Romeo Brown has settled in well

Romeo Brown has settled in well

Just a brief update to keep my small, but growing band of followers informed,that Romeo Brown has now been at Phil Kirbys yard at East Appleton in North Yorkshire for almost two weeks and has settled in nicely to his new surroundings. I recently went up to meet Phil and see our latest acquisition for the first time, and I was not disappointed. Phil had earlier told me over the phone that Romeo was very fit when he arrived from Jane Williams yard in Devon, and judging from what I saw when watching him gallop, “very fit” was an understatement. From this admittedly untrained eye, Romeo seemed to glide up the gallops effortlessly, and hardly broke sweat. We need to find a race for him said Phil, and entries have been made for Romeo in Novice Hurdles at Sedgefield on Mon 21st Jan, Kelso on Tues 22nd Jan and Wetherby on Thurs 24th Jan. Right now as I publish this post, it would appear the weather may be instrumental in deciding which will be the best option. I just hope Racing is not affected too much. So with syndication fully complete,  including two new members joining existing members of McGoldrick

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Starboard Watch Stable Visit

Starboard Watch Stable Visit

Our 2yo filly Starboard Watch has been with James Given since the beginning of February, since when James has been slowly introducing her to her job of becoming a racehorse. Her CV (breeding) was excellent, and from the frequent photos, plus updates from James, I was happy to let him get on with the job. Her attitude has been excellent, and she has responded positively every time James has asked her work rider to step up her work. So Friday 22nd April 2016 was the day we decided it was time to travel to Willoughton and be introduced to our filly. Four of us were present….none of us had met before, but we soon began to be impressed with what we heard from James, AND what we saw of Starboard Watch both in appearance and in the fast gallop that followed. It was especially pleasing when James commented on how much she had improved in her work, and how enthusiastic she was “now that the penny had dropped”…. readily  pulling away nicely from more experienced horse when asked to extend by her rider. Mouth watering stuff indeed …of that we were all agreed. The question had to be then asked

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Update on 3 Sue Smith trained horses

Update on 3 Sue Smith trained horses

Stable update on our three Sue Smith trained horses after a meeting with Assistant Trainer Ryan Clavin. Despite having suffered a pain in his back as a result of damage to his T12 vertebrae in a recent gallops fall, Ryan was willing enough to suffer a further pain in the backside in the form of yours truly, who travelled to Craiglands Farm in search of an update on the well being of our three jumpers, Fill the Power, Delusionofgrandeur and Charlie Wingnut. FILL THE POWER Ever since his tendon injury last May 2015, FTP has been turned out on moorland owned by Harvey, simply back to nature, outdoors 24 / 7 …chilled out, eating grass with the likes of his mate Mr Moonshine, and enjoying every minute. To maximise the chances of a full recovery, we have already announced he won`t be racing this season, so FTP is set fair for another 5/6 months of outdoor life. It was however, good to hear from Ryan, that he had just got back from moving our fella, plus two showjumpers, as well as the legendary Auroras Encore, from their moorland home of the last six months, on to land with fresh grass,

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Becky the Thatcher

Becky the Thatcher

Becky the Thatcher I referred earlier to my small, but select band of long standing Syndicate members. These actually total just ten, including myself. Six months ago, the member from Nantwich, suggested he would be interested in “a leg” of a young flat horse for us to extend our interests during the summer months whilst our Jumpers were on holiday. It was down to me to accommodate him. Fast forward to today, and we have Becky the Thatcher, trained by Micky Hammond, a 2yo filly by the young, prodigious sire Mastercraftsman, who has already run twice in our colours. First time out, an inauspicious debut for her first day at school at Thirsk on 28th Aug., but seven days later, at the same track, she went into many peoples notebooks when a fast finishing 2nd to an expensive Godolphin horse Lovell, prompting Niall Hannity on RUK replay to comment that Micky Hammond has got a very smart 2yo on his hands. If you can access the RUK archive website, please watch the race, and you can see for yourself how right Hannity was.  Thirsk 5th September, 2-30pm race. Micky was delighted, as was jockey PJ McDonald, who commented, it was

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