Wednesday 18th – updated, more photos
One runner, a 4th today at Doncaster for Lady Buttons in the novice hurdle. Not the result we wanted and this game is a great leveller. We are confident she will be back in the winners enclosure this season, it may be that she is a genuine 2m 4f horse on a galloping track. It took about three seasons to determine what Goldan Jess wanted and then he became a revelation. This mare is definately going to be winning plenty more races just like him.
Soeur de Rois ran a better race in the bumper yesterday, she stuck on well for 4th and Adam reported how game and genuine she was, not beaten more than 5 lengths.
Stormy Morning received a welcome parcel today, fresh carrots and apples from two of his dedicated Owners, Betty and Janette. Hope you are reading this, he was very appreciative and enjoyed some of the carrots in his tea tonight. Its apples tomorrow night.
Stormy is in work at Castleton with another old favourite, Full Speed and both doing plenty of roadwork. Platinum can’t do his roadwork at Dibble, he is too naughty to ride and bucks all the time so he has gone to Middleham. We can’t wait to get him back running and pray all goes smoothly.
Some of the other horses at Dibble Bridge….
And this is Kim and Becky in the barn ( i’m at the camera) before we managed to totally fill it with straw, a job none of us enjoy but does give us a good workout!
We have an unusual new four legged inmate at our home yard now too, we seem to have adopted a sheep who doesn’t want to leave – why would she? She gets to hoover up all the Topspec feed the horses drop, plus steals into the feed shed when she can and sleeps in the barn with top class haylage on tap whenever she fancies. As if that is not enough though, she has also ate all the ivy leaves round the bottom of the house. She has been nicknamed ‘Always’ by our kids as she is always here, and it looks like she is going to be a permenant fixture. The horses seem to quite like her and so do we.
We were at Middleham on Tuesday evening, here is the main yard at bedtime… We are pleased to say that our new yardman Keith is doing a first rate job and its all looking super smart. Both he and other new staff members Jade and Hugo have settled in very quickly.
The Philip Kirby Racing Partnership’s ‘Can’t Believe It’ is entered for Newcastle on Saturday and he will make his debut here PROVIDED the ground does not dry up too much.
Lady Chapp has still not foaled, Lady Chloe and Marmot Bay are both due tomorrow, who will foal first! We are nervously waiting news. The mares still at Dibble and looking well but not due until March and April are Pickworth, Epicurean, Royalty and Helen Wood.
We are pleased to report that Preacher’s Belle is doing well in her new hunting / point to point home with Graeme Scantlebury, here she is on her second day out hunting.
Another ex-racer…. Lynne Shimwell sent me this photo of Master Moon who she gave a home to after he broke down at Catterick. She loves this big gentle horse and he has definately fallen on his feet here….
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