Its been a bit of a roller coaster few weeks here, and still a massive rain deficit!
It seems that it either pours or there is nothing, and we are still waiting on some proper winter ground.
Much chillier here this morning, and apparently we are going to have a colder weekend.
Lots going on at home, with a refurb for the arena and the old woodchip gallop also getting a facelift.
The horses all looking fantastic but results from the few we have run have been a bit in and out to say the least!
On paper it looks a bit gloomy but actually once you go into the runs there are plenty of reasons to explain some disappointing performances.
Cheers Delboy finished a good fifth on his debut over fences - only to pull up lame having picked up a significant injury during the race. Gutting for the team that own him, but we bought them a 'super sub' at Doncaster yesterday - Bob Maxwell who has been running on the flat and will hopefully give the group some fun whilst Del recovers.
A busy day at Warwick, Scorpion Sea ran a good race on her debut for the yard and the NHRE Club. Brilliant to see so many there to support her and enjoying their day at the races.
All Is Good ran well as did Bally Lagan and Under The Phone - both the latter possibly needing their first run of the season.
All fine after.
River Argentee ran a solid race at Southwell to be third, but then ran disappointingly at Catterick (it was a long way home for Brian & Ceris!)
Nomination Game is a bit of an enigma - straightforward enough at home, and going down at the races, but once the flag falls turned into a raging bull at Warwick! Pulled too hard and always going right - better next time at Market Rasen but has to learn to settle better.
The Lion Man not enjoying fences at Southwell & will go back over hurdles next time. Lara Trot missed the break rather and then always behind - fences for her next time. She does want further but options rather limited at present.
Three Bullet Gate was bought to replace the ill fated Get Involved, but arrived with chronic ulcers, and the Point of Attack partnership have had a long wait whilst we sorted out his problems. they were well rewarded for their patience when we finally got him to the track at Southwell in what looked a hot bumper. He ran on really well having been given a lovely patient ride by James Nixon, to finish a very pleasing third. One to keep an eye on!
Galactic Power ran well at Huntingdon, just finding the pace a bit hot and possibly just needing his first run of the season. Some Finish did not like Huntingdon at all!
Great to have Twycross Warrior & Anti Cool back on the track after very long layoffs. Both ran pleasingly for their first runs for two years.
All Is Good emptied very quickly yesterday at Southwell & is off for a wind op, La Fille Francaise ran well to be fourth & Galactic Power had a rare off day & also is better right-handed!
New gallops always take a bit of getting used to, so we have been taking runners up to Robert Waley-Cohens to have an away day before their runs, and also as its too firm to school on the grass have taken several to Warwick to use their watered schooling ground, which has been immensely helpful for many local trainers during this very dry spell.
We are running some tests just to be sure that nothing unseen is lurking, but think its unlikely at this stage!
The team in great form and winning lots of turn outs (except at Southwell where they are too mean to give any BTOs at all) Four runners and four BTOs at Warwick for Ceris & Lauren - that takes a bit of beating!!
They are all an absolute pleasure to work with.
We are actually a man down at present as poor Frankie stepped off one that whipped round the other day and twisted her knee badly. Always better to land on your bum apparently! MRI yesterday so just waiting to see what the damage is, (minimal we hope)
Myroundorurs & Dans Quest have both gone off to start new careers. We saw Myround at a team chase the other day looking fantastic & pleasing his new owners. Great reports re Dan too who has settled in to his new life too.
Timons Tara is safely in foal to Dartmouth, and out with Susiebell who is in foal to Olympic Lux. This years foals about to be weaned, so lots to look forward to with them.
The eventing season drawing to a close and our last International last week in sunny Devon. Its been a mostly good season for Harriet who has some lovely young horses coming through, with the inevitable downs along with the ups! Great to see some of the racehorses who have come to the end of their racing careers taking to another discipline. It does underline how important it is to start them correctly so that they have options once their racing career is over. Custer of the West who belongs to Liz Prowting, particularly pleasing last w/e finishing his season with a double clear.
No runners over the w/e, next entries at Bangor on Tuesday.