Scu and I were back on the yard this morning after a swift sleeper train from London and it was great to see the horses looking so well despite the chilly temperatures. At Kilduff the pre race horses had a zim up and down the gallops while those at Arlary had three canters.
Back in work after a quiet week to settle in is the three year old Milan out of Foundling Daughter who is a half sister to Ad Hoc. He was bought at the store sales in Ireland and was in training for an Irish four year old point to point in the spring. However, we, and Sean Doyle who trained him think a lot of him and feel that it would be better to go the bumper route. He is an outstanding youngster; at 16.3 hands he was one of the top lots in the sales for good reason. He has an easygoing nature and huge stride and all who have ridden him are impressed by his engine. He is for sale and is highly recommended. He is pictured when in Ireland; I will get a more up to date photo in the next few days.
The lorries with our Saturday runners left this afternoon, with Jaimie and Steve taking Imjoeking to Aintree where he returns to the Grand National fences in the Grand Sefton chase. He will be fine on the ground, and he loved jumping the fences in April so we are hoping for a big run. Although he has been campaigned mostly at two miles in the past few years, he has won over two and a half and I think that if he can stay the trip then he could be tremendous each way value.
Meanwhile, Mark and Gemma have gone to Wetherby with Haul Us In, back over hurdles on a confidence boosting mission. The softer the better for her, and if she can be in the first half dozen and running on it will be mission completed.
In the juvenile fillies race we have the classy newcomer Chouquette. By Fame and Glory she is a half sister to the highly regarded Hell's Kitchen, and she joined us two months ago since when she has coped with all that she has been asked to do.