Ayr on Saturday
Aniknam is on his way to Ayr for the third race, the novice handicap hurdle over 2m 4f, and he has the services of James Reveley in the plate. This is a lovely horse owned by Boretch and we are hopeful of a good run this afternoon on ground which should really suit. It seems to be a betting market that cannot split him and the second top weight of Nicky Richards, both nice young unexposed horses. Phil has been freshening him up this week with some rides around our moors in an afternoon plus a trip to the beach at Redcar on Wednesday which he really enjoyed. He is not a big horse and he does shoulder top weight this afternoon is soft ground, so its not going to be easy but this french bred son of the winning hurdler, Nickname, needs it like this to be at his best. We had a couple of very disappointing results at Carlisle during the week so all eyes will be on Aniknam to turn the tide.
Other news…and pretty significant news at that. Sadly we will not now be moving back from Middleham to Groundhills Farm this Spring, we had hoped to move much closer to our home yard at Castleton and this had been the perfect solution. However, we will be remaining at Sharp Hill until 2016, a wonderful place in its own right with excellent facilities. With Sharp Hill only on a limited lease, we do wish to find ourselves a permanent base for the long term and we can take our time to find the right spot that suits the whole team – owners, horses, staff and significantly, our family life.
Oscar O’scar is fine after his good second at Southwell earlier in the week, he has also been having some light hacking at Castleton before resuming full work at Middleham on Monday.
On the broodmare front, Helen Wood was taken to Shade Oak Stud yesterday evening by Phil and Keith Foster – not an easy task after a busy day at work….Castleton to Middleham first thing for work, and then back to Castleton with the horsebox to pick up Helen, and then on to Shropshire and back home to Castleton by 11pm. Phil was up at 5.30am and back at the yard at Middleham again for 7 am this morning, think he is going to enjoy his Sunday off tomorrow! Helen is due in 9 days so her departure was necessary, and we are looking forward to a safe arrival of a Sulamani foal – can we really be lucky enough to get another colt?? She is being leased for this coming year by Keith, and he has chosen Black Sam Bellamy, Galileo’s full brother, to put her in foal to this time. Next year we would love to take her to Presenting who Lady Chapp is likely to be going in foal to this year.
The Shades of Grey Partnership flat filly for 2016, ‘Enlighten Me‘ is growing up into a lovely looking yearling, full of quality and size and scope to match, we are very pleased with her. She no longer looks like a foal at all. A bit woolly maybe, but you can see the makings of a racehorse here…. Shares are available, please see our Partnerships page for full details.
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