The holiday season is well and truly over and having had a lovely summer, with the majority of the horses out and relaxing it always comes a bit of shock to the system when they come back in fresh, fat and well!
The horses have all summered fantastically, it was a lovely time for them with plenty of grass and not many flies – an ideal combination.
As ever with us our summer campaign is always on the light side. But those that have been in and running have done us proud. The Sweeny has won two £20,000 handicaps at Market Rasen. He is so tough and terrier like and for him there is no doubt his wind operation made a big difference, I am not the greatest fan of wind ops unless they really need them, and the confidence he has gained in having it done is remarkable. He is not very big, but he is all heart and will head back to the races in the not too distant future.
Prophets Prayer has knocked on the door all summer and will run this week where hopefully the door will finally open for her over hurdles and she can get her head in front. Shiroccan Roll is another who ‘s form is coming back and having run two much better races he is also one that should be back in the winners enclosure before too long. There are a few that are also just about ready to run and so bit by bit the yard is starting to emerge from its summer recess.
We have had a few flat horses this summer which has made an enjoyable change. Le Torrent finished second on both of his starts, and Vixen also finished in the runner up spot and then disappointed slightly in her last two starts. I am hoping we will have her back on track next time.
As ever this is the time of year of dreams. The strength in depth of horses that we have in the yard this season is far beyond anything that we have had before and that has given a real buzz around the place. Barry and I, and the whole team cannot wait for the season to start properly with so much to look forward to.