I rode two lots on Tuesday on two very nice horses. I took Seventh Sky up my gallop three times, I don’t think I have ever sat on anything quite like him before, I hope I can get him on the racecourse fairly soon. I then rode Portmonarch on the grass, he went very well as did Dragon City. They are two lovely four year olds, the only thing I cant work out I why I still have Dragon City for sale!
Kodie and Rose took Who Owns Me and Duke of Monmouth for a canter round the bowl then up the home grass gallops, they thoroughly enjoyed the change which should freshen the boys up a bit.
We had three jockeys in today, Mark Grant, Dom Elsworth and Peterjon Carberry. The later two schooled Duke of Monmouth and Who Owns Me, they both jumped with blinkers on for the first time to sharpen them both up. Almost Gemini worked well with the two four year olds and held his own even though they would quicker types which impressed me a lot. Low Gales worked well up the bank giving Seventh Sky a strong lead.
Rodney Masters came over this morning to interview me and discuss the new yard for the Mondays Racing Post.
I watched first lot on Saturday doing a piece of work up the grass, I was happy enough with them all. Duke of Monmouth and Who Owns Me worked well together.
I then got straight into my car and headed to Doncaster, we ran Elmore Back who I thought had a great chance off the back of his last 2 runs. Unfortunately he didn’t even feature in the race and came back quite lame. I think he pulled himself around in the ground. It was along drive home but luckily there seems some improvement in him today.
I took my children Go-Carting on Sunday which is always good fun, we then went out for lunch.
This morning I rode 2 of the 4year olds, Portmonarch moved absolutely beautifully and Dragon City who has come on a ton and feels a completely different horse. They are both very nice horses with a good prospects.
It is very frustrating right now not to be able to run much. It is tough for trainers and racecourses alike with heavy almost un-raceable water logged ground and abandoned meetings. Looking at the weather forecast it doesn’t look like things will improve for a while yet.
We schooled 6 horses on Thursday morning. The two juveniles Dragon City and Portmonarch jumped very well. Elmore Back was very quick and just had a little sharpen up. Almost Gemini and Verano are showed they are now very polished and professional .
I rode out for the first time in quite awhile this morning, it was nice to be back on a horse. I rode Elmore Back who felt great and Attimo who felt very fresh. The horses on the whole look well and I am happy with them. It is frustrating for the good ground horses that it is so wet but at least it is the same for everyone.
Almost Gemini is entered on Wednesday, if I can sell one more share in him he will run.
Matilda’s pony Toby has also come to stay now she is at boarding school, Rose has found him a useful way to walk the dogs at lunch time!
Elmore Back will run at Doncaster tomorrow in the 2m 4f h’cap hurdle. it is step up in class for him but I think he is well h’capped so he might as well have his chance.
It has been a fairly exciting beginning to the New Year, as apart from the fact it hasn’t stopped raining there has been quite a lot going on. I had a frozen shoulder at the beginning of the month that until I was diagnosed and treated in hospital it caused me absolute agony for 4 days and 4 sleepless nights. Luckily the shoulder was sorted in time to have two days shooting, one day with Nick Bannister up at Conniston Hall and another with Edwyn Good at Waddesdon Manor. They were great days and I shot very well on Friday but had lost my touch slightly on Saturday!
To finish my January jaunts I had a week in Cuba, I would recommend it to anyone- we even managed to have a winner while I was away. Lord Of House won a Novices H’Cap chase at Ludlow even though he ran a little bit flat. He has run a lot recently so will have a little break and we will have to hope there will still be some soft ground around in a few weeks time for him. Duke Of Monmouth ran at Newbury, he was out paced early on and didn’t seem to enjoy the field closing up around him. I will give him a confidence boosting run somewhere next time with a small field and smaller fences with possibly some headgear. He is bouncing at home so I am sure there is another win in him. Sands Cove ran at Taunton on Saturday, the ground was almost un-raceable and with 3 fences bypassed it was almost a flat race. I think he will be a lot better on better ground, Mark was still pleased with him and thinks he is nice horse.
On my return the horses all look very well. Watching them work this morning there were one or two who really fired on the grass. Elmore Back worked very well and reports are he has been in rude health all week. Verano worked very nicely, he has entries but I want to run him first time out on some better ground than it is at the moment. Almost Gemini flew up the grass, he is ready to run and will do so when I have sold the remaining shares which hopefully should be very soon.
We run Latelo tomorrow in the bumper at Warwick , for all sorts of different reasons I hope he runs well, I think he is a very nice horse. The ground is still bottomless everywhere which is frustrating as it is preventing me from running a few horses that need to get out, hopefully some courses will dry out a bit next week.
We still have shares remaining in ALMOST GEMINI
DRAGON CITY for sale
SURENESS for sale
More details on the horses for sale page.