Wednesday, 24 February 2021 20:34

February 24th

At last, it is starting to look like the rain and snow is behind us with dry weather forecast for the next few days, along with a very strong wind today will at last start to dry things up a bit!

The fields where we have had the brood mares out,  are starting to look as if they have had a bit of a battering now, but looking at the lawns things are starting to grow at last. Daffs are coming up, but as you can imagine are quite a bit behind those in the village that are starting to come out!

Due to the state of the ground everywhere we have had very few runners. 

Williamdeconqueror (Lorcan) and Speedy Choice (Ben Poste) ran at Warwick. Both needing a run towards their handicap mark. Both of them ran well, William staying on well to be 7th only beaten 20 lengths & SC just behind him in 8th, after being very lucky not to be brought down three out.

William got a mark of 101 yesterday so we will be able to be a bit more selective about where we go with him in the future. SC needs another run and heads back to Warwick on Friday with Jack back on board.

We have a few shares available in William, and with all of the ground work now done, he should be immediate fun. He will continue over hurdles for now but chasing will ultimately be his job. His mum was a real trier & won 5 races for us, and he has the same desire to please and also jumps extremely well. Do give us a call if you would like to discuss.

Some excellent racing last weekend, that was also tinged with sadness, with the loss of some lovely horses - condolences to all of the stables who went home with an empty lorry, it really is the worst time for everyone, especially the lads & girls who care for them every day, and its particularly hard to lose the old warriors that have given us all so much pleasure over the years.

On a brighter note we are pleased to welcome Bethanie Sparrowhawk to the team.

Also a big welcome back to Ian Brain & Mid Tech services who had a share of Thomas Crapper for all of his career, and are now back involved.

It looks as if the point to point season will be back by the end of March, which will be a relief for many – not least Harriet who has a few to run that have been ticking over waiting to see a way forward.

There does, at long last, appear to be some light at the end of a very long tunnel, and hopefully everything will start to open up, as long as the schools don’t kick it all off again!!

Robin & I have both been jabbed now – no reactions to speak of – they do seem to be flying through them in rural Warwickshire and hopefully the reports of their affect are accurate!

We hope you are all staying safe & well & that it won’t be long before we can get back to seeing you all at Open days, and also at the races. Cheltenham  will be a very strange affair this year, but not far off now & I’m sure will be as always 4 great days racing.

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