Cold and crisp today, lovely weather and a quiet day on the yard, in the office and round the farm.  I love going round the horses on a Sunday evening, most of the horses have had an easy day and there is a sense of quiet order, they seem more relaxed in their boxes and its a great time to assess them from every perspective.  Even better the day after a winner and I was really pleased with Benny’s Secret following up in impressive style yesterday, I’ve always thought a lot of this horse and whilst he hasn’t been straightforward I would hope there will be more to come now we have found the key.

Benny’s Secret cooling off after his win yesterday

Earlier in the afternoon Landecker ran right up to his best to finish 2nd in the staying hurdle, bumped into one as they say but saw the rest off and he will hopefully go to Carlisle now for a decent race in early December.


The bumper was a bit of a mixed bag for the yard, Figs Pride showed plenty of promise and should make up into a nice staying hurdler in time, Peak of Beauty on the other hand was a bit of a rascal, dropping Kit on the way to the start and then pretending she was in a rodeo rather than a race for the first furlong by which time the field had flown.

Peak of Beauty

She did gallop round resolutely which was quite pleasing in the circumstances but it was a shame she was 100 yards behind the pack, I am sure she will be better next time as she’s always had a mischievous streak  and we seem to have managed to channel it the right way at home.

Figs Pride with Amy

On to Carlisle tomorrow where we have one runner – Calivigny ridden by Grant in the 3.10 and 10 run.  He has been a good 2nd on his last two runs over course and distance and should improve both for his first run of the season and the better (good to soft) ground expected tomorrow, will any of the others have improved more is the question?  Hopefully he won’t be far away.

Calivigny at Carlisle

Very grateful to Danni who took these great photos yesterday on her day off from working here full time, I love them.