And below is a video of clips from Phil’s iphone taken the last couple of days – schooling, yearlings up the gallop, Lady Buttons sister being sat on for the first time – all part and parcel of every day life at the yard. We haven’t many runners this week so its just something different to watch. However, scroll down past the video to see the Newcastle preview.
We had our staff Christmas Party last night at The Black Swan in Middleham – it was a good do and nearly everyone was out. Sad to write that its long time member of our team ‘Kyle James’ last week with us, and he leaves us to work for James Bethell as of next week. Kyle has won lots of races on our horses including The Durham National on Simply Smashing, the Crystal Cup at Cartmel on Goldan Jess – some good races on Agglestone Rock and many many others. Moving the yard in the next couple of months means that many of our our staff have had to consider whether they want to remain in Middleham, and we have also said goodbye to Joe and Corben over the past fortnight – Joe going to Mickey Hammond’s with Kate, and Corben to Mark Johnston’s. We have had a very strong team these past 6 months and are sorry to see them go but wish them all good luck in their future positions.
This didn’t stop the Party last night and here are a couple of images from the pub, we had the annual get together of our Castleton team and our Middleham team! Plenty of high heels on show from us Castleton girls and a big thankyou for Lynne and Mark Shimwell for being the taxis for the evening, its a long way back to Castleton at 2am.
While the party was still going Phil left early to collect 3 year old Kempton winner ‘Geordan Murphy’ from David O Meara’s who had brought him back for us – a much better drive to Pickering than kempton! He is a lovely young horse with solid form, a good mover and a likeable attitude. Expect to see him out for us in the next 2-3 weeks. Now named ‘Gordon’ he stayed at Dibble Bridge and enjoyed a quiet hack out this afternoon once Phil had got back from work.
I took these photos of Helen Wood (left) and Lady Chapp (right) yesterday, they are both doing well as are all the mares in foal at Dibble Bridge, fingers crossed it stays that way.
Tomorrow sees the debut of the Sakhee 3 year old ‘Sakhee’s City’ for Jayne and keith Sivills in their familiar purple and white silks. Patience has hopefully paid off with this big scopey gelding and he goes well enough at home. He is pictured left as a two year old being ridden away at Castleton by Kyle before we moved to Middleham – Counting up Kyle has been with us for the best part of 5 or 6 years with a little break in between and he will be missed when we take our team further North.
Our other runner tomorrow is Birthday Guest who is still high enough in the handicap but showed up for a long way last time out. He drops back in trip tomorrow and needs to keep his confidence up after an unfortunate fall at the second last at Catterick. Compared to his flat mark and flat form, his jumps mark is too high but he will be capable of landing a race when things go his way, and was placed the time before in a selling handicap at Fakenham.
News will be updated from London the next 2 days as i am very lucky to be going to Olympia with my friends and our children…early start to catch the train but no doubt i will be locating a betting shop to sneak in and watch the runners tomorrow and I will be keeping in touch with yard news to bring everyone up to date as its almost holiday time – hope to see many of you at Wetherby on Boxing day when we should have ‘Hail the Brave’ amongst others running.
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