From the beaches of Mexico to Bangor –on-Dee... When Civil Unrest comes sweeping round the bend (clattering a few hurdles on route to the finish) and leaving Champion Jockey Richard Johnson in desperation, to win under a great ride from our conditional jockey Steven Fox... I know where I’d rather be...
It was nice to have a bit of time off in the summer to re-charge the batteries. I was lucky enough to spend most of it in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and then making a return to Langholm with only hours to spare before getting in the saddle to ride the historic ‘Common Riding’ (http://returntotheridings.co.uk/langholm-common-riding/) . A little jet-lagged and a little sun burnt, the Borders rain was rather welcomed for a change, keeping me awake and making things quite interesting galloping up Langholm’s ‘Kirk Wynd’.
2 days later and it was back to business as our 4 legged friends returned to work, with some new faces both of the 4 and 2 legged variety. With a hard working team and some impressive horses, it’s hard not to get excited about the season ahead. This time of the year is always nice, because the dreams are still alive!
As much as I can’t wait to see some of our squad get to the racecourse, we can’t forget our team that have continued through the ‘summer jumps’ season and probably none more than stable stalwart Civil Unrest.
By the end of my first week back, we trekked down to North Wales, where I may or may have not managed to have a little bet at 50/1 on the big ginger legend (more out of loyalty than expertise). His 10th win for the yard and now 11 years old, ‘Cyril’ seems to be in the form of his life and I am delighted for all connections. It’s safe to say there was 1 or 2 sore heads the next day!
As new faces come in, others leave, and I enjoyed a busy day down at Goffs Doncaster Sales. Where Catching Shadows and Les Pecheurs were amongst those departing. I ended up chancing my luck at a couple of lots that I felt were in my price range, but ended up coming home with an empty trailer... Maybe I’ll have some better luck in November if the Bank Of Scotland can raise my credit limit!!
Luckily enough the new yard recruits have been left to the professionals and James has brought in some very exciting young horses in from France. We are lucky to have such a good relationship with George and Lune Vergette amongst others and long may it continue.
Last Sunday seen us have the opportunity to show off these new recruits along with the rest of this year’s squad. The ‘Parade Of Horses’ formed the highlight of our annual Owners day, although some of our staff may tell you otherwise after getting stuck into some of the fantastic food provided by Peter and his team at Caterbirds. I think everyone who attended will join me in saying the day was a success and I would like to thank all our owners for their continued support. All of our beautiful horses behaved immaculately (as did some of our staff) and looked amazing (again...like some of our staff).
As we work away towards race fitness with the majority of the yard, I will be back to update you on their progress and with a look at some of our up and coming runners.
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