It’s been a busy December so far despite no runners due to unsuitable weather and, when suitable, abandonments! Makes race planning difficult but it’s the same for us all.
At the weekend the Lucky Seven – well 6 of the nine that I think the Lucky Seven now are (!) were in to see their smart new purchase, Don Rafael, who arrived from Newmarket thanks to Joe Akehurst who runs his Racehorse Transport business from Newmarket. Great to catch up with all the guys and never a dull moment when they are around! It was bitterly cold but no rain thankfully.
Too cold to do fast work on Friday and Saturday so a huge thanks to my team for riding out our upcoming runners on Sunday when some of them were on their weekend off. Plenty of rain since – it’s never ending and therefore Another Day Out’s trip to Southwell yesterday was abandoned. I’m obviously praying for it to dry up for the cross country race at Cheltenham next week too – frustrating for the Back On The Lash team.
We’ve had a few new additions in the last week or so and the Kinsey’s Jubilee Girl has settled in well and we look forward to cracking on with her. We’ve also purchased two foals, both from Batsford Stud where they will spend at least their winter. We purchased their Postponed ex Tea Caddy foal at the Newmarket Sales on Saturday and, after visiting him with Leigh & Sarah Powell on Sunday, we now also own his stable mate who is by Tasleet. He was purchased BEFORE lunch at The Old Stocks in Stow!
Leigh & Sarah were in yesterday along with Nigel McAllen and Adrian Grimmitt to watch the horses work and school. We worked Back On The Lash, Mikimoto, Redbridge Rambler, Kazontherazz, Another Day Out, Breizh Alko, Witness Protection, Reve, Release The Kraken, ‘Dickie’ and Hot Goddess. We schooled Kalibrate (Olly), Oneforthefairgreen (Harry), Spice Boy (James), A Wish Away (Sian), She Has Notions (Harry) and Kauto Castillo (James).
Last night we welcomed our Breeding Syndicates to a get together in our Owners’ Room (and Stu & Lisa White joined us online!) to start to decide what stallion we are going to put Capricia and Cut On Run next. Both are in foal – Capricia is in foal to Ocovango and Cut And Run is in foal to Passing Glance. It was a fun evening and it’s exciting that we’ll hopefully have two foals of our own in the Spring. Cut And Run was easy to get in foal and she is due in February whereas Capricia was a bit trickier and she isn’t therefore due until a couple of months later.