Still very mild here and the horses all enjoyed a long exercise around the estate through the woods and I’m not sure who loved themselves more – the horses or the team as they all had huge smiles on their faces as they cantered up banks and around the outsides of the fields on old turf finishing with cantering up one part of our grass gallops.
James Best was in this morning and rode Goldie’s Lovingit (we are having a few issues re-naming him and are awaiting confirmation that, as a French bred, this name is now allowed!) and Brorson, an Irish Point to Pointer who arrived in the week and whom we are excited about cracking on with. He’s been bought by David Maughan and we hope he’s really lucky for him.
We have one runner today – and another on the flat for us with Be Thankful heading to Southwell for our Racing Club. She was so unlucky not to win last time when she was beaten an agonising short head and was ahead a stride later but past the line and she’ll find it hard to beat Mack The Knife today. However, she has an able partner in David Probert, who is in such good form on the all weather, and she should once again give her all and run another solid race. Who knows, it may be a run back too quick for the favourite who won only 3 days ago and has never run on this surface before…we hope Be Thankful is the one who takes advantage if either of those mean he doesn’t run to form. Good luck especially to Jasmin who looks after her and rides her every day.