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!

Challenging yet exciting times 

September 2020

Training horses isn’t a complete science, they’re not machines and they don’t come with a manual. Each horse is different and therefore they need to be treated accordingly. There are so many external factors outside the trainers’ control, it’s the unique challenge of finding the keys to success that makes it so addictive and rewarding when it finally does go right! 

We’ve only had a handful of runners since racing has returned. Some handicappers have now been moved onto other careers as they were not good enough for National Hunt racing. We also have a few handicappers who we hope will soon be within their own grade having been allocated suitable marks. 

We have 17 unraced horses in the yard so the future is so exciting, you never know what will become of these babies and we hope that at least one of them can be something special. All of our newbies from the sales have come along nicely, some have completed their work and had a holiday, some are still progressing through the stages. Lalor’s brother Sam and his field companion, 4 yo, Jack The Farmer will be returning from their holidays shortly. 

But it is September and we’re creeping closer to the “proper” winter Jump Season getting underway. We have our usual stable stars returning, The Kings Writ, Lalor and Goodgirlteresa joined by some new Handicap Chasers in Ostuni and Getaway Lucy. 

Summer Racing + Goff Sales 

August 2020

We’re back racing! We started out at Stratford a couple of weeks ago now (time just flies!), we were happy enough with our youngsters who are getting some hurdle experience and will be seen in their best light once they’re able to contest handicaps. 

The Major and Exit Plan have been waiting for the better ground and will run through the Summer, both will have come on for their runs fitness wise however unless they show something promising on their next couple of starts they will be looking for new careers in the Autumn. 

Tipalong Tyler has an entry for next week and we’re hoping that stepping up to 3 mile on better ground will bring the improvement that she needs to be competitive. 

We were lucky enough to come home with four horses from the Goffs Summer sale last week, all for existing owners and we look forward to getting to know them over the next few weeks. Three of the horses are 3yo stores and so will spend the next few weeks being broken before having a quick break. They have nice pedigrees and so far they seem to have a good attitude to work so fingers crossed! The route they will take will depend on how they come together and what ability they show as they progress, but at the moment the 4yo point to point route seems to be an obvious starting place - Neil will be pleased! We also purchased Dysania, an unraced 5yo who has been in training but being a big horse has taken time to come together and will look to have his first start in the Autumn.

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