Exceptionally warm, irrationally so and worth enjoying while it lasts which looks like being another 24 hours at the most. Catching up back in the office this afternoon after a long and ultimately productive week at Doncaster Sales, interspersed with a trip back up North to Hexham on Tuesday evening it felt busy and it was thirsty work sorting through so many horses in the heat. Trade was very strong and in these circumstances it is hard to adjust one’s perception of value so there were many near misses but I felt we ultimately bought well, perhaps aided by many people having gone home by later yesterday afternoon.
So two promising young horses from different backgrounds are heading to Kinneston; Ride the Lightning, a 4yo 84 rated three time flat winner by one of my favourite dual purpose sires in Dalakhani has been bought for a long established owner in the yard and Silk or Scarlet, a 5yo by Mahler who was placed 3rd on his only start in a bumper last month. This racey individual with bags of scope is for sale and should make a nice hurdler next season prior to going chasing, both will go to grass.
Kelso have been watering hard to keep their ground safe for their fixture on Sunday and providing there is a bit of cut Lady Oatcake will make her racecourse debut in the mares bumper at 5.25, Lucy rides and a maximum field of 14 line up, she’s a lovely filly with a great pedigree but is still very green, she needs to go to the races now as the next step in her education and should come on hugely for the experience. Lucy also rides Lycidas in the 3.15 for James Ewart
An inauspicious evening at Hexham earlier in the week with Queen of Avalon paying the price for being much too free early on, Andhaar ran well enough to be 5th and will have a break now, Bertalus ran a bit better but faded late on and whilst Christmas in USA also ran a bit better we are definitely missing something with him and I think we will step up in trip next time.