14th November 2016
As mentioned in my last blog we were having problems with our horses coughing from mid-September though to October, thankfully nearly all the horses are over it now and are starting to run well again, we have had a plenty of placed horses in the past few weeks and on Saturday it was nice to get a winner with Lough Salt, he was affected badly by the cough that was going round and had only stopped about two weeks ago, this had caused him to miss a lot of work so it was to his credit he managed to win in good style coming back from a 263 day lay off. He is a horse that it will pay to follow this season.
We said goodbye to Mountainside last month, since being bought by the Champagne Charlies Club last year for only £6,500 he has won around £15,000 in prize money with wins at Uttoxeter and Perth. Having decided it was the right time to sell he headed to Doncaster sales where he made a decent price of £20,000. He was bought to go on to race in Kuwait.
As well as moving a couple of horses on there have been a few new arrivals, Canford Thompson being one of them, he won a Juvenile hurdle at Wetherby in good style and looks a type to do well both over hurdles and on the flat, as he is only a three year old I'm sure there is some improvement in him. We also have 3 new yearlings that are now broken in, here is a video of them cantering in the arena. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQCsk7oPpJk
Over the next couple of weeks we have two horses that I am particularly looking forward to making their hurdling debuts; Craggaknock has been a good horse for us on the flat and looks a type that is sure to do well over jumps, the other is Aislabie who has had a couple of runs on the flat being placed third last time out, he has taken to hurdles at home as well as any I have seen, hopefully he will run on Wednesday at Hexham.