Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Holiday time...

Most of our horses are on easy work but we have a few left to run on the All Weather.

Cheherazad who was long overdue a bit of luck, won her maiden at Lingfield. We think she will improve next year.

Circumvent continued his unfortunate year when finishing second at Lingfield in the Listed race. He was very unlucky not to win, only just failing by a short head. He is entered in the Prix Lyphard at Deauville on the 7th December and continues to be in good form.

Our yearlings seem to be an exceptional bunch this year, they are all cantering and can be seen on the horses for sale page of the website.

On a different subject, if anybody is thinking of a quick, exciting, good value holiday, look no further than a cruise down the Nile on the Sonesta St George. It is incredibly good value and extremely enjoyable. Having just seen Tutankhamun, I have to say he is not ageing well.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Breeders Cup 2011

Silverheels, after his poor effort at Maisons-Laffitte looks like he may have had an excuse, otherthan the ground, Christophe (jockey) reported he did not feel right and pulled him up. It was discovered he had an infection in his leg which had to have antibiotics. He has shown to be normally reliable and it was way out of character for him to run like that.

Don Libre ran well enough, he should do better at Kempton next week in a similar race over 1 mile. We have eight still in training to run on the All Weather.

Circumvent may contest the Listed race over 1m2f at Lingfield on Saturday. The horse has never been better and he has had a bad time with draws and ground etc this year and it remains to be seen if he handles the All Weather surface. Their are possible races at Deauville, Cagnes,St Moritz for him.

Charles Egerton gave a Breeders Cup Party with a good dinner and good wine. The european horses did very well and the prize money was great but for me it was boring racing and the horses did not run to form. Where were the great trainers? If you were a punter in the yard you would have needed a pin to get a winner, not worth losing sleep over.
Even Myleene would not have minded missing it!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Ground too soft

Unfortunately it rained for two days solid before we got to race day for Silverheels in France. The ground at Maisons-Laffitte ended up very heavy and he didn't handle it at all. C. Soumillion, sensibly, gave him a relatively easy time of it during the race beacause of the ground. None of the English horses were in the first 5 home. We are keeping him for next year and hope to pick up a few sprint prizes with him.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sales & France in one day!

Not much happening on the racing front this week, although we are keeping six horses going at the moment. We sold seven horses at Doncaster today, Moynahan comes back to Whatcombe to maybe run in Deauville Claimers.

Ridden diferently, Gifted Girl should have been in the frame. She had not run for 3 months since she won her maiden at Goodwood and going on so far out she was bound to get tired in that company.

Swingland is a nice filly for next year, the ground was too fast for her at Newmarket, plus the fact she needs further.

Don Libre runs at Southwell on Thursday, he has shown signs of ability but the long arm of the Maktooms reaches even to Median Maidens at Southwell.

Circumvent who ran so well at Newbury from a poor draw is so well he could go to France for one last run. The Owners will decide if he should go to Dubai early next year.

Tony Bradley who has been with us for 30 years is leaving and going North. He will be sorely missed, there are not many better than him in the business. He has a young family and feels he would like a change, his family live in the North.

Therese O'Neil who has been under Head Lass and does the feeding, takes over. There is no aspect of the business that she is not fully experienced in. We have never had better staff, although we do miss Duilio Da Silva who now rides in Sweden.

The racing Administration seems to be spiraling downwards, comments and articles are all negative about the BHA, there is a great expression, water finds its own level, and I think this dire situation we are in proped up by the Maktooms will only get worse.

On a boring subject "the Whip" there has been ill informed comments including a Racing Post journalist saying that if a Jockey breaks the daft new rules that the horse should forfeit the race. Do they realise that in doing so they will also punish the lad who does the horse, the breeder, the stallion, the mare, the yard, the workrider, the punter etc. Everybody should read Charlie Brooks articles in the Telegraph, he makes the most overall sense at the moment.