After a weekend of wind chill and snow blizzards, it finally looks as though we are seeing the last of the snow as it melts away today and tomorrow. Riding round Green Oaks is absolutely freezing with the biting Northerly wind, and its a testament to our warm stables, plenty of rugs, good brushing and Topspec feed that our horses coats look as good and forward as this after a long & challenging winter! Thee photos below were taken this morning of some of second lot back in the arena for a cool down..
WETHERBY IS ON TOMORROW – We were very keen for it to pass the 12 noon inspection as the seller looks an ideal opportunity for our pair, and there are not many over this 2m 5f trip. Little Bruce & Rock of Leon take on a short priced favourite here but neither of them can be discounted. Bruce has not been firing but we are hoping that the drop in class will enable him to enjoy this race.
Tiger Time is a lovely young horse who is the latest NH prospect for Owners Jayne & Keith Sivills – purchased at last years May Goffs UK sale, he is by the sire of Mite Bite, ‘Scorpion’. You won’t see many beter looking than him in the paddock for the bumper tomorrow.
There is also Newcastle tomorrow on the AW – and we have the highly rated
‘Stargazer’ making his stable debut for us, a 2017 Tatts October sales purchase and a horse who has some top class handicap form in 2016 before a year off. This is a step up in trip for his first run, and although doing his best under PJ Mcdonald, he is likely to benefit from his first outing for 563 days.
Making his racecourse debut will be recent aquisition ‘New Britain’ who runs for a new Partnership. He will need the experience as is still green, and will be seen to better effect in handicaps once he has gained a mark. Making up our flat trio is the Black Beauty, Sincerely Resdev, who has matured into a good looking 3 year old and should have a decent season for his Owners in 2017.
Saturday was ‘the calm before the snowstorm’, and I took these photos of everyone wrapped up trying to keep warm! Hexham winner Kilcullen Flem was none the worse for his brave win in the mud – he is seen here with future flat jockey, Nick Barratt Atkin. Also fine is Macardle who ran an encouraging race on his stable debut for us at Musselburgh in the bumper – 3rd place and showing plenty of natural speed & ability before just tiring over the last two furlongs. We look forward to schooling him up over hurdles.
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