Well, I looked at my customary four weather forecasts at 6.30am this morning and they were unanimous in saying that it would be dry until 2pm this afternoon when there was a possibility of showers, this was confirmed by the Met Office satellite images.  Imagine my surprise then when a heavy shower first thing has been followed by persistent drizzle all morning – with the extraordinary ability of today’s technology it is hard to understand why it seems so hard to predict whether or not it will rain, I think for the avoidance of doubt best just to assume that it will….

The Bishop & Isla Pearl Fisher

The Bishop & Isla Pearl Fisher

Two more horses in today, 15 to start cantering this week and only a week to wait until I can make some entries!  With little to say on the racing front I thought I would indulge myself with a few random musings on National Hunt breeding,  the first one triggered by this picture of the three sons of Gold Well that I am delighted to train, one for the purists among you I fear…

Gold Opera (Gemma), Road to Gold (Emma) and Calivigny (Blair)

Gold Opera (Gemma), Road to Gold (Emma) and Calivigny (Blair)

I love Gold Well as a sire firstly because he was an un-raced Sadlers Wells full brother to the mighty Montjeu, the latter was a proper champion with an exceptional physique and his stud fee peaked at EU125k, who knows what Gold Well might have achieved had injury not intervened but his stud fee was surely good value at EU2k?  Secondly he had to prove himself the hard way by starting with a small book of mares at a small stud, no instant transfer from Ballydoyle to Coolmore with the associated book of 200 plus mares to start off with, I think he covered 30 in his first season but his ability to produce quality stock and upgrade his mares quickly shone through and this is very much borne out by his statistics with an excellent 45% winners to runners ratio and a very high % of 110 plus rated horses.  Consequently his store horses started making a lot of money, up to £230k and he was duly snapped up by Coolmore in 2012, his first large crop from there are 2yo’s.

The horse in training are all turned out every day at this time of year

The horse in training are all turned out every day at this time of year

The McCarthys at Beeches stood him for them and I had the pleasure of seeing him there, our classy mare Minora was in foal to him when she died two years ago and sadly Gold Well himself died last year.  As ever with NH breeding we will only really learn how good he was too late but there will be many good horses by him out there still to make their impact.  The third reason that I like them so much is that they are good-looking, tough, genuine horses who (in my experience so far) are clean winded and sound.  The three above are all from the same 2009 crop when he was at Arctic Tack Stud, they have all been brought privately having shown early promise in Irish point-to-points.  They are interesting to train, not entirely straight forward, just a little bit edgy (or really quite edgy in one case!) but above all they are eager to please every day in their work, please God may they be lucky and who knows who far they might be able to go…. 20150806-800_2797_original