Friday and unfortunately she couldn’t follow up .. An 18lb rise for an 8yo mare who has never won under rules and has struggled recently in point to points and hunter chases seemed harsh at the time , and now in hindsight seems very harsh…
We have been continuing to take the horses to Redcar beach for a change of scenery and there really is no better place on a sunny morning. The horses enjoy a long canter and then a walk back through the sea to cool offor their legs and relax.
There are a number of young horses getting going now and I’m enjoying seeing their progress. Pictured is a 4yo by Malinas and we have a nice Schirroco 3 year old who is now cantering away. Lucky to have been sent some quality NH horses to train this year and I’m really excited for their debuts in October / November already ! I am heading to Arqana this week (Deauville) to have a look at some more stores and horses in training so hopefully we can add one or two more quality acquisitions to the team .
This week we have SEARANGER running at Thirsk , VODKA WELLS will go to Perth and at the weekend we have GEORDIE GEORGE and CELTIC ARTISAN entered up .
Hope you have a great week , if you see anything you like in the Arqana catalogue (can be found here www.arqana.com/mobile/view_catalogue.php?idV=222&rand=232902428 ) or you want to have a look at my shortlist- do get in touch!