A busy 10 days on the family front and emotional times for lots of reasons.  Many tears shed; tears of joy, tears of laughter, tears of gratitude, tears of pride, but most of all tears of sadness.  If I have have come away with one thing it is that I hope I have learnt to cherish; to cherish every day, every ray of sunshine, every drop of rain, every moment with friends-  life is just far too short.

JGD

JGD

So, we finished up the week in Newmarket where I was thrilled to  be able to buy Dance of Fire out of Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere yard, the one horse out of the 800 or so catalogued that I really wanted to buy. It seldom works out that way but luck shone on us and I came home with a lighter heart.  I didn’t think for a moment that we would be able to buy him but the sale was sparsely populated by National Hunt trainers – there were few suitable horses on offer for them and most of the higher value lots went to the men from the desert or to breeders.  He will go to grass for a break now prior to being prepared for an autumn hurdling campaign – a nice little bit about him in the Racing Post which you can read here if you scroll down.

Dance of Fire - 4yo by Norse Dancer

Dance of Fire – 4yo by Norse Dancer

The blog has been silent since our last runners at Perth, a brief report is due; I was very pleased with Isla Pearl Fisher who defied his years by running an excellent race to be 3rd, it was one run too many for Always Tipsy who has been on the go for a year and ran a little flat, a decent break for him now.

Andhaar (Crawford)

Andhaar (Crawford)

Andhaar ran a nice race to be 5th, having had 3 weeks standing in due to minor injury since his April run he will be entitled to improve on that and he heads back to Perth tomorrow where he runs in the 2.30 on what should be good ground.  Kit takes the ride and we will be hoping for another step forward from last time, 14 run though and I think he will need a quieter race before he can show his best.  A drizzly damp morning at Kinneston but sun breaking through as I write, we only have two horses in work at present but another dozen are back in on the walker and they will be joined by more on Monday morning, the gallop has been relaid and a barn re-roofed so we are ready to go again;  I am pleased to say we are just about full for next season though we could fit in one or two more if anyone is interested, just call or email me  – “always room for a good one” as they say.13617438_1146811602007756_56614895_n