Off the cold list…

Off the cold list…

We went to Cheltenham on Friday and had a very good lunch with my owners and then we went into the new Owners and Trainers bar in the new stand, which I have to say is one of the best Owners and Trainers I have ever seen. All credit must go to Cheltenham as they have done a truly brilliant job.

We ran Quebec there; he travelled very well and if the handicapper gives him a chance, he should be very competitive somewhere soon.

We had lots of people here on Saturday to watch the horses work and it was very exciting as we gave Ephraim his first bit of work – he went very nicely. Maid of Milan went nicely and Cody Wyoming is in good form after his run, so much so that he will run at Stratford on Wednesday.

On Sunday we went to the opening of John Hills Way, which was very well attended and it should be a massive benefit for us as it keeps all the horses coming back from the gallops off Maddle road. We then had drinks at Oaksey House which was fun and ended up having lunch in The Malt.

A new member of staff, Mark Tierney, started on Monday and seems to be getting on well. I had my first lot of physio at Oaksey House following my injuries, which was interesting. I was then driven down to London by Iffy as I had been invited to the Royal Opera House to see the Royal Ballet and in particular, a dancer called “Carlos Acosta” who is from Cuba and this is his last tour. I found it fascinating but I think I might stick to horse racing.

On Tuesday, Harry Bannister drove me to the races, where we ran Murray Mount and despite dropping his reins at the last, he managed to win by a head, which gets us off the cold list, thank goodness!!

This morning, we worked some horses up the gallops and the back of the hill – Seventh Sky, My Anchor, Dragon City and a new young horse of Nick Bannisters’, called Tango Unchained.

Cody Wyoming is declared to run at Stratford tomorrow – there are a lot of runners and it looks quite competitive, but there aren’t many races for him.

Cheltenham!

Cheltenham!

My sister Caroline came to stay on Tuesday and she seemed in
very good form. She saw the horses that she has shares in and watched them on
the gallops.
We had a busy day on Wednesday, with six red letter days in the morning. I sent Iffy down to London to buy me a new jeep for the gallops. He came back
about 10 hours later with a good looking 4×4, which hopefully, should be ideal!
Unfortunately for us, Iffy is leaving at the weekend, having
been with me for 12 years, as he has bought a house in Swindon and it is not
practical for him to drive in and out every day. We will be sorry to see him
go, and obviously we wish him well.
We had the most delicious fish in the Malt Shovel on
Wednesday night, with scallops to start with and two very fresh Dover soles to
follow. The chef, June, is doing a very good job!
We schooled horses this morning and To Begin was very good
over fences. We schooled Ephraim over hurdles for the first time and he took to
it really well. He is a very exciting horse and hopefully he will be running in
the middle of November. Expedite also schooled over hurdles and jumped really
nicely.
As I said previously, we are in the process of moving banks and I had a nice present delivered in the post today from my new Bank Manager – two very smart bottles of wine, which are apparently to help my broken bones!! 
Tess has been busy getting this years Horses in Training brochure up together and I am very pleased with the photo that I took on Wednesday, which will be used on the front page…

To be used on the front page of our new Horses in Training brochure
Our very smart yard cat… Foxy’s favourite!!
Baltic Storm looking beautiful…
We had two runners at Ludlow today – Victor Leudorum was 4th, having jumped and travelled nicely. It would be nice to find a race for him, but he does need decent ground, so we may be running out of time. I thought we’d have a winner at Ludlow with Gowanauthat, but unfortunately, he only got to the second fence, before unseating the rider. We do definitely need a change of luck right now!!
Victor Leudorum taken before setting off for Ludlow this morning..

Gowanauthat taken before setting off for Ludlow this morning..
Quebec runs at Cheltenham tomorrow – it is the first meeting at Cheltenham this season and I think there will be a great buzz about the place. Let’s hope we have more luck tomorrow! There are 11 runners and Harry Bannister rides. Quebec is owned by The Steeplechasers and a good proportion of the syndicate are able to go, so we shall look forward to a nice lunch and a good days racing!
19th October

19th October

I managed to get my hot tub going again, after about a year
of not having it and it is the most amazing release following accident as it
gets me moving again, so I sit in it every night with a glass of white wine,
and I must say, I feel a lot better afterwards!!
On Friday Will Stuart came to stay, who is a great old
friend of mine.
We worked a few horses on Saturday and had George and Rachel
Bromfield for breakfast as Red Letter Day guests. I took them on the gallops to
watch some horses working – George certainly knew a lot about form.
We had three runners at Market Rasen – Le Legro finished 3rd,
but I am fairly sure that I ran him too soon as he didn’t want to make the
running. Then we had Morney Wing in a fairly competitive race – he finished 6th
for The Steeplechasers. The jockey said he wants a more galloping track and softer
ground. Bridal Suite was our third runner, but I am not sure how hard he tried
and I think he needs a pair of blinkers on to hopefully sharpen him up.
Morney Wing in the paddock at Market Rasen (taken by Bruce & Lesley Stevens)

Morney Wing in the paddock at Market Rasen (taken by Bruce & Lesley Stevens)

On Sunday we ran Cody Wyoming at Kempton and he ran a
blinder; he jumped really well and finished 2nd, beaten just half a
length. On the back of that run, we should have some fun with Cody this year. A
lot of the syndicate were there and I think they all enjoyed themselves,
judging by their very supportive emails.
The horses are running well on the whole and we are getting to the cross bar, without the ball going in.
We have entries on Thursday at Ludlow and Southwell, we also have Quebec in at Cheltenham on Friday and Seventh Sky there on Saturday.
Runners & Schooling

Runners & Schooling

On Tuesday, Baltic Storm ran a nice race at Huntingdon. He
was 3rd in his first hurdle race to a decent horse of John Ferguson’s,
but I think he wants dropping back to 2 miles as he was a bit keen. Dragon City ran OK – he will be more competitive when we can
get him in a handicap.

Baltic Storm
Dragon City

We worked a few up the back of the hill on Wednesday
morning. Le Legro worked very well, as did My Anchor and Dukes Den.

Nimbus Gale ran at Worcester yesterday – he jumped round
well enough, but came back with a nasty cut, which I hope he won’t be off for
too long with.
Murray Mount having some down time after his excellent 2nd at Chepstow:
Murray Mount
We schooled quite a few horses this morning – Gavin Sheehan
and Harry Bannister came in to help. We schooled To Begin over fences for the
first time today – he was very good. Morney Wing had his last schooling session
before he possibly runs on Saturday. We also schooled Expedite and Ephraim
around the sand ring, with a lead from Mr Big – they both jumped beautifully.
Expedite is a nice young bumper horse that we had last season and Ephraim is a
group 3 winner who we have recently bought over from Germany. He is a really
nice looking sort.

We have no runners today. The next ones will be on Saturday
and Sunday; more than likely at Market Rasen and Kempton, but we could do with
a drop of rain…
On a different note, I am very pleased to be sending all this kit back to Swindon Hospital!!! Let me know if anyone is in need of it (or looking to make a few bob at a car boot sale)!
The Proclamation 3yo filly is coming along nicely.. She is cantering away and seems a very nice, straightforward sort. She is for sale!
Proclamation 3yo filly – FOR SALE
Capatosta (USA) schooling over fences for the first time: