News + Views
We’ll try our best to keep you posted with all the updates from the yard throughout the season. Our blogs will be short and sweet because who has time to write or read more than 140 characters these days. You can expect to see something new at least once a month - we promise!
New Year and into Spring 2021
It’s not been an easy start to 2021 for anyone with extended lockdowns and cancelled point to pointing but there has been a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for a while now and we’re looking forward to seeing people again. We will be planning open days and coffee mornings ahead of next season soon!
We’ve been pleased with how the horses have run so far this season, it’s been a strange season with it feeling a bit stop start especially with the Point to Pointers. We're happy with how the pointers have performed in taking the leap Under Rules both Sixteen Letters, and Enormouse have ran particularly well in competitive Novice Hurdles.
The Kings Writ has had yet another good season despite not getting his head in front, thanks to the handicapper always keeping on top of us but we’re excited for next season already with the veterans series and possible Hunter Chasing too. With the drying ground he’s now off on his summer holidays with a few youngsters.
We were delighted with Stratton Oakmont who has run a couple of good bumpers and is now on his holidays. He is a lovely horse for the future who just needs a bit more time and plenty of Dr Green to fill out his young frame. We are syndicating him and have ONLY ONE SHARE left, visit for sale page for more information.
Thankfully Goodgirlteresa has finished her racing career in one piece, she is now off to the breeding shed and will visit Ask. She has been a huge part of our stable, despite not being a world beater she has provided us with three wins and her syndicate had a lot of fun with her. We’re excited to see what youngstock she can produce, fingers crossed she is able to have a few beautiful foals.
Lalor (pictured above) has continued to progress on his road to recovery, we’re pleased with how he is at home and has been declared for the Grade 3 Handicap over 3 miles at 4.15pm on Saturday at Aintree. Fingers crossed we stay healthy and sound until then! The aim is to have a nice time and come home in one piece. He will have been off the track for 440 days so it’ll be our priority that he has a good experience. He likes good ground so there are more options to continue with a late Spring campaign.
Lallygag (aka Sam) Lalor’s little brother is running at Taunton on Thursday (8 April) so it could be a big week for the It’s Gino x Laviola boys! Having galloped at Wincanton twice, four year old Sam is having his first run in a bumper, it’ll all be a big learning experience for him and he’ll no doubt come on for the education.
Happy New Year 2021
Happy New Year everyone. December was a hectic month so apologies for missing an update but we’re delighted with how the year finished off. We’ve had five winners for the season so far with Tyler putting in a gutsy performance to win again under Josh at Doncaster and Clondaw’s Answer ridden by Micheál Nolan winning for Mr Staddon at Exeter. Clondaw has been the most unlucky horse so it was very rewarding to finally see him win. The horses are in good health, so fingers crossed it continues.
The Kings Writ (Brian) ran at Kempton over the festive period, he ran respectfully but the track was possibly a bit sharp; it was a super competitive top class handicap and the handicapper has always had a stranglehold on Brian since he ran well finishing second multiple times last season. Lalor is progressing on his road to recovery but we are in no rush to make any firm plans for him. He will tell us when he is ready and has always been at his best on better ground in the warmer spring months.
We have some lovely horses who will soon have their handicap marks and step into more suitable grade races. We also have a lot of young unraced horses who are waiting in the wings to see what will happen with Point to Pointing before deciding on their next moves. We like to educate our young horses on the Pointing field and in recent years it has become a more commercial selling route with 4yo point to point winners making decent money at the sales. Everything may look a little different for 2021 if pointing cannot continue in the current Covid climate but we’re fortunate to work so closely with Neil Mclean and have options.
We appreciate 2020 was tough, uncertain, anxious and so far 2021 isn’t looking any clearer but we have to stay positive that things will get better. We’re grateful for all “small things” the support we continually receive from friends, family, sponsors and of course we’re most grateful for our health. While it is such a cliche, life truly is a rollercoaster of highs and lows, there is nothing to do but hold tight and learn to embrace all of it because you don’t want to waste your time waiting for the ride to end.