So, a chilly 8 degrees this morning and the north-westerly persists, dry for now but rain in the forecast and not due to warm up until later next week.  A big boost yesterday, thrilled to have managed to buy Lake View Lad at Brightwells Cheltenham Sale; we have had our eye on this lovely grey 5yo son of Oscar since he finished 3rd on his debut in a good bumper at Punchestown last month, the trade at the sale was fiercely strong so I became increasingly doubtful about our chances of success so delighted by the outcome.

Back on the Road will attempt to round off an excellent season with awin at the Haydon point-to-point on Sunday

Back on the Road will attempt to round off an excellent season with awin at the Haydon point-to-point on Sunday

All being well Back on the Road will be our final runner of the point-to-point season on Sunday and in many respects this weekend represents the watershed between the two seasons, we will only have about 10 horses in next week, the pair of two year old fillies that we have been breaking are ridden away and will go back to grass this weekend and we have a very tight schedule to ensure all the stables are power-washed, disinfected and repainted prior to the yard filling up again at the end of June.

El Fontan is an absolute gentleman and should excel whatever his next career may be.

El Fontan is an absolute gentleman and should excel whatever his next career may be.

Inevitably there are one or two horses that we think would be better to find a new career and amongst those we have an exceptionally nice prospect available for either ROR showing classes, dressage or eventing – he is the formerly smart chaser El Fontan, don’t hesitate to contact me if interested in him or hearing about any other horses that we have available for rehoming.  Last but not least we have a Kinneston wedding; John and Corrie  are tying the knot in Perth this afternoon and we wish them the very best for their future back in Ireland, no doubt there might be some sore heads riding out here tomorrow morning….

El Fontan (John)

El Fontan (John)