Where have we been and what have we been up to??? well where was I on my last blog?? Mares and foals all doing well, Coconut Shy finally delivered last Saturday night (2nd May) and had a very handsome chesnut colt by Archipenko, Mum and son are doing well.
Cameras can now be put away for another year and lights off and I should be able to get some proper nights sleep!! Now busy trying to get the mares covered again!! Not all are returning to stud this year but at this stage there is a possibility we could be hoping for another 7 foals next year. A rather spur of the moment decision has sent our College Doll off to Ireland to be covered by Sir Prancelot, Tally Ho Stud kindly offered a free return to him after the loss of her mum and foal. Still awaiting news on that, but hopefully if she is not away too long she will be returning to the racetrack, in foal for as long as she is permitted race. 2 mares have returned to Dick Turpin so I am anxiously watching any off spring of his this season, not that it can be expected he will produce prococious 2yo’s but with his 3yo crop to come next year I am hopeful he will be a success. I can see no reason why not, he has some lovely looking individuals with some good trainers to hopefully get him off the mark. I am also using a new young stallion Mazameer, a not so well known horse having been trained in France for Hamdan Al Maktoum. He was a Group winner over there and is by one of my old favourite stallions Green Desert out of an In the Wings mare. A super pedigree and certainly looks to match. I went to see him and fell in love with him so hope my mares feel the same way!!!
Sadly no winners to report, horses still running well with a few disappointments, Well Done Fergus Gregory, in my last blog he was having his first ride on Give us a Belle, over a trip too far for the horse, but he ran a blinder and young Fergus gave him a fantastic ride and certainly caught the eye of a few professional jocs in the weighing room with some very complimentary comments made. I’m only sorry he cannot be my apprentice for the flat but he is destined for great things I am sure. On the Sunday following his ride for me he had his first Point to Point ride in Yorkshire and WON!! wow a fantastic ride and pointing is somewhat different to a spin round Wolverhampton. Well Done Fergus, a fairy tale start, long may it continue!!! Feet on the ground he has his next ride this weekend followed by a ride again at Wolves in another amateur race and then onto Chelmsford for me on Tuesday on Perseverent Pete, with exams in between !!
Born to Fly??? I think I said last time I could not wait to see her run!! well i’m still waiting after 2 rather frustrating visits to Brighton!! Every effort has been made to keep her cool calm and collected, so excited about her debut run for me with Seb Sanders full of confidence having won on her previously. She was so chilled and calm at the post and in the stalls, perfect as didn’t want to fly from the stalls and run too keen!! certainly not… if the stall handlers hadn’t shouted her out she would probably have stood there all day enjoying the beautiful Brighton sea air!! So we thought we would try again, identical race, Seb on board, this time gee her up to jump please!! Dreadful journey round the M25 when it was closed for around an hour, only to get to the course and have racing abandoned due to the wind blowing up the matting which covers the roads across the track!!! I am absolutely certain I have been at Brighton on windier days so not really sure why they had this problem!! Not in the best of moods we trundled home again!!
Hi hopes yesterday with Humour and Give us a Belle, a higher grade race but both in fine form and needing a run. Concerns over the ground and I wasn’t sure if we would be going or not but the wind was drying all the time. Give us a Belle in his usual “mad” form when he gets to the races, only went and cracked his head in the stable prior to racing. He is always very excited when he arrives at the races and the only thing you can do is leave him to chill for a few hours prior to the race. However, when we went to get him ready he had blood streaming down his face and was looking very subdued!! After veterinary attendance he had to be withdrawn from the race as he was clearly concussed !!! Humour looked ready to pounce and take the race only to get his path blocked!! he really was the “meat in the sandwich” The ground was riding “dead” and none of the horses were able to quicken, on better ground I do not think anyone would have seen which way he went!! Not beaten far so he ran a good race, just unlucky!
On to the week ahead…. fairly quiet on the race front, Tuesday Chelmsford with Pereverent Pete, must have a chance after running well there on previous occasions. Nothing then until Sunday when we hope to take Satin Waters for her debut over hurdles to Market Rasen. Really excited about that, if you saw her antics at Chelmsford a few weeks ago you will understand the slightly nervous feeling I have. However, jump jocs are big with long legs and are more used to horses having their front legs in the air than little flat jocs. We did take her for a “walk about” before racing at Fakenham this week as I feel the more she gets used to the better she should be!! Thanks to David Hunter for allowing us to have a good walk around the parade ring when there was plenty of action and noise. She loaded up and came home chilled and relaxed so hopefully she will expect the same next time!!
Lots to look forward to, our first 2yo should be out soon, Sahkastic. The others are coming along really well and I am so pleased we have been able to use our grass gallops at home following the recent rainfall. I am still trying to finalise a syndicate or sale of our very handsome Fast Company colt. I have had plenty of interest, just need a few more to make up a syndicate, let me know if you are interested, come and see him, he is a cracker!! Fast Company is doing so well with his off spring on the tracks, I really am excited about our boy who has the pedigree and looks to be a star! and a bargain to boot!
Now off to cut my lawn if the mower has any petrol in it !!!