A mixed couple of days with a poor run from Dr Hooves at Hexham last Saturday where he slowed quickly before the hill, and will be fully checked over as this is not his running. We also came home empty handed from Ireland, but it was good to see the point to points and we have a few horses to follow into the autumn.
On the upside the horses at home are thriving; those in training are loving the new challenges of the carpet gallop and schooling on it is an excellent exercise for them. Pictured in Make It Happen and Patrick looking very confident. Patrick is about to be added to our jockey roster; this summer he is attending the British Racing School to apply for his conditional license.
Our Goffs Spring sale three year old, now named Thunder In Milan is broken in and cantering on the carpet. He has been a joy to deal with and has accepted all that we have asked him. Our other purchases have had their teeth rasped, been assessed, conditioned to the water treadmill and are in work and getting ready for the late summer.
The staff are being fabulous and the majority of the stables are power washed, disinfected and painted inside and out and are ready for the horses to come back in. We have already got a couple in from the fields and started again, and they are understandably fresh and bouncy.
We have a couple of other projects underway both at Kilduff and Arlary including an update of the fleet of lorries. Jaime and Steve are away to Uttoxeter in one of the new two stalls and report it to be very easy to drive and that Miss Batten has travelled extremely well in it.
Tomorrow Miss Batten has her chase debut; her form so far is nothing special, but she was always going to be a better chaser. She has had plenty of schooling and we are hoping that the forecasted rain arrives.