A long, long overdue update from the sunny climes of Norfolk. Lots of changes have taken place, lots of new horses to add to the yard, exciting new babies born. Currently a total of 20 horses in training, including 7 2yos and 8 3yos so lots of new faces to make their debuts.
Old favourite campaigner Kraka heads the older horses. Kraka has had a few issues which have prevented him from gracing the turf this spring and summer but he is back in full swing and hopefully it won’t be too long before he is back in action for a good autumn/winter campaign on the all-weather where he is most at home.
A personal favourite of mine, (probably my favourite horse in the yard) is Flower of Thunder, a lovely 4yo filly by Night of Thunder. It is only a matter of time before she hits the number 1 spot at the races.
Our 2yos are looking good. I’m not renowned for my 2yo runners, maybe a little over cautious to push them too early? However for the first time in a few years I have some 2yo looking types. We also bought a couple of promising types recently. Beloved of All, a smashing little colt by Starspangledbanner (a sire I like a lot) showed some promise in this first few races. He would have been back on the track by now but suffered a quite severe allergic reaction to something, not sure what yet so doing a process of elimination at the moment. Hopefully be back in full work very soon.
Another nice type we bought was a lovely filly by Footstepsinthesand – Doves Cry (see photograph to the left). She’s had her three runs and will hopefully be back on the track soon as the longer distance races are now starting. She will definitely need 1m+.
Another nice addition is Enchanted Night, a 3yo filly by Night of Thunder. Had her first run for us this week and looks promising for the future.
Bought a handsome son of Brazen Beau 3yo – Swooper, a winner earlier this year. A typical sprinter. A little quirky perhaps? I’m hoping a change of scenery will help. Sprinters traditionally improve with age so hopefully he will give us plenty of fun on the track.
We have a few nice looking homebreds this year. A filly by Mayson, a gelding by Brazen Beau and a filly by Garswood all looking to make their debuts in the not too distant future along with a nice 2yo Mehmas filly (see photograph).
On the breeding side, we had four nice foals born this year. Two by Postponed and two by Outstrip. Fewer than normal foals this year but have some nice coverings for next year by Postponed, Cable Bay, Twilight Son, Mayson, Tasleet, Eqtidaar and Outsrip.
For the future we have a few nice yearlings kicking round the place. A lovely Mayson Filly, Charming Thought filly, Harry Angel filly, a colt by Proconsul, and a colt by Rajasingh.
We are also just in the process of re launching our Racing Club, A small club limited to 20 members to ensure it gives fun, and the feel of real racehorse ownership! The Club will have three horses. Full details available on request and will be sent to existing interested parties.
Hopefully no nasty interruptions to life over the next year or so!! Hope this gives a little insight into what’s what and who’s who at College Farm Stables. For the stats fans amongst you we have not had too bad a year so far, despite the lack of winners past the post!! I am confident they are just around the corner!
Here’s until the next time.