New Years Eve
We would struggle to find a nicer photo than this to wish you all a happy New Years Eve – Shirley Errington going hunting the old fashioned way with ex racer Elspeth’s Boy, what a wonderful home and life after racing she is giving him.
Some more photos and a video to enjoy – our foals at Dibble Bridge having fun in the snow a few days ago. I also took a video of our gorgeous looking filly we call ‘Ruby Wood’ out of Helen Wood by Malinas – reluctantly going to the DBS breeding sales in a few weeks, but she was bred to sell and we are sure she is going to go on and be a very smart racehorse, hopefully as good as her 130 rated 5x winning dam. Anyone looking for a store to put away we would be delighted to keep her and train her for an Owner in the future, her temperament is superb.
The video link to watch ‘Ruby Wood’
Old favourite Howard (pictured above) is doing well since his tendon injury and he had his first 5 minute walk out today and was very good, he walked well and we are looking forward to finding him a great home in the Spring of 2015.
We are sad to report that top young jockey Phillip Dennis will be leaving us next week to be an apprentice flat jockey for Michael Dodds – but this is a very good opportunity for Phillip who is really a bit too light at present for our jumps job and he could go on and be a real top flat apprentice next year. We wish him all the very best and have no doubt that he is a name you are going to be hearing a lot about, already he is attracting a lot of outside rides. He will also continue to ride for us when available, he rode a really good bumper winner for us on Boxing day in Bedale Lane and has been a top member of our team in 2014, you would not wish for a nicer lad or a harder worker. This leaves us with a vacancy for a 10lb claiming conditional at the start of their career so watch this space.
Tomorrow sees two runners at Catterick, Celtic Agent and Birthday Guest. Both races look tricky and its a particularly warm novice that the former contests. This will be his third run over hurdles. Its on to Ayr on the 2nd and we are looking forward to seeing Stopped Out back in action – he runs over hurdles in the 2m4f contest and the ground may well go heavy with the predicted 10-15 ml of rain forecast. It won’t be easy as he is top of the 0-140 handicap but he is in great order at home.
Our daughter Izzy loved riding up at Middleham today – she rode her pony Freddie up the gallops with her Dad.
It has been a really snowy few days at Castleton, this was the view over the moors on the way home last night…a real winter wonderland.
- Posted in: News