Cool again today after a glimpse of warmth yesterday, an early spring has turned into a slow spring. Most of the horses are out at grass, lots of the team are away, either on holiday or taking the opportunity to gain some experience elsewhere, those that are here are doing a great job cracking on with the refurbishment of the yard. An OK week at Perth, Gustav’s Dream and Sanosuke both taking another little step forward to finish 3rd, Warriors Story travelled well but disappointed in the end, wasn’t entirely surprised by that as I intimated in my last post.
We will have very few, if any, runners between now and September, we just don’t seem to have any summer jumpers this year but I like to think we have plenty of strength in depth for next season with a really promising bunch of young horses. We head to Doncaster today with the aim of adding to that team, it looks like an excellent sale with 300 three year old “store” horses being sold on Monday and Tuesday then 440 horses in training and point-to-pointers being sold on Wednesday and Thursday.
Something for everyone in that lot and we will be trying to fill a few orders as well as probably buying one or two “on spec” – as ever, any interest most welcome. Whilst there are plenty of other sales coming up I do like to try and buy at this sale, for the stores there is plenty of time to get them broken in then have a nice break before they join the string in the late summer and the Horses in Training can have a decent break straight away and then start away in July – the timing works well for both.
Whilst I am sure everyone will enjoy a break from my blog I will update on an occasional basis re what is happening here, the Team and the horses, no doubt I will indulge myself with plenty of photographs of horses at grass (starting today!) and no doubt the odd opinionated “soap box” re the Racing world at large. Will spare you that today but would like to draw your attention to the highly ambitious feat of two good old friends of Kinneston – John Drysdale and Charles Dudgeon – who on Monday start rather a long cycle ride from Amsterdam to Rome. Crazy stuff at the best of times let alone at their age but I wish them the very best of luck and they are raising money for two exceptional causes, details of which can be found here