Warm and sunny this morning but not due to last with this changeable spell due to bring rain again tonight, and whilst it doesn’t directly affect us I feel for everyone connected with Ayr after losing their valuable and prestigious three day meeting due to water logging, a bitter blow for racing in Scotland. Harvest came and went in the blink of an eye, it used to last many weeks but now The Fife Farmer sends in his mighty tackle and 200 acres of barley are hoovered up in 24 hours- just as well as days shortening, dark in the mornings now and torch required for early morning dog exercise.
A busy week on the training front and delighted to have Lucy back riding out after nearly 4 months in France; a tremendous and invaluable experience for her to spend 4 months learning from their champion trainer, schooling horses the French way almost every day; riding every variety of horse from top class to unraced 3yo’s over every variety of obstacle, a few rides on the track as well, if you have a few minutes watch this video about his training methods and facilities – it’s worth watching even if you can’t understand what he is saying! A useful insight into the French training methods, his results are excellent and what she has learnt won’t be lost on us back here at Kinneston.
Aside from training the horses here and finalising “the project” a few meetings elsewhere, NTF at Kelso always interesting to talk to other trainers for a few hours but best meeting I attended was that of The Thoroughbred Health Network, having been an original collaborator in this project I am delighted that it has now been awarded Charity status, it is a first class resource for anyone working with racehorses – trainers and their teams, vets, owners.
Laura Friend works exceptionally hard to produce high quality content under the guidance of senior vets from the Weipers Centre and the Royal Dick veterinary hospitals, it should gain real traction now that it can be rolled out nationally and internationally. Have a look at the website and spread the word, an equine knowledge exchange should produce real benefits in terms of horse welfare.
Excited to say we have some entries this week at Perth’s September finale meeting – Landecker, Jet Master, Benny’s Secret and Dance of Fire all have appealing engagements and will take them up if conditions suit, expect it will be pretty soft with the forecast remaining unsettled.