The sun has finally made an appearance over the last few weeks, allowing the horses a chance to begin their summer holidays it is a chance for them to relax, rest and unwind and for the younger ones to fill out and mature ready for coming season.
This time of year allows us to bring in the next generation of younger horses to assess what we have, we have a few nice youngsters to back and break in, as well as bringing in those that have previously been broken and turned away to mature, so that they can continue their education, while we are still busy with the summer jump horses and flat horses, we have a chance to plan and prepare for the season ahead.
May has provided us with some nice winners on the flat and over hurdles and fences as well as plenty of placed horses, these include Happy Escape winning her handicap at Chepstow and Dream Machine his Handicap at Winsor, on the jumping front, Fingerontheswitch won his handicap hurdle nicely at Huntingdon, Dead Right won his novices hurdle at Warwick under Aiden Coleman, Dieg man made the trip to Cartmel worthwhile winning the handicap hurdle with Barry Geraghty on Board, Code Of Law won his handicap chase at Fontwell under our conditional jockey Harry Reed.
A few of our yard favourites have retired Jane Gerard-Pearce's Minella Present joins our former yard star Midnight Chase with Jane's sister Sally in Cheshire with the plan being to hunt him. John Hobb's John's Luck has been gifted to Sophie who has looked after and ridden him for the last 2 seasons, she hopes to hunt and team chase him. Roger Brookhouse's Baltimore Rock has joined Georgie's mum in Devon to hack and do dressage on. It is lovely to see our horses go on to have second careers when they leave racing. A lot of our horses have gone on to have successful second careers when they leave us and we have little problem finding them new homes/careers, which is such a positive.
We would also like to thank those of you that supported Christie when she rode Highbury High in the charity race at Newbury in aid of Greatwood. The money that was raised has gone to a very worthwhile charity that uses former racers to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with special educational needs, as well as rehabilitating and retraining ex racers for a new career path.