Most of the horses are now out at grass enjoying a welcome break. We are very grateful to Jenni Wharton, Julia Percy, Jill & John Dodd and Ann Fraser for taking on the responsibility of caring for them. Even though they are turned out, there is still a great deal of work involved as they require continual checking and hard feed every day. Inevitably, incidents arise which require prompt and skilled attention.
Horses at Grass
We will still have a handful of jumpers and flat horses running over the summer and so the blog will not be weekly during this time but do keep an eye out for updates!
The season ended with a total of 20 winners, 18 seconds and 16 thirds giving a winning percentage of 16% with 43% in the first three. Obviously the weather caused many meetings to be cancelled and the North was particularly badly hit. We also had five winners on the Flat from our satellite yard in Middleham managed by Stef and Barry Keniry.
Some of the season’s highlights were:
Civil Unrest - 12 years young gained the 10th win of his career at Bangor. What a star he has been.
Aristo Du Plessis - well done to all concerned. Brilliantly patient owners John and Jill Dodd and skilful staff (David) to get him back to win twice. He looked as good as ever before another injury intervened, but we look forward to next season.
Strike the Pose - was a surprising but commanding winner of a Bumper at Kelso.
Ettila De Sivola - showed ability and a great attitude rallying very well to win his Juvenile Bumper at Doncaster and is an interesting prospect.
Un Guet Apens - won the yard’s most valuable race last season. A very well deserved success in his favoured heavy ground at Kelso.
Black Pirate - won two Bumpers at Wetherby and Ayr before coming a brave second with a double penalty in a classy Bumper at the Scottish National Meeting at Ayr in April. This was an impressive result and he is a very exciting horse.
Charmant - was twice a winner over hurdles. He is such a consistent type and we are hopeful for good results when he goes chasing.
Da Capo Dandy - a three times winner on the AW at Southwell for Barry and Stef Keniry and owner Dave Allen. What a great credit she was to them and what a great sadness to lose her on her last outing.
Let’s hope that we have a warm summer ahead as we look forward to a particularly exciting bunch of young horses for next season