Monday 23rd February
Apologies for the lack of news the last couple of days, Phil and I have been in France over the weekend collecting our new trailer. We are currently on our way back from Portsmouth, it is one of the MTM range who are a sister company of Theault who made our horsebox, the best maker of two stallers. This is how it looks and it will go behind the horsebox or our 4×4 vehicle to give us extra scope for runners at two meeting or allow us to take four runners. All the trainers in France seem to have this arrangement , the trailers are not like standard horse trailers, they are like mini horseboxes inside and are made to be very safe. While we have been away the yard runs smoothly as usual with Simon Olley, Assistant Trainer in charge, he and Phil staying in touch by phone as usual.
It has been an interesting two days, our eldest daughter came with us and we went racing to Angers yesterday, a flat galloping track with wide turns and an assortment of steeplechase fences. I took this photo of them crossing the huge water jump in front of the stands. We watched Jacques Riccou win on a hot favourite, he of long ago ‘Jair du Cochet’ fame, still a top jump jockey in France. The sky was blue but it was freezing and the ground rode soft. It felt odd going to the races without a horse and it challenged my french trying to explain to the officials on the gate that we had come with a horse trailer but no horse with us.
It came as a huge surprise to be able to wander around the stable area where the general public were allowed…. Children, pushchairs, dogs on leads, it was an English racecourse health and safety nightmare, over here you can’t get past the gates at racecourse stables without a weatherbys photo id pass, and that includes the Trainer.
It has been a quiet couple of days racing with just Can’t Believe It making his racecourse debut on Eider day while we were away. As anticipated he struggled in this very hot small field novice race, but he has made a start and will be out again in the next 3-4 weeks, somewhere like Wetherby or Sedgefield. No runners today but Bruce Almighty makes his hurdles debut tomorrow at Catterick, James Reveley on board.
Phill Andrews (photographer) has been getting some good images of our horses recently, we love this one of Transient Bay up the gallops at home.
And this is ‘Aniknam’ at the races, he is due to be entered this week.
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