Gradually we are heading towards having a full yard again and while the painting and yard repairs continue so the number of horses in work steadily rises. Back in training this week are a couple of lovely four year olds; Flutter Down and Slainte Mhor, and two older horses who were injured last year; Final Assault and Kilbree Chief. Derek's breaking in is going well and the youngsters are trotting and cantering around the school and sand gallops. In pre training is the Brockbank's strong five year old filly by Great Palm; she has been well started by Cameron and will now join the string.
Our vet Eugenio has been busy in the past few weeks doing dental examinations and rasping on all of the horses. Attending to batches of a dozen Eugenio is taking his time to check each horse's mouth and to rasp any sharp edges or hooks and to check for any misaligned or wolf teeth. We have had good results from his efforts so far and it has been interesting to find how a few of the horses have been stoically coping with dental issues.
Mark and Steve headed off to Uttoxeter this afternoon where Blue Baton, pictured, takes on a field of mares in her first handicap. She has some solid bumper form and looked to stay on well at Hexham over two miles so this step up to two and a half miles seems logical. Related to the Cheltenham bumper winner Dunguib it is still early days for her but she shows nice ability at home.