So at last the weather is beginning to warm up, not the heatwave being enjoyed by those further South but enough to make the snow of a week ago seem but a distant memory. Thank goodness for that, we can now accelerate the process of turning out the horses who are going to the field in excellent condition, 6 – 8 weeks at grass depending on the individual only gives us a narrow window to carry out the desired refurbishments and renovations in the yard so whilst it ought to be a quieter time it feels as busy as ever. A group of nicely bred 3yo fillies being started off adds to the excitement each morning and sales to attend along with visits to Ireland and Europe in pursuit of additions to the equine team for next season, all good fun but focus required and mustn’t forget I have a farm to manage as well.
Nothing declared for Hexham tomorrow as we are hoping to put a strong team together for Perth’s two day fixture next week so our only runner this weekend will be at the Cumberland point-to-point where Jamie will go for the hat trick of Men’s Opens on Allthekingshorses; Kit will also be there riding for Victor and Lucy will be at Hexham to ride Ueueteotl in the 3.30 and Snuker in the 4.40. A humdrum start to the season at Kelso on Wednesday, Heilan Rebel didn’t show much stepped up in trip – he will need another summer on his back and should then hopefully prove well treated in the autumn, better run from More Madness to finish 4th in the staying chase – both are entered for the sales and will win races next season. We won’t have many horses to run over the summer but I hope we can do better than last year – took us until the 20 somethingth of September to strike, however it is not lost on me that we went on to enjoy our best ever season, you can’t beat Dr Grass!