I am chuffed to bits with how well Zephyr is schooling – he has taken to it well, and we’ll look to get him out over the baby hurdles tomorrow. However, below is a video of him over the poles and barrels in the outdoor school this morning.
It wasn’t our day yesterday at Fontwell. We went there with three small chances, but didn’t come away with anything. Lucy's Girl travelled and jumped really well, but unfortunately Tom Garner got her racing a bit early - had he filled her up going down the hill, then I think she would have been in the shakeup coming back up the hill. I don’t think we would have won, but we may have been placed.
Maxford Lady was having her handicap debut, stepped up in trip and so I really thought that she would run well. However just as at Stratford she stopped to nothing in a couple of strides. Now she doesn’t bleed and her scope is clean, so I think she must be struggling to catch her wind because she is simply stopping so quickly and then once the jockey eases up she runs on again quite happily. She never made a noise but sometimes the quiet ones and the most deadly. I think it's worth putting an overland scope on her and working her to see what is happening in her airways….. we can then make a calculated decision as to what to do next.
Whilst poor Queens Bay never jumped a twig, never let herself down and was always under pressure. She had a leg previously, and I fear she may have re injured herself…. We’ll know more when we get her scanned next week, but she may be off to stud sooner than we had hoped.