Tuesday 31 December
Wishing all of our clients, owners and members a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Along with the trainers and staff that care for all of the horses that provide us with our fun! 2019 has certainly had it's ups and downs, but we enter 2020 with renewed optimism. We have some lovely older horses - Molly Childers and Classic Ben and Land League, and some exciting youngsters - Go Millie Go, Blue Bikini, Yauthym, Figarella Borget and Our Bubba. In 2020 we can look forward to the return of Queenohearts, and, starting very soon, we will also be purchasing more young stock for the future. Our investment syndicates go from strength to strength, and we look sure to be adding to that side of things as well - with portfolio additions, and further syndicates set up. 2020 will also be a year of expansion - with new trainers added to the roster - taking our ownership opportunities into different areas of the country. Yesterday, Classic Ben travelled to Haydock Park for their feature chase. Just 6 runners, but a bang in form opponent, that proved well ahead of the assessor. CB ran really well, staying the trip no problem, and was just touched off for third. He has come out of the race well, and will head to Sandown in early Feb, for The Masters chase which he won last year. On Sunday we headed to Doncaster, for the eagerly awaited hurdling debut of Yauthym - who we had claimed out of a flat claimer in Lyon in November, and placed in the care of Fergal O'Brien. Sunday was a good day - it was good to see a great many of Yauthym's new owners at the races - some of whom we hadn't seen for quite a while! Yauthym looked fantastic, she had certainly put on weight since she arrived from France, and her skin was gleaming. Paddy Brennan took the ride, and although she settled well on the short canter to post, she was pretty keen as the tapes went up. Due to this her jumping was compromised - she had schooled very well at home, but not on Sunday. Even with her pulling too hard - and jumping very poorly, including trying to uproot the last flight of hurdles, she ran a super race to finish a close 3rd. Paddy was delighted - saying that Yauthym will improve no end for the run - she will improve on all fronts- fitness, settling and jumping - and he rates her a very bright prospect. A good start, and she will be out again in around a month. Molly Childers seems fine after her run on Friday - and she will be out again, over fences at the end of January.