A bizarre week’s weather of frost, wind and snow, not unheard of at this time of year but thankfully seems to have settled down now and a glorious morning today when we worked 27 horses, some pics below. Our three runners at Hexham this evening had only been declared in the hope of proper soft ground and have therefore been withdrawn and the Lauderdale point-to-point tomorrow has been abandoned so a domestic weekend beckons, time to catch up in the office and perhaps a trip to watch cricket in Edinburgh this afternoon, not sure it is quite warm enough for that. Kit is heading down to Hexham to ride Two Stroke in the “Heart of all England Hunter Chase” at 7.35
The little feature on the yard was shown on Landward last night, if you missed it watch it here, scroll forward 16 minutes unless you are interested in showing Alpacas, it lasts 6 or 7 minutes but much more entertaining is Will Ramsay’s headcam from the NPPA race at Balcormo last week, I’m sure he won’t mind me sharing it with you – watch it here – looks fun, you never know it might inspire some future point-to-point riders.
Of course this is the time of year when we have to think about some horses moving on, we take a lot of care to ensure that any horse that has been here ends up in the right hands and so far Jane’s Fantasy has gone to learn to be an eventer with Allanah, Secret Act is following a similar path with Lucy H and dear Frankie’s Promise is going point-to-pointing with Gemma.
In a new step this year we are going to have a genuine dispersal at Goffs Horses in Training Sale at Doncaster on 19th May, we have up to 7 horses going for a variety of reasons and I would be happy to have any of them back here to train next season. These horses all have plenty of future potential and I would be equally pleased to see them go on and win races for new connections – it’s a bit of a case of shuffling the pack but I want to set the precedent of selling horses that go on to do well in order to maximise the options for our owners going forwards.
More details next week but among those catalogued is one owned by me, Marlee Massie. A well related 7yo who won four times this season there should be loads more to come from him when he steps up to his optimum trip of 3 miles plus and goes over fences, he will have a decent reserve on him but I will be very commercial with anyone who would like to buy him to come back to Kinneston, I said he was exceptional value when trying to sell him for £6k a year ago, he is worth more than that now but is still exceptional value compared with the prices being paid for unproven horses at the sales, please do contact me on 07831 488210 if you would like further information.