Wednesday 15 January
We are well overdue a change of luck - without a winner since February, and with a host of injures and retirements behind us in 2019 - we were hoping for 2020 to give us a bit of a kick start, and for our luck to change. Sadly not the case. Go Millie Go who was in fantastic form at home, and held 2 entries this week, was found to be lame behind, with a pelvic problem looking the likely cause. She will have a further examination in the next few days. Figarella Borget - who was just getting to go a bit quicker in her work, decided that this morning was a good time to lose her jockey, and head back to her stable (not a bad idea given the recent weather), on her way back she slipped over and has given herself a nasty cut on her forearm. This will obviously take a couple of weeks or more to heal - and will put her back a bit - but in fairness that isn't the end if the world, as she needs a decent surface, and who knows if it will ever dry up at this rate! Thankfully her rider escaped unscathed. On a more positive note - Fergal reports that Yauthym is fit and well, and working great. After demolishing a good few of the hurdles in Doncaster when she ran there late last month, she is doing plenty of schooling every week, on the all weather schooling strip at Ravenswell Farm. She will be out again soon, and we are very much looking forward to her second start over hurdles, as she is expected to find a huge amount of improvement from her hurdling debut. Land League is on a little mid winter break - he is still in his warm stable at Fences Farm, and just doing the bare minimum of tick over exercise. He has put on plenty of weight since his work was dropped, and looks well. He has dropped to a mark of 102, and will surely go close when he is out again in the spring on his favoured sound surface. Classic Ben and Molly Childers are both in good order, and have target races in a couple of weeks time. Our Bubba is still on the easy list - but looks fantastic, and the form of his point to point just gets better and better with 2 more classy looking winners coming out of the horses that were in behind him in the race that he ended up winning. He will be well worth the wait! Hi Ho Silva Lining is progressing nicely, and learns a bit more every day - as does Blue Bikini. Let's hope that we have seen the end of our bad luck - and that things can at least start to go our way a bit from here!