Following Boxing Day all the horses were given Flu and Herpies vaccinations. We do these every six months in the hope they boost the horses immune systems and help them stay healthy. Over this period the majority of the string are freshened up for a spring campaign.
We have been pleased with Condaw Caitlin’s aptitude to hurdling and, although it is difficult to say how good a horse she has beaten, she has won both her hurdle starts very well and shows a useful turn of foot in the closing stages. We have options going forward and she seems to thrive on racing so we will continue whilst she is in good form.
Return Ticket ran well at Catterick but will probably benefit from coming back to two miles. A big galloping track will also help him as he is not the best at fiddling fences!
It goes without saying that we were disappointed Waiting Patiently met with a setback when chipping a bit of bone off his joint but he has come out of his operation well and will make a full recovery.
Following a frustrating start to the season where nothing quite fired but we couldn’t find anything wrong, we found a few of the string had mucus in their lungs. A couple of weeks of routine canters without working them seemed to work albeit about four needed antibiotics. Since then we have had a couple of seconds and, finally, a couple of winners!
Buster Valentine ran an unusual race in that he never looked like winning until about two out and then won nicely. Unfortunately he struck into his leg, narrowly missing the tendon and is currently at the vets where they are (hopefully) preventing infection. He will need a period of box rest then rehabbed back to full fitness and it is likely he will miss the season.
Clondaw Caitlin won a bumper on her second start under rules. She had showed enough at home to suggest a bumper win wasn’t beyond her but it was more we wanted to boost her confidence following a fall in a point. She may run in another bumper if the opportunity presents it self and if not she will start her hurdling career.
We have a few possible runners coming up and hope the horses continue in good form.
Having had a few runners we are now in a better position to assess where the horses are in regards to fitness. Most of our first runners will need a run and these will bring the next ones on. Return Ticket ran a lovely race to two out before going for his girth’s. He stayed the trip well enough but we wouldn’t be afraid to pull him back to 2m and as such, has an entry at Carlisle on Thursday. Buster Valentine ran well until two out and maybe a combination of tiredness and the trip on quicker ground meant he didn’t look like he galloped to the line. He will probably step up in trip next time. Black Ebony’s schooling at home had slowly improved so he made a better shape albeit spending a lot of time in the air. The run at 2m was to sharpen him up over his jumps and he stayed on well up the hill. He will appreciate stepping up in trip. Blossoming Forth ran very disappointingly and we were at a loss to explain why until a blood test showed she was in season.
Tomorrow we run Cyrus Keep, the first foal out of Overbranch. A lovely little horse by Doyen he is very genuine and shows a great attitude at home. He may need the run and experience and not many of the family won bumpers but improved for racing.
It has been a quiet summer for us even by our own standards and with less summer jumpers this year i’m thinking of investing in a couple of flat horses to keep us ticking over next summer. Double W’s provided us with some much needed early early winners but he then had a break and has come in looking and feeling fantastic. Kick On Dottie is a typical summer jumper as she likes good ground and she is a nice little mare, but realistically she was badly handicapped following her two wins in ordinary novice hurdles last summer. She has come down a few pounds and she may run at Hexham on Friday if conditions are suitable. Tayzar was the first of the horses to run following a break but it was hard to take anything away from the run regarding the fitness and health of the horses as the rain caused the ground to go against him. He has come out of the race fresh and well and, depending on the forecast, may run at Kelso on Sunday.
The horses are coming on nicely and we should have a few making their seasonal debuts in the coming three weeks. Exciting times!
It has been a while since the least blog post so quite a lot has happened since then! We have been delighted with Double W’s hat trick of wins since coming back from a rare and unusual injury. Requiring surgery on a large joint the vets were understandably quite cautious with their prognosis particularly since the injury involved both the bone and ligaments which reduced the chance of him returning successfully to racing. Due to the caution, we implemented a slow and steady build up back into full fitness and monitored his soundness very closely. We were very grateful to John Quinn for allowing us use of his indoor ride which, unlike the gallops we use, is flat allowing us to work the joint and strengthen it before adding additional pressure by incorporating hill work. The rest is history! He has thrilled us all by winning the three races he has contested and has struck up a lovely partnership with Leighton Aspell who rides him so well.
The majority of the horses are on holiday either with us or with their owners. We have three young horses in light work learning the ropes and will school in the coming few days before having a break. Double W’s, Kick On Dottie and Karapiro Boy will continue to run through the summer. Last spring we purchased two lovely Telescope fillies for Cliff Stud (who foal our mares and do an excellent job) who are now in to be broken. Out of Shirocco and Accordian mares they have lovely pedigrees and should do the job before going on to be broodmares.
