Sunday, 24 November 2013

Chilly clipping

There's certainly a chill in the air now and I have been busy in the yard clipping horses as they have grown longer coats with the drop in temperature recently. Obviously the horses grow longer coats to keep warm but it is no good for the horses in training as it means they sweat more at exercise and then could get scabby skin underneath the thick coat so that's why we clip them. We make sure they are wrapped up in plenty of rugs afterwards to keep toasty with their new haircut.

It was a frustrating week with not much luck going our way. Attain didn't have the race run how he likes it at Wolverhampton on Friday whilst the flip start for Bestfootforward at Lingfield on Saturday was a farce after the starting stalls were vandalised overnight. She was slowly away and could never get involved.

Hopefully the new week will bring a bit more luck as we have a couple of runners.
Tiger's Home has been due a holiday but she keeps on running really well so it keeps getting postponed. However, whatever the result on Tuesday at Wolverhampton, she'll be given a break. She doesn't have a great draw but is in fine form so can hopefully end on a high.

Bestfootforward will be making a quick reappearance on Wednesday as she didn't have much of a race at the weekend so she is still fresh and well. She needs a few to come out to get into the race but I hope she does as it certainly looks winnable...providing there are stalls this time!

Unfortunately Believe In Me is now retired after her below par run on Wednesday at Kempton. She has always gone well at home but never really shown it on the track. She is a lovely looking filly who will make someone a lovely pony. If you are interested in having her, or know someone who can provide a good home, please get in touch.

We bought a trio of new horses at the sales last month and they're all coming along great. Avidly ran in France pretty recently so she was quite fit when she arrived. We gave her her first piece of work on Saturday and although it was only a gentle workout, she showed plenty of promise. She has only run twice in her career and is still a bit green but all the early signs are pleasing.
No Such Number (Shelley), Avidly (Ross) & Bethan (Adam)

Tolly McGuinness is also lightly raced having only graced the track once. He is a lovely little horse who is a favourite of many in the yard because he is so kind and gentle. He's needed time to strengthen but he is going strongly now and won't be far off a run. He is no world beater but I certainly hope he can win a race.
Tolly McGuinness (Danny) & Omega Omega (Reno)

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