Another lovely day and good to be back on the yard to catch up after a long week at the Sales. Delighted with our purchase Manetti, like him even more now he is here, a little sad re our two departures but they sold well and it is important that we develop our business model to be prepared to move horses on with residual value and plenty left for the next man in order that our Owners can give younger horses a chance, we will never find the good ones otherwise and I shall follow them with interest.
A busy weekend ahead with a runner at Cartmel tomorrow then two at Kelso on Sunday – going at both given as good with good to firm places but a few showers around and will hopefully be well watered. Final Reminder is our runner at Cartmel in the mares staying handicap hurdle, this is a big step up in grade but the track, trip and ground (so long as not over-watered) should all suit well so it is worth giving her a chance to follow up her recent Ayr win, 7 run and Lucy rides.
Ladies Day at Kelso on Sunday promises to be very busy; Always Tipsy runs in the 4.25, he seems better on a softer surface these days over fences but he has experience on his side in this open novice handicap for a decent prize round a course and distance that he will like so it is looks like an opportunity worth taking so long as the ground isn’t too quick, 7 run and Lucy rides.
Accost then runs in a valuable mares bumper at 5.35, Lucy on board again and 10 run, she needs to step up considerably on her previous efforts but will like the sounder surface and will wear ear plugs to drown out the noise of all the Ladies who will be well on their way by that time of day!
A special winner at Hexham last night with Andhaar rolling back the years to win the staying handicap hurdle in good style, the Bissetts have put a lot of care and attention into bringing their old favourite back to form and it was wonderful to see it all come together. In the same race Frankies Promise ran sort of ok to be 6th but remains a shadow of his former self and McGinty’s Dream stayed on to finish a close 4th.
Today at Doncaster Sales I was delighted to be able to buy Manetti, a good looking horse with an excellent pedigree he has top class Irish pointing form in the book including winning his last two, he appears very well bought and is for sale – don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any interest.
We have two horses scheduled to be sold at Goffs Doncaster Sale late tomorrow afternoon, they should both win more races and would be welcome back at Kinneston for new connections….
Gold Opera (662) has won six chases and goes to the sales on the back of what Timeform describes as a career best run when he won at Newcastle last month, a 125 rated 9yo he has the bonus of being a novice over hurdles, he can continue to progress in handicaps or would make a high class Hunter Chaser or Point-to-Pointer, goes on most ground apart from firm, easy to do in every way and very straightforward to train.
Massinis Lady (661) was 2nd in a point-to-point last spring prior to being runner up twice over hurdles to two very progressive horses, she then won a novice chase in good style at Wetherby and is a good looking 7yo with plenty more to offer either under rules or back in the pointing field. We know these horses well and reiterate that we would be pleased to continue to train them. Our other three sales entries – The Bishop, McGinty’s Dream and Top Cat Henry have been withdrawn.
Delighted that Allthekingshorses won the NPPA Conditions Race at the Border point-to-point yesterday, sent off the outsider of five he stayed on strongly to win what may well end up being his final race in good style – great for Jamie to bag another winner and keep him hungry for more!
And a perfect day on Saturday, morning out with the horses, a Royal Wedding lunch, an afternoon round the farm then a couple of hours in the office prior to a party at night…. the weather certainly helps.
Despite only having 15 horses left in work the weekend was spent trying to get ahead with a busy week looming at Doncaster sales Tues – Thurs and an evening meeting at Hexham on Tues to fit in where we have three declared runners on ground that should be good watered summer ground.
We start with two runners in the staying handicap hurdle at 7pm, Frankie’s Promise (Lucy) and Andhaar (Blair Campbell), 11 run. Frankie is returning from a spell point-to-pointing and looks well treated relative to his earlier form however it’s a long time since we’ve seen any of that! Andhaar has similarly come down a long way in the weights and his run over course and distance 10 days ago wasn’t a bad effort at all so he could run well off a low weight.
McGinty’s Dream then runs in the 8.30, 6 run and Lucy rides, he ran well to be 4th of 17 over hurdles last time here and was still travelling sweetly when blundering 4 out last time over fences so hopefully he will go well despite being out of the handicap proper.
So how did we do at Perth last week….. a bit frustrating not to manage a winner from our 10 runners but I was pleased with how they ran in general with 5 out of the 10 making the first 4.
We have three horses going to the sales on Thursday all of which should win more races and would be enthusiastically received back here at Kinneston if anyone would like to buy them.