On the subject of broodmares, Oleohneh had a lovely big Blue Bresil filly this year who will be put on the MOPS bonus scheme for British bred mares who then qualify for a bonus if winning a qualified race. Oleohneh was recently covered by Yeats and will hopefully be in foal! Her first born, a Fame And Glory colt was sold as a foal and resold this week as a three year old store at the Goffs Landrover Sale. He sold for 68,000 Euros to Henry de Bromhead to whom we send lots of good luck wishes! Our Ethel has scanned in foal to Passing Glance and we have ordered a full brother to Attaglance. Her daughter Ethelwyn, a winner herself, has scanned in foal to Norse Dancer.
On the subject of sales we were active at both the Goffs Uk Horses In Training sales where with the help of Bobby O’Ryan we purchased two point to pointers for existing owners and at the Goffs Landrover store sales. Blossoming Forth won her only start earlier this year for Phil Rowley who thinks very highly of her. A daughter of Flemensfirth she looks to have a bit of speed which will help early in her career though you would expect her to stay in time. She won over 2m 4f without coming off the bridle. Clondaw Caitlin came from Michael Goff and is named after his daughter. She pulled up on her first start and returned sick. After falling early on her second start she was turned out two days later and beaten less then a length by a Blue Bresil Filly that made 70,000 at the Tattersalls May Sales a week later. Both are nice types and are enjoying a break before the coming season. One of the first things I do when getting a store sales catalogue is look at the dams to see if there are any siblings to one we train. There were quite a few this time and I was pleased to see them sell well. I purchased a full sister to Blossoming Forth as I like Flemensfirth as a stallion and she looks a very nice individual. A slightly smaller type then her older sister she has a great step to her and I think I like her even more since she arrived back at Newstead.
Delighted with Lemon T at Newcastle where he got his head in front for the first time in his second bumper run. A very genuine performance as he had to make the running and led from pillar to post, staying on strongly down the straight and running through the line. He may now go hurdling. Return Ticket ran a cracking race giving weight away all round. He jumped great and stayed on strongly bu was just pipped to the post. Aiden Blakemore gave him a lovely ride though I was less impressed with the 8lb rise by the handicapper – particularly as he only gave the winner 3lb.
Tomorrow Waiting Patiently runs at Aintree, a course we have always thought would suit him. The rain falling was a blessing for him and we are trying him in cheek pieces as he doesn’t always concentrate that well when he hits the front. They didn’t make him keen when we worked him in them which wasn’t the effect we were looking for so hopefully they will be beneficial in a finish.
We were pleased with Mega Yeats at Market Rasen. She set her own pace and jumped beautifully and although not visually impressive she won nicely. She may go to Cheltenham next on the 18th April for a race on the all mares card. Temple Man ran a nice race on his first completed start for nearly a year. He will probably stay hurdling now.
Next week we have Ryedale Racer at Hexham on Tuesday, Return Ticket and Lemon T at Newcastle on Thursday and Dubai Angel at Wetherby on Friday. All ground dependent but all in good form.
We thought Waiting Patiently ran a lovely race on what was only his second start since winning this last year. Obviously we didn’t learn anything in the King George regarding trip or anything so this was the logical choice. We probably would have took our chance back in trip at Newbury had it not been off. He dint look fully comfortable on the ground at times and we will (try) keep him on softer going where we can.
Mega Yeats ran a great race to finish third in a listed race on just her second start over hurdles. She will improve for the run and she should have learnt a little more about racing by running. She will now miss Cheltenham and we will look for another mares novice hurdle for her.
Black Ebony made his racecourse debut at Kelso and ran a really promising race. Beaten less then 4 lengths into seventh he has come out of the race well. For a horse that had never been away from home or through a show ring he was very professional all day and took everything in his stride. He will have learnt an awful lot from that experience and should he build on it he should pick up a bumper before he turns his attention to hurdling.
Thankfully we were not a yard that had to shutdown due to the flu crisis and as we had not had any direct contact with the yards which were affected. We did need to do some of the horses with a flu vaccination booster. It is difficult to tell if it has had much of an affect on the two we have ran since as both ran well in their respective races.
We had four runners at Carlisle – all making their seasonal or racecourse debuts. Tayzar has some good form in the book but is his own worst enemy as he can be very keen in his races. We decided to send him chasing as, usually, the sight of the big black fence makes them back off and they settle better. He was certainly more rideable and was running a cracking race until he stumbled on landing at the second last (upsides the winner) which cost him all chance. Still, bar that he jumped well and we were thrilled. He will be out again soon. Return Ticket didn’t justify second favouritism but we were not as disappointed as some as we are not sure the course would suit him and he took a blow after being keen early. He will come on for the run. Raecius Felix ran well after his pre-race antics and he will improve a lot for the experience. He raced behind the bridle but jumped well and was not fully tuned up as he is a touch hot headed. Mega Yeats was purchased following a point to point win and we were thrilled with her winning debut. We never intended to train her for a bumper but as the ground was too quick to school her we opted to aim her at that race for experience and a day out. She will now go hurdling.
Lemon T may make his racecourse debut at Ayr on Monday. The final foal from his dam he is related to bumper winners and does things nicely at home. Its a newcomers bumper so there is even less to go on but we like and he will come on for the run regardless of his finishing position.