Wednesday 16th September
Apologies for the lack of news service..we’re up and running again now and some photos to bring you taken the last couple of days.
On Tueaday we weaned the foals without any fuss, and they are now back out in the field together with ‘nanny’ Royalty for company. Sadly Royalty lost her foal earlier this year but is now carefully looking after Twix, Robin, Coco and Rebel.
They haven’t been too stressed about the weaning, in fact they area all very relaxed and loving their bucket feeds. Coco joined them in the field this afternoon, he has been in for a while but was pleased to be back with his friends. he is a half brother to Episode and a full brother to Avidity.
Its a busy week for the yard with runners at 2 different meetings tomorrow – our own Call it On at Pontefract in the 2nd division of the 2m 2f stayers race, and the classy hurdler ‘Rumble of Thunder’ up at Ayr with Joe Fanning in the saddle. Both have good chances, although Rumble’s race looks very comeptitive with an O Meara hotpot in it that cruised home last time, she will be hard to beat and is priced accordingly. Phil has put blinkers on Rumble tomorrow and he ran well at Southwell last time for 3rd in a decent hurdle race. he is 9 years old now, as is Call it On who has been a star this season and won his last two for us. If he can win this tomorrow he will probably head to the 2m 2f race at York with Goldan Jess around 10th October. We would have preferred the ground to be softer though for Colin, it looks like it will dry up to good by tomorrow even though we had an absolute deluge at Castleton yesterday and the river burst its banks into our fields!
Bold Henmie ran another cracking good race at Wolverhampton on Monday – he just failed to hold on in the closing stages, his form since Phil bought him is 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 2nd – what a genuine horse he is. He may have his first start over hurdles for us on Friday, Phil will make a decision tomorrow morning. I led him up at Wolverhampton on Monday and he was the nicest most polite horse to lead up…I would go with him to the races anyday. We have his yearling half sister at castleton FOR SALE and she is a lovely looking well grown filly with his sensible nature and outlook, we strongly recommend her, and she can be bought in shares, please see http://www.castletonbloodstock.co.uk
King’s Grey is also at our home yard at the moment, he is having a few more weeks off after a summer in training – his partnership is now full and we are looking forward to aiming him at the Aintree Foxhunters.
Phil is pleased with the beautifully bred Monsun gelding ‘KEEP UP’ that he bought from DBS, 50% of this gelding has sold, we are happy to sell the remaining half in quarters (£2500 + vat) or 50% £5000 + vat
He is an athletic individual that jumps really well and will be going juvenile hurdling after a spin on the flat. He looks incredibly like our other Monsun horse, ANDORN who I am sorry to have to report that we have finally lost to a long battle to illness. It has been a very difficult summer with Andy, and we would like to thank OAKLANDS VETS for doing all they can to help him, sadly it was not to be, and we have had to say goodbye. He was a fantastic horse for ourselves and Owners, Mick and Pete Helm of Preesall Garage. He won 7 flat races for us, and was the total gentleman in every way, despite being an entire. He even won over hurdles at Sedgefield when we didn’t quite expect it!! Andy had been at stud in Scotland but came back to us to try to sort a health problem that sadly could not be rectified despite every effort. We will never forget our lovely stallion, and he leaves just one thoroughbred foal, a filly, up in Scotland, out of the dam of winning flat horse Norfolk Sky. Perhaps one day she will follow in his footsteps.
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