Time for an update with lots of things happening here at College Farm. A short break from the racetrack gearing ourselves up for the much awaited turf season. I can hardly believe we should be at an evening meeting next Saturday at Nottingham. Ground permitting we could have 2 runners in the Apprentice Handicap over 5f, Give Us a Belle and Humour. After a beautiful day like today the ground is drying fast but with more rain forecast towards the end of the week I would say it is 50/50 whether we will be going. Good to be the first race of the evening if we do go, we will get the best ground and wont be so late home. Both horses have good records at Nottingham so I am hoping we will be there, shame to have 2 in the same race but at least 1 of them should get a good draw!
It is all systems go here at the yard, we are busy laying a new woodfibre track, much overdue to be done as we have been struggling with the wet conditions, but despite that we are cracking on and hoping it will be up and “running” by the end of next week, I’m thinking maybe a small scale “Open Day” celebration may be called for so watch this space for more details.
I am very excited about our horses in the yard and cannot wait to get them out on the track. I think they are the best bunch I have had for a few years, I just hope they don’t let me down. If anyone hasn’t yet sent in their Five to Follow entry it is not too late but please email/send them over ASAP
Along with all the other activities and work in the yard, the broodmare band have been working hard, 4 foals so far, 3 to go. Very civilised so far as they have been kind and come in 2’s, 2 born last Wednesday night and 2 born this Monday night. so far 3 fillies and 1 colt!! Pity not the other way round but they are nice healthy foals so I wont complain. Our little College Doll has produced a gorgeous little girl, small but a perfect little horse by Sir Prancelot who is getting his first 2yo runners now. So nice we have had a day of sunshine for them all to enjoy.
Great to now be well into the flat turf season but the jump racing has been amazing this past season. Who would want to pick Jump Horse of the Year? I think all the top contenders deserve it, Annie Power, Cue Card, Sprinter Sacre, Thistlecrack, Don Cossack. Wow what a line up! And a great National on Saturday as well.
Roll on Saturday and hopefully the rain will not come. GUAB is on a very good mark on turf and could run well if in the mind ! Humour looks good after a short break and bit of paddock time. Hopefully Saturday will be the start of a good turf season for him. He is a winner over 5 but I think maybe 6 is a better trip for him but if he handles the ground he should run well after a break. fingers crossed, good draws, luck in running etc etc.
Here’s hoping for a good week ahead.