Not much of a day today; low cloud, drizzle and a cold easterly wind. Very different yesterday at the “Holy of Holies” – Cheltenham racecourse resplendent in the summer sun, immaculate and the ground staff hard at work despite the time of year. Very pleased to have been there for what is undoubtedly the best “boutique” National Hunt sale and delighted to have come home with the gorgeous 4yo Gold Well filly Final Reminder, a convincing winner of her only point-to-point winner with an excellent damside pedigree, a really good prospect for next season but a proper summer at grass beckons first.
Also very pleased that Rock of Leon arrived at Kinneston yesterday having been purchased privately out of Dan Skelton’s yard, he is a decent hurdler who is a novice over fences and the plan is to run him in the Beginners Chase at Cartmel on Wednesday, an exciting addition to our sadly rather small team of summer jumpers.
So, no runners from the yard this weekend, ground a bit firm but a good card at Kelso on Sunday for their “Ladies Day” and you can’t really keep me away from Kelso so I will be heading down there to watch Lucy ride Lycidas in the 2pm for James Ewart, Great Demeanour in the 2.30 for Diane Sayer and Gypsy Girl in the 5.10 for Jim Goldie – Kit is also riding in the latter race, Dolly’s Dot for Victor Thompson having previously ridden Full Jack in the 4.05 for Pauline Robson.
Speaking of summer grass we do have a surplus of grazing here this summer and would be happy to take outside horses in for a spell at grass; we have top class grazing paddocks on free draining limestone, all south facing, 10 to 30 acres with natural shelter belts, no field contiguous with each other and the horses are checked and fed straight oats twice daily- the best £7.50 per day you will ever spend on your horse, don’t hesitate to contact me if of interest, sorry racehorses and thoroughbred young stock only.