Grass Galloping

Exit To Where found the combination of a steady early pace and the longer distance all a bit much for him at Sedgefield and was pulled up before the third last; while a stayer in the future he is possibly better over shorter for now.

At home, we have taken advantage of the wet weather to work on the grass, including over our one mile six gallop. We find it so useful to assess horses, particularly the younger ones and to have an idea of how to ride them in their races. Working on Tuesday were a group of four; newcomers Offtheshoulder, and Operation Overlord and returning from time off Haul Us In and Behindthelines. Both youngsters were slightly green on the grass for the first time but lowered and galloped well while the older two showed themselves to be in good form and should be ready to return to the track in December.

On Wednesday it was the tun of Deepsand who led the Danish ex flat four year old, Magnum who learnt plenty; Magnum has been trained mostly on the track in Scandinavia but is adapting to our gallops well. While green he stuck to his task and should be ready around Christmas time to run over hurdles. 

Calle Malve and Petite Rhapsody worked together, pictured above. Calle has benefitted from her time on the Arlary gallop and stretches out well now, while the half brother to Rathvinden, Petite Rhapsody galloped all the way to the top and looks to have inherited his family's staying credentials.

Later in the day we worked One For Arthur and Big River; they both relished the soft ground and both work riders were elated afterwards. 

Ideally, we would be able to give our horses racecourse gallops; in Ireland and the south there seem to be plenty of tracks willing to help trainers work horses after racing, but other than Carlisle, Ayr and Musselburgh at the end of their flat seasons, the tracks here have to preserve their racing ground. However, with careful attention to our grass gallops in the summer by Bradley and some precise marking out by Scu, we have a fabulous facility here at home to use. We have seen the benefit of it for the first few months of the autumn and should continue to do so over the next few weeks.


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