It has been a slow week runners wise with Bushy Glade being our only runner. She is only lightly raced and we are still trying out new things with her to bring out the best in her, she ran encouragingly enough finishing mid division in a messy race and will hopefully be more to come when we have found the key to her.
It has been yet another bitterly cold February week but the yard had a sad conclusion to the week when Prussia Cove, an unraced filly was unfortunately put to sleep after she sustained an injury that she could not recover from. It is very rare that this happens in the yard as we are only small, which makes it even harder when we lose a horse as we all grow so close to the animals, she was a lovely, sweet filly and a complete blank canvas. We had not had her long after recently buying her from the sales and I am even more devastated for her owner, but atleast now she is out of any pain and I am pretty certain we did everything we could to save her.
With Ross now settling into his new life in Australia, I have been too busy running around doing his jobs aswell I haven't managed to take any pictures this week. Although, I did manage to escape from the yard on Thursday and make it up to the sales to purchase a new filly from the Charlie Hills yard named Inauguration. She has only run 4 times, the latest finishing 3rd last week at Kempton. She looks quite light so I think we will give her a few weeks to gain some condition and then begin finding a race for her as she is already race fit.
Next week also looks like we will not be having many runners, this time of year sees alot of repetition with race fixtures and always seems to be the same horses running. There is not alot of variety and I find alot of horses can really get soured off running alot on the all-weather during the winter months, so that is why many of mine have a few weeks off now ready for the last grind of the all-weather season and have a little edge on some of the other horses that have been running all winter. Avidly is a horse that has been eased off and has recently come back into work, her best form is at Lingfield so hopefully she will be one to look out for in the coming weeks. Also a horse I am looking forward to running towards the end of the winner is Veeraya. He is the highest rated horse in the yard and ran a fabulous race at last years All-weather Championships meeting in the big race so hopefully he will give us something to look forward to.
In the meantime we will be looking forward to travelling down the road again to Chelmsford on Thursday when Tight Lipped makes his reappearance after a great run last time to finish 3rd at the track. He lost a front shoe when jumping from the stalls last time and still ran on well and I think the track really suits his running style, although it is a little shorter distance wise than he is used to but that means his stamina will be even more in his hand. Accompanying him to the races will be Tolly McGuiness, he has been quite frustrating as he shows great speed at home but never manages to finish his races, the slower surface will hopefully suit but he will need to step up on recent efforts to lose the maiden tag.