Thorpe pushed his troubles behind and won nicely at Perth yesterday. Having run a better race last time he enjoyed the drop back in trip and looks back to his old self. A colic operation and various soundness issues have challenged him but he is in top form now and should be able to continue in the same mode for his summer owners Michael and Lady Jane Kalplan.
The grey Argentix showed lots…
Urban Kode, pictured, ran his usual game race yesterday to be third in a fairly hot handicap hurdle; it is great to have him back to form after a few below par runs. This was Alex's last ride for us as he is heading South to work for Paul Nicholls and we wish him well. He has been a great asset on the yard and I am sure that his focus and determination will stand him in good stead. In the same race…
The French scouting team of Scu, Jamie, Eugenio and myself has returned after covering many miles and having seen over two hundred horses trot up. We were looking for a two year old with good action and a sound pedigree to break in and have in training next season.
On Monday we were at David Lumet's show where private deals could be done, and though we bid on two horses we were unsuccessful.…
More work on the yard with fifty horses in training or pre-training and still some repairs, painting and upgrading of the facilities going on.
The pre-trainers do plenty of trotting including some work in the school. Pictured is the five year old bumper winning mare Simone who will go hurdling in the autumn. She will have plenty of practice jumping before her hurdles debut but judging by…
We have bought a most athletic correct three year old at the Derby Sales. By the staying sire Goldwell he is out of a flat bred mare whose offspring have shown winning ability and resilience with his half brother winning sixteen races.
This gelding has a super stride and while he has still to mature he has a bounce about him which showed when trotted up. There is a video of him trotting…
Remember the lull? It has all changed now. Back in pre-training today are fifteen more horses, including our recent purchases, and some young horses who should be ready for a good season.
In work this morning were Prince Dundee and Kelpies Myth both of whom are for sale. Dundee is going to be sold in shares; he looks super after time off but is still growing and will be an awesome type when…
Miss Joeking loved the step up in trip to three miles, and having traveled sweetly she stayed on to win by a neck under a hands and heels ride by Derek. It was wonderful to win for Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan who have a handy string of handicappers for the summer. Miss Joeking will continue on the good ground and her slick jumping should stand her in good stead for the rest of the summer.
So, the first batch of pre trainers are in work and have completed four days of walking and trotting. It is great to be back in the old routine, and while we still have many members of staff on holidays we have four or five lots going out each day.
Derek is pressing on with his three three year olds who are being broken in. He is pictured with Nicola and Colin's Malinas, 'Neena' who, like…
We are very pleased to have secured another Irish point to point winner for next season in the five year old The Road Home, pictured. By Oscar he ran a super race at Bartlemy when we were there, to fall at the last when in second. He then won decisively at Kinsale at the start of June and looks a good type to go for bumpers in the autumn, in the colours of two of our existing owners. The Road Home…
Both Ballycool and Sky Khan had a jolly around the farm this morning although they had to miss out the main fields which are now growing a heavy crop of grass ready to be mowed for haylage later this month.
Ballycool, pictured, is in good form and has come on for his run last month. I am not sure that this is his ideal track with its stiff finish, but the trip will suit and it is good to…