Three weeks have gone by since I last updated this blog and although we havent had many runners, we've still been pretty busy recruiting new horses, and we managed to take last week off to head up to Scotland for our annual fishing hols.
On the runners front, I was chuffed with Camachoice's hurdling debut at Uttoxeter where he finished 2nd. He jumped fairly fluently and although beaten by a useful performer for this time of year, he beat the others well, and it shouldnt be too long until he puts his head in front over timber. Maxford Lady showed an improved performance and has earnt herself another chance upp in trip, but I should imagine she'll soon be on the transfer list and I think we'll have a well bred unraced filly to come into the racing club.
We've welcomed a few more new horses to the yard lately - I flew out to Germany earlier this month to ride a 3 year old called Agenor in a piece of work around Cologne racecourse. He moved beautifully, quickened well and is obviously has an engine…..so we had him vetted and bought him. I’ve attached a video of the piece of work below:
Other new recruits to the yard include To The Sky who was bought by a new syndicate to us called White Diamond Racing. He has run plenty of times, and has some good form in Ireland, but has slipped down the ratings, and might be well handicapped now. We’ve tweaked a few things with him, and have schooled him over fences so I hope he can be competitive.
After a few busy months of buying and selling we all thoroughly enjoyed our weeks fishing in Scotland. The weather was incredible and whilst diving off the boat into Lough Etive, one could have imagined we were actually in the Med! I had a bit of luck on the river with a couple of salmon on the first and last mornings, and I was pleased that Lettie had the joy of catching a fish too.