Sunday, 3 November 2013

Changing seasons & new faces

I'm pleased to report that the yard is back to full strength and there isn't a space to let in our 26-box yard (although there's always room for a good horse!). I was very busy at the Tattersalls horses in training sale last week and managed to come away with three purchases. More on them later.

Yarmouth closed it's doors for 2013 on Tuesday and we had a raiding party of four there, all of whom ran well despite not winning. A third place each from The Ducking Stool and Omega Omega was very respectable whilst Silver Alliance told us he needs a holiday with a bit of a flat run. There was plenty of promise from Believe In Me as she travelled well but just got tired in her first run for a few months. I think she should be able to win on the all-weather this winter.

We are now entering the final week of the British flat racing season which is a depressing thought but it has flown by and hopefully we can end it with a bang as we target 20 winners for the year.
Redcar is our only opportunity to do it this week and the course is holding an inspection tomorrow to see if they can race on Tuesday due to flooding. I'm praying it passes the test as Attain needs the ground virtually waterlogged. He's in a weak seller and hopefully this is finally his day to get his head in front otherwise I might just leave him on the beach!
Bestfootforward will also be making the journey up north and she too doesn't mind soft going, having won on it at Brighton last month. Her race certainly looks winnable and she is in top order so hopefully can double her tally for the season.
We don't go to Redcar much but it has been a very lucky track for me - I rode my first winner as an amateur jockey there and I've also trained a 100/1 winner at the course. Let's home the luck continues!
Bestfootforward (Ross)

Hamble (Graham) & Attain (Shelley)

Bethan has had three runs now and got a handicap rating of 60 which I think is very fair on what she has shown so far. She'll need a trip to be seen at her best but there are loads of opportunities for her on the all-weather and her sire (Nayef) has a lot of winners at Southwell so the options are open for her.
Tolly McGuinness is a little star in the yard. He isn't very big and is still a colt but he is a very kind horse. He went a bit flat after his debut run in the summer but we've given him plenty of time and he is much better now and can hopefully earn some money on the sand this winter.
Bethan (Norm)

Tolly McGuinness (Bruce)

As you can see from the two photos above, we have a couple of new members to the team for the next few weeks. We annually take in some South Korean riders who are here to improve their riding and the pair we have this year are great. Norm and Bruce both ride very well and have very friendly attitudes so they fit right into yard life.

As I mentioned, we bought a trio of horses at the sales last week and here they are.
Avidly was trained by Pascal Bary in France for Juddmonte and finished second on her racecourse debut earlier this year at Chantilly. She then finished mid-division in her next start and looks an ideal type to be winning on the all-weather this winter. She is by successful sire Beat Hollow and from a good family so it all bodes well. She may be up for syndication but I am awaiting on one offer for her so I will keep you all informed.
Avidly (Ross)

We've bought lots of winners from Juddmonte down the years so I thought I'd get another and at 4,000gns, I think I've got a bargain. Candesta has only run once and you can see why - he is a big, rangy colt who has obviously needed time to grow. Even though he is still a full horse he has an incredibly kind temperament and is a pleasure to deal with. He is only in light work at the minute but could be anything.
Candesta (Graham)

The third member added to the squad is a more familiar name in Luhaif. He was an extremely talented two year old and finished third in a Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood behind Olympic Glory. He probably hasn't trained on but still shows smart form, as when filling the runner-up spot in a listed race at Lingfield earlier in the season. He looks an ideal type to target these valuable races they are promoting on the all-weather this winter so hopefully he can get our name onto the big stage.

We did actually receive a fourth new horse too, although he was placed with us, rather than bought. Veeraya was formally trained by William Haggas who felt he would benefit from a change of scenery and luckily he suggested to the owner that we have him. He has shown some good form and is rated quite highly. He has only been doing steady canters as he works his way back to full fitness but could be another to win some pounds on the all-weather.
Veeraya (Shelley)

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