A busy couple of weeks and the horses at last starting to find some form.
A slight out break of seconditis, but after a bout of nowhereitis its been welcome!
Three Bullet Gate ran very well at Fakenham to be second in only his second hurdle race, he looks to be a very exciting prospect indeed. Anti Cool had his second run back after two years off and ran very well for a long way - possibly just running out of puff going to the last, but also not suited by the track, and a soft palate op also on the cards for him.
Fakenham is a bloody long way to go, and mostly a good experience, but very disappointing for the staff. A tiny breakfast for £5?? Come on Fakenham that's just not good enough. Also not good has been no follow up from a friendly query about it on the day! Not good customer relations!
The lovely little Galactic Power who has given us so much fun, appreciated the softer ground at Exeter, and also finished second, putting a couple of disappointing runs behind him.
A revitalised Thomas Crapper followed up his win with a super second at Sandown, with Tabitha Worsley in the saddle. Crappy had a ball and jumped for fun only getting collared at the last. Great to see Tabitha riding so well after breaking her back only 12 months ago.
Vocaliser ran very well in very deep ground at Haydock and would have made the first four at least but for a blunder two out which stopped him in his tracks.
Nomination Game is starting to put his problems behind him, and had his first run over fences at Ludlow. Very keen early, but not manic, he jumped very well under Jamie Moore, and finished a pleasing fifth. A massive improvement on what he has been achieving and more to look forward to with him.
A less good day at Fontwell yesterday.
A few away days galloping and plenty else going on in the lead up to Christmas. Great to see Charlie win the ATR Ride of the Month for his efforts on Thomas Crapper at Southwell.
The gallop refurb finished for now, the circle at the end all mended and the school also finished its face lift, which is a great relief.
All of the changes have been tough to cope with, and although its great to have everyone in the same place, in the yard, new gallops etc do take time to get used to and getting the finishing touches in place does seem to have taken forever! Still fencing to do, and some groundwork in progress, but we're getting there!
We weaned the two foals a couple of weeks ago, and they didn't seem to be bothered at all! The mares back out but the babies are loving being in at night and benefit from plenty of handling. They soon get used to the routine and love a fuss!
An exciting day for Harriet this weekend as she sends out her first runner! She has a pointer to train for Mrs Liz Prouting - the first one she has done herself, so nervous times for her! Tabitha takes the ride. A bit different to the eventers who are mostly on holiday at the moment.
Christmas looms and as usual not much done towards it yet in the Dickin house! Must get to it before the New Year!!