With the horses in training sales coming up Scu and I were in Ireland last weekend to watch a couple of point to points and to assess the form of them. We find it invaluable to see the quality of the horses in the parade ring before the race and to gauge how competitive the race is going to be. Undoubtedly with the prices of race winners getting higher it is paying to look at the placed horses as well, and we put a value of our own on each runner.
On Saturday we were near Cork at Ballindeenisk, then after watching some of the Kinsale 7s rugby, we headed north to Galway and Loughrea. In total we saw three divisions of four year olds and two of five year olds and have brought home lots of notes from the days. Sunday night was spent at the Dunraven Arms, possibly one of the best sporting hotels, where we are always looked after so well. Pictured is the five year old maiden at Ballindeenisk; some of the horses pictured will be at the Goffs Sales in a fortnight.
Back to the yards yesterday, and we were delighted to see not only the grass growing well but the horses looking amazing thanks to the hard work of the team here. With holidays being taken there is still plenty to do and forty horses in full training.
Tomorrow we have three declared at Kelso; the ground is being watered to keep it safe and we will check it as we have a couple who would not like it to be too quick.
Templenaboe has had his share of problems and while he showed plenty in his heavy ground point win he has been an anxious type at home. He has had plenty of schooling and we think that he will run better than he has shown in his past few hurdle runs.
Cherif D'Isle is a strapping chasing type who has won over hurdles. He may be suited by softer going but has plenty of scope for his first novice chase.
Elmono was a delight when third over two miles a fortnight ago. He looks as if this longer trip may suit and we loved his accurate hurdling last time.