The last few weeks have seen the winter horses enjoying their summer holidays out in the sunshine having some much neeeded R&R. While we have still had plenty of horses in work, the team has also been incredibly busy power washing and painting stables and generally tidying the yard, we have also divided up some of our larger paddocks with new post and rail into smaller ones enabling us to turn out more horses that are in work every day, as we feel it is so important for their wellbeing to get them out in the paddocks as much as possible to graze and roll.
The winter horses have begun to filter in from their holidays and are coming back into work we are incredibly lucky that we have lovely quiet lanes to do road work on and build their fitness before they start canter work and we are not reliant on horse walkers alone to build their fitness.
The broodmares and foals have returned from stud and are currently enjoying the grass at Mike Burbidges before they are weaned.
We have been busy with a few youngsters to break in, two of which belong to Helen Cross who is a long standing and loyal owner and breeds a lot of her horses, Maisie has been busy lunging and long reining them, a process that we spend a lot of time doing and getting the basics right, a lot of time is spent long reining which gives them good mouths and steering and it teaches them independance, before they are backed and ridden away. We are lucky to have some very good riders to begin this part of their education, the importance of time and ground work is paramount in the early days. Now that they have been broken and ridden off they will be turned away to mature, grow and strength up before coming back into pre training again. It is always pleasing watching the young horses right from the beginning through the breaking process to eventually coming into full training.
The last few weeks has seen the horses running well and Shantou Village ran really well in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen, we have had some nice winners under both codes since the last blog the end of May these include-
Code of Law who won comfortably by 6 lengths under our conditional jockey Harry Reed in the 2mile 2f handicap chase at Fontwell on the 27/5/18 for The Affordable (3) Partnership
The Way You Dance has won both his 2 mile handicaps nicely for his owners BG racing Partnership 29th May saw him win by 1/2 length at Lingfield ridden by Silverster De Sousa and he followed this up on the 11 July winning by a head under Adam Kirby at Kempton
Harry followed up his win on Code of Law by winning on the lovely young horse of Strawberry Field Catering Ltd, Cornish Warrior winning his 2m5f novices handicap chase at Ffos las at the end of May.
Vis Vis who joined our yard this year won his 1m6f handicap at Sandown under Shane Kelly for Westbourne Racing Eismark and Packham
Free Bounty was produced to win his 2m5f handicap hurdle by 4 lengths under our conditional Philip Donovan at Newton Abbot on the 14th July for his owners Four Winds Racing and Serafino Agodino
Masquerade Bling got her neck in front to win over 7f at Wolverhampton on the 18th July under Rob Hornby for owner Mr Weare
Adam Kirby gave American Parol a great ride to win by 5 lengths his 1m2f handicap at Lingfield on the 25th July
Mrs Tor Hodsoll's lovely little horse The Twisler won his 2m Novice hurdle comfortably by 8 lengths under Tom Scudamore on the 26th July
Harry Reed once again added to his tally of winners winning the handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot comfortably by 16 lengths on the 6th August for John Hobbs aboard Chantecler.
This coming weekend we have a few horses entered up out in Jersey, Les Landes racecourse has been lucky for us in the past, winning the Trainer's Championship back in 2014 was a highlight, as well as winning some their feature races in the past including their champion hurdle. We are always looked after out there and it makes a great weekend for owners to enjoy especially if the sun is out, as it is a picturesque course looking out to sea. And the horses enjoy being exercised while out there on the beach.