Whilst enjoying a Sunday lunch picnic at the top of the hill on yet another beautiful summer day we realised it was 30 years ago this weekend that we moved to Kinneston.
I feel blessed and deeply grateful and would make two observations; firstly we have done a huge amount to every aspect to the place over the 30 years but that process appears to be accelerating rather than easing off which is a little bit disconcerting and secondly the hill upon which we were sitting has never been as dry after the recent and ongoing exceptional spell of weather and this comes after the longest, coldest and wettest winter of the last 30 years.
Plenty to reflect on this evening over a glass of something cold and bubbly….. Anyway no runners at the moment, a few more horses to ride tomorrow and by the evening we will have 25 horses back in, assuming we can catch them!
The glorious weather continues and forecast settled, a summer to remember but a few issues emerging. A busy time here on the yard with the horses starting to come back in and refurbishments of stables and gallops being completed, busy at the sales as well both in Ireland last week and France this week.
A welcome diversion with one runner at Perth this afternoon; Dutch Canyon in the 2.40, 14 run and Lucy rides – he ran very well to be 4th over course and distance last time, only beaten 4l by the winner that day we are 7lb better off this time so in theory he should go very close though perhaps this race has a little more depth. The team at Perth have done a tremendous job watering through prolonged dry spell and the ground is good, if the elements have won though and it’s good to firm then he won’t run, fingers crossed.
We managed to buy two lovely horses at the Derby Sale last week, delighted to have them in the yard and they will have a month in the field before being broken in and going into training. A splendid 48 hours in Deauville this week though ultimately dew a blank at the sales, plenty learnt though and lots of new friends and contacts – good fun over there at this time of year.
Glorious weather, as fine a spell as I can remember and perfect conditions for making haylage, so much easier and happy to see it all wrapped and stacked at the yard.
A lovely “Royal” couple of days at the end of last week, Ascot and the Highland Show – superb renewals of both no doubt helped by the weather, interspersed with a somewhat inauspicious run from Frankie’s Promise at Perth on Saturday – I think he’s better to be re-schooled for another discipline now, he looks very flashy and jumps really well so hopefully someone will have fun with him.
One entry this week, Titian Boy at Cartmel on Friday but very unlikely that the ground will be suitable so off to grass for him which will leave us with one horse in training, Dutch Canyon, who will hopefully run at Perth next week. By then he will have been joined by about 20 horses back in from grass so we will make the most of this last week of empty boxes.
Sales season in full swing and later today we head over to Ireland for the Derby Sale and then at the weekend will be going to Deauville for the Arqana Summer Sale, hopefully we can buy a few horses to strengthen the string for next season – won’t be easy though a demand is very solid.