Apologies for there not being a blog update over the last couple of months but there has not been enough hours in the day.
Happily we have all continued to remain virus free so it was disappointing to hear that we have been put into Tier 3 from the 2nd December although with a number of racecourses going to be allowed to have spectators hopefully more of our owners will be able to watch their horse in real life rather than via the television. I know so many are desperate to get back for their racing fix.
Unfortunately it is unlikely that we will be restarting our monthly Open Mornings until the Spring. We are missing seeing everyone, and our Air Ambulance box is feeling very light, but we will start up again as soon it is safe & practical to do so.
We have had some changes to our staff since the last blog so a big welcome to Kathryn and Regan, and also our ‘Saturday boy’ Olly who is now here full time.
Congratulations to Jack Quinlan, our stable jockey, who rode his 200th winner at Fakenham recently. Hope you ride many more Jack.
Summarised below, in no particular order, is what the horses have been doing at the races.
Cheer’s Delboy returned to the course at Southwell after an absence of over 800 days following a serious tendon injury. Praise must be given to his syndicate owners who have supported him over this long period out of action. He passed the vet at the racecourse with flying colours, which is a requirement now after a long period off the course and enjoyed his day running well until getting tired coming into the straight. Most importantly he came back sound and was fine the next day therefore hopefully his owners can look forward to an exciting future.
Mr Palmtree ran a pleasing race first time out this season at Uttoxeter over hurdles. Reverting to fences he then went on to win his next two races at Huntingdon and Hereford very well, resulting in the handicapper putting him up a total of 19lb! He then ran another good race off top weight at Ludlow finishing 4th. It is hoped he will be back in the winner’s enclosure again in the near future.
Black Kalarosa ran well for a long time in her first run of the season at Warwick cheered on by some of her owners from the car park by the side of the course. She had her next run in the heavy ground at Leicester where she was hampered by the horse which ran out, got tired in the ground so pulled up by Tabitha.
Oneida Tribe has had an operation to remove a tumour in a sinus since his last run nearly a year ago so it was pleasing to see him back on the course, at Exeter, running for the Racing Club. He travelled and jumped really well, but as we thought, he just needed the run and went for his girths after two out. The run will have brought him on.
Phoebus Lescribaa has had a few nice runs over the last couple of months which included a good 3rd at Stratford, and has gone home for a mid season break.
Dontminddboys had his first run after 250 days at Ludlow and tired from 3 out. He will come on for the run.
Anti Cool stayed on very well to finish 2nd at Warwick finishing well clear of the 3rd and probably would have won if the race had been over an extra 100 yards, and also if he had not had to negotiate a jockey between his hind legs!. He had a disappointing run at Ludlow last time when he was pulled up. He then went to Leicester where the ground went against him following the continuous rain. He is another for a mid season break until it dries up a bit.
Fitz Well ran his first race on a course at Hereford. He showed a lot of promise in finishing 4th staying on well. A nice horse to look forward to.
Some Finish ran in the race at Hereford which was won by Mr Palmtree. He ran well for 2/3rds of the race before making a mistake 5 fences from home resulting in him being pulled up. Ran next at Leicester and was in with a good chance 3 out but did not finish his race off. Lorcan reported that he heard a noise and let him come home in his own time. He has had a breathing operation following the run.
Williamtheconqueror is a home bred out of Dancing Daffodil. Taking him to the races for his first run at Stratford was nerve racking as we have had him since the day he was born. He ran in a bumper and finished mid field. He then had his first experience of running over hurdles at Leicester. The ground went heavy on the day and as he is still a youngster he struggled in the tiring ground. Better days will hopefully come for him in the future.
The little legend that is Galactic Power, ran a blinder to finish second at Ludlow this week, after over 200 days off. Coming with his usual late run he could have done with another half a furlong and was only beaten 1 ½ lengths.
Tara Well ran at Chepstow but unfortunately burst a blood vessel. We have decided to retire her to have children, and she is off to Ireland to join Lillian & Mary Barry’s herd of brood mares. Tara has given us a lot of fun and we are happy that we know where she is going to be in retirement.
Bally Lagan, Bob Maxwell, The Lion Man and All is Good have all been retired from racing. All four have found amazing new homes.
Bally Lagan was a good servant to the yard winning 4 times and being placed 11 more times in chases. Age has caught up with him and he has a new home in Wales.
Bob Maxwell did not quite have the opportunity to show his true ability during his period with us and has a new home in Somerset.
The Lion Man was the worst named horse in racing, and although he did win, and was placed on several occasions, he did not really have the heart for racing, and has a lovely new home with a young girl not too far away from here.
All is Good won once and was placed on 7 more occasions. He has developed a foot condition which means he needs an easier life, and he also has a new home in Somerset.
Thanks to Retraining of Racehorses for helping to find these horses new homes after their racing careers have ended and we wish them all well, and look forward to watching their progress away from racing.