Sunday, 28 July 2013

Geegees and GG (Glorious Goodwood)

The two foals that we currently have at the stud have received plenty of coverage in this blog over the last few months but we also have another pair of youngsters maturing in the fields.
As yearlings, they are a whole year older than the foals so this means they are set to be ridden for the first time at the end of the year and then embark on their careers as racehorses.
The pair of fillies were bought as foals last December and their rate of growth over the past few months has been easy to see and they are both now looking like proper racehorses, ready for action.
We have never trained a horse by the great Montjeu but we now have one from his Derby-winning son Authorized as that is who Celestine Abbey is sired by.
The other filly is a fine looker called Mercy Me, by first-season stallion Mawatheeq.

Celestine Abbey

Mercy Me

Moving onto the current stars, it's set to be a busy week after a few quiet ones without any runners.
We didn't have anything suitable for Royal Ascot but it's nice to head to Glorious Goodwood with two good chances. Winners at the big festivals are what get you noticed as a small yard so hopefully we can hit the headlines but both runners do need some horses to be balloted out to get a run.
First up on Wednesday is good old Spirit of Sharjah. He is in great form at the minute and is on a handicap mark which he can win off. He has ran well at the track in the past and hopefully we can have Steve Drowne riding him as the pair went well the time before last.
Spirit of Sharjah (Reno)

Should Silver Alliance get a run the following day, we'll be staying overnight at Goodwood to save another stressful journey. Silver hasn't run since winning in June but that's because we've been keeping him fresh for this race as it is a very valuable one for apprentice jockeys. Our stable apprentice, Shelley Birkett, is in hot demand for the race as many trainers want her services but luckily we get first dibs so if he does run, Shelley will be on board again.
Silver had a stretch of his legs on Saturday with Automotive who runs on Sunday. He's back over the course and distance which he won over the time before last and the same jockey on that occasion, Ross Birkett, is back on him so it wouldn't surprise me to see them back in the money.
Automotive (Ross) & Silver Alliance (Alfie)

It has been a long and troublesome road trying to get Bethan on the racetrack but finally it looks as though things are falling into place. Her homework is really good and she went through the starting stalls for the first time on Friday without a worry so all looks set for her debut at Newmarket a week on Saturday. She went along with fellow comeback kid Lea Valley who is now fighting fit again after her fractured leg. She needs a bit of ease in the ground but should be running soon.
Lea Valley (Shelley) & Bethan (Annalie)

The Ducking Stool is becoming a bit of a legend at Yarmouth nowadays after four wins at the seaside track but she's going up north for her next run as she goes to Pontefract a week on Wednesday. She finished second in the same race last year so the place doesn't hold any fears for her and she is in great form at home.
The Ducking Stool (Ross)

The heavy localised showers have meant that soft ground has been very hit and miss across the country but it looks to have landed in the right place for Tiger's Home at Leicester on Wednesday. She has looked like winning on several occasions without actually doing so but she definitely has the ability to get her head in front so hopefully this could be her time.
Tiger's Home (Adam) & Entrance (Julia)

The two boys who we had gelded last week have come out of their operations fine and don't seem too bothered about being two stone lighter. It is not as a dramatic procedure as you may think as the whole thing is done in the comfort of their own stable and they don't have to miss out on any work. In fact, Vastly was back on the gallops on Saturday - he's a very stuffy horse so we have to keep plenty of work into him.
Vastly (Billy)

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