Sky Khan was travelling nicely in the Crystal Cup at Cartmel but following a stumble, he seemed to go short in front and was subsequently pulled up. It was disappointing for everyone as he had been in great form at home, but hopefully, it is nothing too serious.
Meanwhile, at home, the miles are being covered by the pre trainers and the breakers. The pre trainers are finishing their trotting work and, while they will continue to trot round the fields as a warm-up, their work next week will include plenty of stamina cantering.
The Class of 2018 breakers are progressing well. The second batch of three year olds, Otello Moor (by Milan), Toastie (Brian Boru), Billy (Dylan Thomas) and Bollingerandkrug (Getaway) are trotting and cantering in the school followed by cantering in the sand for a mile and a half. Pictured are Otello Moor, Toastie, Billy and Bollingerandkrug cantering on the sand. See the video on the home page of them trotting this morning.
The third batch of the two year olds are just about trotting round the school, this group of four are Diamond State, Spark Of Madness, Fontcombeau and Dylan who is by Dylan Thomas.
The school at Arlary is in constant use with the breakers and with the pre trainers jumping in it. In March we added a carpet gallop surface on top of the silica sand, in an effort to keep the surface consistent. The silica sand would either be firm in the wet weather, frozen in frost and then very deep in the dry weather. We have been delighted with the carpet gallop fibre. Made from recycled car matting it was extremely reasonable, easy to put down and more importantly it has given us an even, dust free surface that is standing up well to the hammer that we have given it.
Our next step is to add the carpet gallop fibre to one of the sand canter circles where I think it will give us another useful all weather surface to work on. More information from the website www.carpetgallop.co.uk