Turning colder but a fine morning for the time of year, working first lot on the grass were Standintheband, Frankie’s Promise, Isla Patriot and Spinning Away. The great thing about having plenty of space is that we when we need to we can invent new ways of working the horses, these horses did a strong canter on each rein for 12f in a 3f circle on a flat grass field, then they did one fast 3f on our “horsehoe” gallop – it’s important that these young bumper horses learn to gallop on the turn, and Isla Patriot, well, just thought he would enjoy a change of scenery and he’s an excellent lead horse.
A splendid evening yesterday watching Les Miserables, strongly recommended but not sure if the horses particularly enjoyed my renditions whilst feeding this morning. I only do the early feed at weekends now, Emma does them during the week but I greatly enjoy it once I have dragged myself out of bed, I always learn something and doing it twice a week actually makes me more aware of any little things that could be tweaked.
I thought it might be timely to have a general update on the horses here at Kinneston, we currently have 28 horses in training plus 4 point-to-pointers. The latter are old stagers to be campaigned for fun with Jamie and Kit on board, they will run as often as possible when there is plenty of give in the ground, and if they are going well may take in the odd hunter chase.
Of the 28 in training 23 have run so far (producing 18 winners), the five yet to race this season are Another Mattie, Spinning Away, Fleet Fox, Capital Venture and The Flaming Matron – the first three are fit and ready to run (well, I think they are fit!), the latter two will hopefully appear before the end of February.
Additionally we have three horses on the sidelines; Forcefield (tendon injury), Issabella Gem (minor tendon injury) and Flaming Thistle (stifle injury), two horses taking a short break (Northern Flame and the Generous 4yo ex Harrietfield), three retired old codgers (Solsgirth, Harrietfield and Wise Man) and 4 young store horses (all geldings, a 4yo by Dushyantor, a 3yo by Midnight Legend and two 2yo’s by Flemensfirth). That’s 44 equines in total (first time I’ve counted them up) and it feels quite busy, in addition we have 3 horses in pre training with Dan Ockenden at the Cochrane’s yard.
When I have time I shall provide an update on the excellent team of staff that ensure all of these horses receive the best of attention at all times, in the mean time special mention to Frank Cornfield who built this website and takes such fantastic photographs, some of the pictures from yesterday are on this blog but if you would like to see more have a look at this gallery