A perfect quiet weekend, a Charity Stable Visit on Saturday morning followed by an afternoon watching the racing with my stepfather “JGD”, he has been poorly of late so it was lovely to go over and spend some time with him. And a quiet but productive Sunday spending time on the farm, with the horses in the fields and lunch with friends along with the mandatory few hours catching up in the office. A thoroughly worthwhile trip round the country for Lucy with a nice winner at Bangor on Dee on Saturday and an excellent second at Market Rasen yesterday; and a winner for Kit at Hexham, this is going to make him very hard to catch in the Northern Area Riders Championship which finishes back at the same venue next week, fingers crossed as he would be a worthy winner.
An update on our horses going to the Sales this week – Celestino was 2nd at Perth over fences and as a 5yo maiden placed on his last start over hurdles and fences he is an excellent prospect as a versatile summer jumper who loves good ground. More Madness was placed on his last start at Kelso and would make either a first class point-to-pointer or will win handicaps again off this sort of mark. Farewelltocheyenne is horse with plenty of ability, a 100 rated bumper winner who is a maiden over obstacles, with the ground drying up so quickly time just ran out for us, last but not least Marlee Massie should have loads more to offer when stepped up to 3 miles, despite four wins last season we certainly haven’t got to the bottom of him. Heilan Rebel and The Bishop have been withdrawn from the sale and will remain in training at Kinneston, I am delighted about that and would be equally happy to train any of the others for new connections.