A quiet start to the week on the racing front with just a couple of runners on the Flat before things get busier at the weekend with intended runners at Cartmel, Kelso, and possibly Uttoxeter.
Tonight, Book of Invasions gets his second outing on the Flat in the 1m2f novice on the all-weather at Newcastle with our stable apprentice Conner McCann once again taking the ride. Outpaced having been slowly away over 1m at Ayr last time, the longer trip will be in his favour, though essentially the main aim of this run is to give him further experience as we continue his transition from a hurdler/chaser into a staying Flat performer.
Tomorrow we have Aone Ally heading to Hamilton where he makes his handicap debut in the 1m1f event for three-year-olds. A scopey type by Mayson, he will appreciate the forecast cut in the ground and we believe he has been handed a fair mark for his first foray into handicaps. We are hopeful of a good run, but he is still very much a work in progress and it will probably be a little later in the season when he really starts to fulfil his true potential.
At home, the sales horses have settled in. The three year olds have all been lunged, driven in long reins, and sat on by Stephen and we are really proud of them. As Stephen says they are probably the biggest and most scopey batch of three year olds that we have brought back from the sales. He is pictured longreining Monochromix.
The point to point mare, Beaute Noir is to have a good summer holiday; the form of her race has worked out already and she can now refill and be ready for an exciting season under rules in the autumn. She is for sale, please have a look at her race and contact us to see her at home.
Work continues on the facilities with eight woodchip turn-out paddocks being constructed and some shiny new machines to keep the gallops in shape being tested by Bradley. Both things will help our yard to perform during the winter months and especially when the frost and ice hits.
Paul, Lucinda, and Scu are preparing for the next sales; Tattersalls in Newmarket on Thursday where fifty form horses are for sale. There are some very attractive prospects; see the CATALOGUE here, including race videos for each horse.