Cold and showery today, the wind in the North and a chill in the air when I returned late from Doncaster Sales last night after a long but ultimately rewarding day.  We’ve worked hard at the sales all summer; Doncaster, Ascot, Fairyhouse, Angers, Deauville, Newmarket – plenty of long days and plenty of blank days.   The demand for horses had been consistently driving valuations out of our comfort zone and whilst we have managed to acquire 5 well bought horses only 2 of those were bought on the fall of the hammer.

The team deep in thought…

It was gratifying therefore yesterday that the supply/demand pendulum eventually swung back our way and with many of the bigger trainers absent having apparently filled their boxes some value appeared at long last, particularly late in the day and we were delighted to buy three horses.

Killer Crow

Kit has been looking hard all summer both at auction and privately so it was pleasing to see him eventually manage to buy a couple for his own account, Killer Crow bought from the Gigginstown dispersal had been on our radar for the last two months and we had our eyes on Thomond since the catalogue came out a couple of weeks ago.


He has come from Noel Meade and whilst looking at his horses I was greatly attracted by the profile of Fly Rory Fly, I didn’t really imagine we would be able to buy him but I was really pleased when the hammer came down on what was our final bid.

Fly Rory Fly – the hammer comes down!

He’s a cracking 5yo son of Milan that has already shown plenty of ability over fences and if given a little time could turn out to be a very decent horse, he’s for sale so please contact me if he is of interest, come and see him – you won’t be disappointed.  No runners this week but an entry at Perth on Monday, Benny’s Secret – will run if we feel everything is right for him.

It all starts here – Eric Gillie delivering our three purchases earlier today.