7th May 2019
The horses have been doing well over the last few weeks although there have been a couple disappoint us recently. Bit Of A Quirke has been a great over the last season or two and has made some encouraging runs at Pontefract and should no doubt be winning this season, he can surely win over hurdles too but for now we'll stick to the flat. Another who ran well at Pontefract was Rickyroadboy, he started last season in great form and has come on for his return at Thirsk, he showed blistering speed and was only collared in the closing stages and we're hopeful he can progress through the sprinting ranks this year. Gabriel’s Oboe left us scratching our heads this week, he has always seemed such a nice horse at home and finally when the penny looked to be dropping he has failed to shine, we'll go back to the drawing board and hopefully can get him to show his potential.
Back at home we've been doing some work in the paddocks, we have sectioned off one of the larger fields and now have some extra turn out paddocks, we can turn out more and leave them out longer, with the weather warming up and the sun coming out its great to get some sun on their backs.
When working with horses we're always at risk of injury and we are all so grateful for the air ambulance which can be called upon. They came out earlier in the year when Christine, who came in to ride out, was kicked and broke her leg quite badly. Last week it was Annie Cooke who was in the wars after having an accident when riding her ponies at home, she also got a ride the air ambulance. Now it feels like we have a fracture clinic opening at coffee time but we hope they both make a speedy recovery. We are always keen to contribute to the air ambulance whether it be through charity events or our local point to point who do a great job at raising a huge amount of money to keep them going.
And finally we had a new recruit arrive this week, Will and Marcus trained their first debut winner this point to point season with Chanting Hill who won the open maiden at Sheriff Hutton, after not quite making enough at the Cheltenham sale she has come to run in a bumper hopefully in the next 3 to 4 weeks, she is full sister to the impressive hurdle winner Dashing Daisy trained by Paul Flynn, I spoke to Paul and he believes his mare is an exciting chaser for the future. Will and Marcus are still keen to find a new owner for this mare and it would be great if we could keep her in the yard, she looks an exciting prospect for next season.