It feels like the week has just begun but Wednesday evening already, oh dear, showery afternoon after a lovely morning but the ground remains sodden after yet more rain yesterday. Monday was fair and we had a fox control visit from the Fife Foxhounds, luckily my furry friends escaped but good to see the hounds out and in particular to see ex promising young jockey Ryan Mania clearly enjoying his new job as whipper-in, there was also a good representation from Lucinda’s expanding band of point-to-pointers including Peter Buchanan, remarkably fresh at 8am on Monday after a productive weekend riding in the States where he won a race and was 3rd in their Grand National.
A 4.15am alarm yesterday for a long day at Newmarket’s Horses in Training Sale, 1400 flat horses selling this week and an eclectic range of buyers from around the globe, some wonderful horses and having struggled to hit the mark in the morning I was exceptionally pleased with the two horses I ended up buying later in the day, sometimes one can feel a little flat (and tired) on the way back from the sales but I was over the moon this time and smiled the whole way home, arriving at about 10.30pm. Sharp start again this morning and 3 horses over to Lucinda’s woodchip; The Paddy Premium, Capital Venture and Papamoa all worked nicely and I am looking forward to them running again soon though given the weather here I am a little perplexed to hear they are planning to water at Musselburgh, must be on a different planet! Back here we worked Isla Pearl Fisher, Isla Patriot, Amulree, Four Fiddlers, Buffalo Ballet and Here’s to Harry on the grass with the rest working on our cushiontrack. Entries this weekend at Carlisle where we will be hoping Northern Flame pulls as hard as he did following the hounds….