The glorious weather continues but for those horses that we have ready to race it is of no advantage. The ground at Perth, while well watered did not suit our good ground horses and with both Alizee De Janeiro and Hey Listen pulling up after they lost their action we did not run Mint Gold. I cannot see us having many more runners until the ground eases.
We have plenty to occupy ourselves, however, seventy horses are on exercise, split across full training, pre training and breaking in. Tomorrow we bring back in a final half dozen to start their trotting and water treadmilling.
In work last week were Ask The Tycoon, Blaydon, Mighty Thunder, Chasseur De Tete, Dr Hooves, Emissaire, Jump For Dough, Mumgos Debut, Present Flight, Rivabodiva, The Road Home, Rising Marienbard. The previous week started Ain't My Fault, Behindthelines, Kelpies Myth, Le Frank, Buddha Scheme, Moorstown, Orioninverness, Saint Freule, Shanroe Street, Flutter Down, Kilbree Chief, Crumbs, Slainte Mhor and Final Assault. Buddha Scheme is pictured taking a lunchtime nap.
The wonderful Imjoeking has been retired; a strong chaser he was one of the best jumpers that we trained and his efforts round the Aintree fences were phenomenal. A horse with plenty of class and speed he only just stayed two and a half miles and was at his best front running over two miles and big fences. With his endless enthusiasm, he was hard on himself physically and was kept together by the team here and Eugenio our vet. Blair rode him every day that he was able and he most of all is sad to see him return to his owner, Kenny Alexander's stud farm. Joe will have a super retirement there and we will not forget his strong character and high class ability.
In his place have come two fillies to run for Kenny. Miss Batten won her Irish point to point with ease and has plenty of class, while the unraced three year old Dance Avenue has lots of scope; she is nearly seventeen hands high, and being by Champs Elysees and out of a black type dam and a full sister to two black type performers she could be a decent prospect. See her pedigree HERE
The French two year olds have settled in and Derek will start breaking them in tomorrow. His team of breakers are making great progress and are all cantering round the sand gallops. There are twelve so far in the Class of 2018: Billy and Dylan both by Dylan Thomas, Bruce by Price Flori, Earl by Milan, Toasty by Brian Boru, BollyandKrug by Getaway, Molly and Scarlett both by Shirocco, Hinny by Presenting, Spark Of Madness by Walk in The Park, Fontcombeau by Kapgarde and Diamond State by Vision D'Etat.
Derek has been working flat out with the breakers and it was super to see him have a winner in Ireland on Friday; very well deserved.