Monday, January 23, 2017
Over the last couple of weeks, we've gradually picked up or taken delivery of all the horses who went out to farms for their winter breaks and the countdown towards the turf season has begun in earnest.
We have a few horses in strong work to run on the all-weather in the next few weeks or months, such as Hymn For The Dudes, Kilim and our new boy Dervish, but mostly it's all about getting fit for the start of the Flat this spring.
We had a couple of National Hunt runners over the Christmas and New Year period. Delatite made his debut in the bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day but is unlikely to reappear until the spring when the ground is a little better. The same goes for White Valiant, who won on debut at Huntingdon back at the start of November and then went for the Listed bumper at Cheltenham on New Year's Day. The weather gods were against us that day and the endless rain left the ground bottomless, which didn't suit him at all. He's now having a freshen up at Hilborough Stud and will resume training in a month or so.
Back in the yard we have among others Hope Is High, whom we hope can resume her winning ways this year and, most excitingly, Indira. We feared we'd lost her for good when our vet David Dugdale detected a small hole in her tendon in high summer. This came on the back of a terrific early season for her, with four wins, at Wolverhampton, Bath, Chester and Newmarket, taking her rating from 60 to 92. After six months of rest we've been given the all-clear for Indira to resume training and she's slowly building back up to fitness with plenty of trotting every day. Indira and Hope Is High are seen here on their long trotting route around Racecourse Side.
We also have the enfant terrible Roy Rocket back in business and he will of course return to his beloved Brighton just as soon as he's stopped resembling a giant woolly (and often muddy) bear.