August

Long time no blog !   Over half way through the year, 6 winners and 11 2nds so far with hopefully a lot more winners to come.  Life continues to be hectic here at College Farm but we are now really looking forward to the 2nd half of the year.  Our Queenie (Baileys pursuit) has done herself proud winning her last two races in quite impressive style.  She is on a well earned break now and may not return to the track until next year when I think she will continue where she has left off this year.   A few disappointments, namely Happydoingnothing who failed to build on his sole win back in the Spring.  He is now out in the paddock having a chill and will come back in September and be schooled over the hurdles and see if we can rekindle his enthusiasm.  The other main disappointment has been our lovely Perseverent Pete.  Really thought we had cracked it when he ran a couple of good races at Chelmsford.  Would love to find him a lovely showing home if anyone out there is interested?  Humour back in work now in prep for an Autumn/winter campaign. Born to Fly shaped well and thought we had another winner last run, think she will do the business soon.  College Doll, now in foal has run a couple of OK races and should be out again next week, along with Danzoe who has also been running well.  Give us a Belle  having a short break in readiness for a good autumn/winter campaign, probably back to the lovely Wolverhampton where we have seen most of our success this year.

Hopefully, Hopefully, fingers crossed and all that , we may see a return to racing at Yarmouth at the end of the month.  I have been invited along with a few other trainers to trial the track with a couple of horses providing it passes the BHA inspection next Monday.  A Real pain this year with the fixtures being transferred to the likes of Newcastle, Ffos Las and Chepstow!!  could they be any further away!!

Off to Leicester on Sunday providing the ground doesn’t go too firm for our Delysdream, I love this horse and was so pleased when he showed plenty of promise with his last run at Leicester, finishing 4th.  He didn’t manage to improve on that at Brighton this week, but he really didn’t handle the track and it was a gamble stepping him up in trip on that track.   He came home absolutely fine so we will take our chance back at Leicester over the minimum trip where he can use his speed.  Our new recruit Sinema should be heading for Kempton next Wednesday evening to make his debut run for us. excited about that, such a lovely laid back horse and is proving a big favourite with everyone in the yard.

The girls in the yard are anxiously awaiting and “champing at the bit” to start work on our “jumping” string for the winter, namely Arryzona, Happydoingnothing, Flamingo Beat and Bongo Belle, all of which will hopefully enjoy a mixed future of flat and jumps, very exciting!

Mares and foals are looking great, hardly seems possible I am now thinking about weaning at the end of this month!  We may head to the foal sales in December with 3 of the little darlings  so they will be in for a good bit of handling and walking from September onwards.

Sounds like we may be heading for a mini heat wave again for a day or two, This has to be one of the worse years I can remember for grass growth with a dismal hay crop as a result, hopefully we will get a nice autumn flurry so we wont need to feed so much hay out in the paddocks until Christmas!!  If only the grass could grow like the weeds!

Enough rambling……  Christine x

Christine