It has been a full-on week at the yards with a mix of stamina work for some who have just joined the string, routine work for those who run in a few weeks, and some schooling and sprinting for those due to race next week.
We had just a handful of runners last week, but had to withdraw a few due to the heat and to the going. Of those who ran, Shanroe Street ran a fine race to be third at Hexham over a trip short of optimum, and Balranald showed improvement when fourth in a two mile handicap hurdle at Kelso.
Scu, Paul and I were at the sales at Goffs UK Doncaster where we had an intense day viewing a shortlist of twenty five. Narrowed down to nine lots we were sad to drop out of a couple due to poor vettings. We bid on four, but were not successful which is a pity at the time, but there are more sales coming up and we prefer to be strict on the values that we put on the horses.
We have a few more back in training at home; the bumper winner Max Appeal has returned looking to have done well for his break, as has the winning chase mare Haul Us In. A nice Milan three year old filly has been broken in for Discovery Bloodstock and she is soon to join It's A Midnight and Domandlouis trotting and cantering round the farm at Kilduff.
We have a load of horses entered at Perth as we continue to support their safe ground with our runners; this is the start of the autumn jumps and it is exciting to have horses ready to race. The staff at home have found a good, efficient routine and our days are full of hopes and dreams. Roll on the autumn!