We are now starting to have our first runners after the summer break and this is the result of many weeks of hard work by everyone. First of all the slow exercise to start the fittening process, progressing on to cantering and gradually building this up so that in that in the last few weeks we have been able to do some vital gallop and schooling work. We have been lucky to have Ross Chapman and Nathan Moscrop coming in weekly to assist with this. Inevitably, some of the horses will be a little behind the others due to various important MOT procedures but we will shortly be in full swing.
A crisp, dry morning for First Lot
A gleaming Ascot de Bruyere relaxing at home before his first run of the season
Training for the future! Briony and Thea
We are always very pleased to hear about our retired horses’ activities once their racing days are over. Owned by Jim Gordon, Avidity won four races for us before he was retired a couple of years ago. He has been retrained for dressage and on the 5th October won the RoR (Retraining of Racehorses) Scottish Horse Prelim championship! Well done to Rachel Robson.
Avidity enjoying his new life
On Wednesday 16th October Ascot de Bruyere with Brian Hughes up ran at Wetherby in the Bobby Renton Handicap Chase over 2 miles 3 ½ furlongs. He was very strong in the paddock and excited to be back racing and Brian reported he was very gassy over the first part of the race. This did not help him when the tempo increased over the back straight before the final bend and he became outpaced. However, once they faced the uphill rise towards the finish he started staying on and eating up the ground. He made a few mistakes over the early fences and was a bit race rusty but was really good over the last four fences and finished third beaten by 16 lengths. This was a very promising first run and he will now be prepared for the Rehearsal Chase at his favourite Newcastle course on 30th November.
On the same evening, It’s Never Enough ran on the Fibresand at Southwell in the Follow at the Races on Twitter Handicap over 1 mile 4 furlongs. Ridden by Lucy Alexander, for most of the race he was very prominent but then at two furlongs out began to lose ground and finally finished 6th beaten by 13 lengths. This distance was probably too far for him and next time we will drop back to 1 mile 2 furlongs and would hope to find a race for him in a fortnight’s time.
We have entries coming up over the next week at Carlisle, Kelso and Ayr.