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Looks like being showery again today, grim at Goodwood on Wednesday, 35mm rain -ouch,and summer slips by without feeling much like summer. Very busy here with three teams of contractors currently onsite improving our facilities in one way or another, I suspect there will never be an end to the things I want to do here to keep moving forward.
Trying to get as much wrapped up as possible prior to heading to London on Monday for industry business followed by Doncaster Sales on Tuesday then heading off for 10 days holiday on Thursday.
Bit of a hospital pass to Catch for me to disappear with some much going on let alone 30 plus horses to train but I’ll be on the end of the phone and it will be great to find some sunshine (I hope!); plan is for Lucy to join us from G Macaire’s in France and Clare to join us from Ralph Beckett’s in Hampshire, Kit has also been out with Macaire for a few weeks but has come back principally to help me at the sales next week. Johnny, the runner, there as well of course to keep us all sane and from talking about horses all the time.
So, Queen of Avalon, she was running a promising sort of race at Perth on Tuesday, staying on and only 6l off the winner coming in to the last hurdle when she appeared to go wrong behind and was heavily eased by Grant, she’s a bit sore still but I’m hoping that she has just knocked herself, fingers crossed as she certainly has a level of ability, no other runners imminently – it’s the official National Hunt break, hence holidays!
Hello, hello, hello – it’s been a while, I’ve been rather lazy about blogging, no harm in that I hear you say… Showery today, again, it’s been the pattern for a few weeks now and the long dry spell of late spring appears a very distant memory. Busy here with 30 horses back in and a variety of projects to juggle; horses mostly trotting, a handful cantering now but only one race fit and she, Queen of Avalon, goes to Perth tomorrow evening where the ground should be good, the race is at 8pm.
This is her handicap debut and as 5th top weight in a field of 12 I don’t think the handicapper is taking any chances; she’s been 3rd in the two novices that she has run in over 2m but the form is thin and her inexperience may catch her out in the hurly burly of a handicap, she is fit and well though and Grant rides. Delighted to see that Perth has been awarded another Listed Race for 2018 – a 3m Mares Chase at the April Festival – a very positive step in the continued improvement in the quality of the Northern jumping programme and a really nice valuable race to be able to aim for. Aside from Perth a great week’s racing in prospect with the two high summer Festivals, Goodwood and Galway; our plot to have a runner at the latter sadly didn’t work out – maybe next year!
Cooler today down here in Newmarket where I am attending the July Horses in Training Sale. A showery outlook at home and it should be perfect good ground at Perth on Sunday where we run Benny’s Secret in the 4.40, 10 run and Grant rides.
It is a competitive enough race for the grade and this minimum trip could be on the sharp side for Benny but he wasn’t right last season and I wouldn’t be running him if I didn’t think he was right now so fingers crossed for a decent effort, he schooled well this morning.
Tough work down here, hard to believe that after much research, talking and looking a catalogue of 909 horses ends up rounded down to one that we are happy to vet and bid on, frustrating therefore to come out as the underbidder, it will be interesting therefore to see how Falak fares for Gordon Elliot. My disappointment greatly lightened by the exciting news that Moore’s Novelty had arrived safely at Kinneston from Co Cork.
As I’ve said finding value this sales season has been especially hard but I’m delighted with the five horses that we have now added to the team for next season, time will tell but I feel they are well bought and we will keep going in the hope of adding another two or three. Lucy is riding in France this afternoon, in the 4.35 at Senonnes, an unraced 3yo filly starting out over hurdles, fingers crossed for a good spin.
Warm again this morning in Normandy and back to the sales for the Horses in Training section prior to a late flight home tonight. An excellent day yesterday with Queen of Avalon running as well as could be expected to finish 3rd and late in the afternoon managing to buy a lovely young son of Great Pretender.
A 3yo, he did his first bit of fast work when breezing on the all weather here the day before; he’s called Elvis Mail, is a three parts brother to a good horse and should come to hand quickly. It will be good to get home after over a week on the road, 10 horses came in on Monday and with more to come in next week Catch and the team have been doing a great job finishing off the refurbishment whilst managing the Perth runner as well, plenty to look forward to.
Warm and sunny today in Deauville and looks like being very hot this afternoon when 110 two year old and three year olds with good jumping pedigrees will be sold.
Trade was very strong last week in Ireland and I suspect some records may be broken today, not easy finding value for more realistic budgets but with a fair wind there will at least be a couple of lovely looking prospects heading to Kinneston as a fruit of these travels.
This means of course that I sadly won’t be at Perth today where we have one runner on what should be perfect good ground; Queen of Avalon runs in the 2.10, 5 run and Brian Hughes rides, she has failed to build on her third at the turn of the year appearing not to stay, back to two miles today and hope she can finish the race off and give us something to build on.