Another fine day, farm drying up nicely but forecast not good at all – a productive week and horses seem fit and well. Yesterday was a wonderful day for the yard when we were honoured to win the inaugural Lycetts Team Champion Award at a well attended National Trainers Federation AGM at the Institute of Directors in London; the idea is to celebrate yards that have a strong team ethos and work hard to develop a team based on the highest standards of employee management practices.
For what we do here to be recognised as the best in the country against so much stiff competition was genuinely humbling and a tremendous reflection of the way we work. All the credit is due to Catch for both the effort she put into the nomination and her day by day commitment to implementing the standards we aspire to; well done to all the team and I’m delighted that as well as the lovely trophy, peer group recognition and fantastically positive media coverage we also have a significant pot of cash to spend further improving the conditions for the team here – really well deserved and I’m very proud.
Back to business and two runners at Newcastle tomorrow where the ground will be holding, drying sort of heavy with some slightly better bits, not ideal but same for everyone and our two should be fine on it I hope.
First off is Off the Hook in the 3.20; she has a bit to find with the two winners in this mares’ novice hurdle but she is improving and will hopefully give them something to think about, Lucy rides and 8 run. Then Clan Legend runs in the 4.30, we’ve won this supporting handicap chase on Eider day a couple of times in recent years with Wicklow Lad (2014) and Gold Opera (2017), Clan Legend has a chance of making it three but top weight on this ground off a career high handicap mark?
He will have improve again to produce a personal best to win, sounds tough to me but you never know – we will give it our best shot, Lucy rides and 8 run. A couple of runners at Corbridge point-to-point on Sunday (Allthekingshorses, Royal Chatelier and possibly Thomond) then four or five at Ayr on Monday so busy we shall be, hope so anyway.