Warm and sunny this morning but a little humid and I expect we may have some heavy showers this afternoon as we did yesterday, badly needed to freshen everything up but gently please. Newly refurbished gallop completed last night and put to the test this morning, as suspected considerably more testing than before – hard work, so we will be going steady on it for a while, a few more started cantering this week but lots out trotting round the farm, an hour plus exercise with four or five miles trotting. Another cracking win at Cartmel on Monday for Lucy on Sergeant Pink, ridden all the way but wins with ears pricked, entries today for Perth next week.
In the past at this time of year I used to feed all the horses in the fields myself in the morning, don’t seem to have time to do that these days but I really enjoy going out to see them in the evenings, often taking photographs to bore my blog readers with but often just observing, pondering, sometimes its the memories and often it is the future – love it, and its great to be going forward with so many nice horses around the place. We achieved a lot last season, loads of winners and a strike rate to compare with any of the best trainers in the country. Its only two years ago that we trained our first hurdle winner and a year ago we had still only trained handicap wiiners whereas we have now proved ourselves in bumpers (43% strike rate last season – imagine that!) and weight for age hurdles and chases. There is a pressure to maintain the momentum but rather than pursue numbers we will be focussing on doing our best to ensure that what we do run runs well, our aim is to have a 30 horse yard that punches above its weight, a good strike rate and improving quality, don’t forget we have still never paid more than £25,000 for a racehorse at the sales or privately which is a piffling sum to the bigger yards, I am very happy with that but do believe that given the right ammunition we could be competitive at the highest level.