Tuesday 5th September
The rain has arrived!! Its lashing down at Green Oaks this morning but this means we will be able to start schooling the novices properly on grass soon, so we don’t mind too much – we are keen to get Mangata, Wemyss point, Northern Girl and Bertie Blake over the baby hurdles and the bigger hurdles once the ground softens a bit. Below is a short video of Wemyss point last week tackling poles and then the mini hurdles…
We have a quiet week until Thursday when its all go – last weeks winner ‘Nemean Lion’ is entered up with a penalty at Sedgefield and with just a bit longer drive…Mr Carbonator holds an entry at Chelmsford! Friday sees Shine Baby Shine at Newcastle along with Kaylen’s Mischief and Good time Ahead – the lovely 2 year old filly ‘Rayna’s World’ is in a plus 10 novice fillies at Haydock. Theres plenty on Saturday too, and lets hope we can keep the ball rolling and get another 1 or 2 on the board this week.
We have had some large lots heading down to the gallops this past week with jockeys in to ride out and two new members of staff, Kate and Henry.
The new woodchip is looking good and all Simon, Phil and the lads work will be paying off this winter as we have an excellent surface to work on.
Phil, Simon and keith have also been laying the carpet ride walkway all the way round the farm down to the oval gallop this week – brother David made a great start while he was here and the carpet ride is now halfway down from the top of the farm to the gallop. It will be completed before winter sets in and is going to be a great hack down for the horses on a springy, safe surface. With the addition of the new lunge pen, we just couldn’t imagine being anywhere else – this is our dream place to train racehorses, and with so much turnout, light airy barns and views down the valley – the horses love it as much as we do.
Pictured below is Kate on our homebred 3 year old ‘Show Promise’ by Josr Algarhoud who sired numerous good flat and jumps winners including our 8x winner, Agglestone Rock. Show Promise is out of Show Potential, a half sister to former top staying handicap 150 rated chaser, Well Refreshed – and she has bred one foal so far – bumper and hurdle winner, Improved. He is for sale to stay in the yard only and we feel he is a genuine good bumper prospect for next year and can go on and make a jumper with his stout dam line. The grandam ‘Cool Spring’ was a blacktype listed hurdle winner. He has been broken in and cantered away lightly to learn his trade, and he can remain in training for an early 4 year old campaign or be put away until next year. Joss is a very good stamp of 3 year old with good bone and an easy mover. He has a genuine, forward thinking attuitude up the gallops. Video to follow. He can be seen on our for sale page. We think at £8000 + VAT he is excellent value to stay in the yard and you would have not bought him for this money at the store sales in June and we have now done the breaking in and light work up the gallop.
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