We had a quiet day at Carlisle, although we were pleased with Saint Freule who was much more settled and tractable in his novice hurdle. Running at a distance short of his ideal he was less headstrong than before and although outpaced he stayed on when passed and galloped all the way to the line. He is not one to write off and should be able to build on this run. Ryalex was unfortunate to make a mistake at the open ditch as the race began in earnest and although he got his place in front back he could not match the others turn of foot. He will likely run over further next time. Hurdles beckon for Charlies Lass who was too keen when tried mid division and paid the price in the final few furlongs.
While we have been quiet racing we have been working hard behind the scenes; many of the horses are having their last bits of strong work before getting primed for runs next weekend and we have been schooling some of the younger horses as well as the older ones. All of the three year olds are in full cantering work and we have the two year olds trotting again.
Scu and I were in Ireland last weekend with Debs Thomson looking at sires for Debs' mare. We were looked after royally by Cathal at Coolmore and saw the wonderful Milan as well as their other National Hunt sires; particularly taking the eye were Getaway, Walk In The Park, Dylan Thomas and Kingston Hill.
We also went to the Loughrea Point to Point in Galway, pictured, and saw two competitive four year old maiden races: the winners and placed horses are due to go through the ring at Goffs next week.
Goffs have an interesting sale on Thursday, mainly flat horses but including a couple who could make summer hurdlers, and the point to pointers. We will be going down if anyone would like to join us, and click HERE for the catalogue (Lots 161 onwards)