Tuesday 16th October
As with best laid plans, they have a habit of not quite working, and Stargazer showed up well for a long way in The big one on Saturday but a combination of pretty quick ground/and extra trip ( and possibly lack of summer match practice at this level due to injury) meant his chance had gone by the 3 pole. Judged on his previous efforts Phil is likely to step him back to around 1m 6f when he can, but he won’t rule out 2 miles in the future as he stayed well enough in The Chester Cup. He took all the preliminaries really well and looked a picture in the paddock with Julie. He is a classy horse who will have his big day sometime.
A quiet day here Tuesday but plenty of action to come with decs for Newcastle & Wetherby tomorrow, entries at Uttoxeter Thursday, Redcar Friday and Market Rasen & Catterick Saturday.
The weather is constantly changing – warm and windy one minute, cold and distinctly wintry feeling the next – it’s a tricky time with rugs on and rugs off so the horses don’t sweat up during the day or get a chill at night. It’s also clipping time and we have several sets of clippers all charged up/ serviced and blades sharpened ready for action! Stargazer was one of the first to be clipped and he looked the better for it in the paddock on Saturday – a lot of them had got warm & sweaty.
The row of ten new stables are coming on well and the roof went on yesterday. Tomorrow sees Mayo Mats coming to fit full EVA cushioned rubber floors in them and our other 7 outdoor boxes, it won’t be long before they are filled with ten heads looking out.
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