Friday, November 04, 2016
The year is gradually drawing to a close and a number of our horses have gone off for their winter holidays.
Hope Is High and Indira have left already and we hope very much that Indira is given a clean bill of health when her leg is rescanned in January before her intended resumption. Hope Is High had a light season but a successful one, winning at Bath and finishing in the first three on all four or her starts for us. God willing she will be back, stronger and better, for next turf season.
Roy Rocket and the Myboycharlie juvenile filly will soon be joining them on holiday but we have a number of horses remaining in the stable who should make appearances through the winter, either on the all-weather or in bumpers.
Roy’s half-brother White Valiant should be the first of these in the bumper at Huntingdon on Tuesday and on the National Hunt front, Delatite should soon join him in bumpers. Cottesloe had two good runs for us over hurdles and sadly he has now been sold by his owner to race on from Neil Mulholland’s stable. We wish Neil and his team the very best of luck with this lovely horse who was a delight to have around and won twice and was placed a number of times from this yard.
A recent and very welcome returnee is Near Wild Heaven, whom we hope will do us proud over hurdles. We won’t be rushing her as she’s had a year off after a tendon injury so is just trotting at present. She did a fair bit of schooling before her injury and was a good, neat jumper so we have everything crossed that she can get back to that stage. Her owners in the Beverley Hillbillies partnership have been very patient, for which we are extremely grateful.
Near Wild Heaven has also been joined in the stable by her yearling half-sister, Free Bird, a daughter of Phoenix Reach. She will be broken in soon and then probably turned away again for a bit as she’s not bred to be early, but for a June foal she has done really well this year and she will be one to look forward to as she starts proper training.
Our other yearling is an elegant daughter of Motivator who was bred in France by Jean-Marie Mussat and will race for a new syndicate. She was ridden today for the first time and is taking her early stages of training very well indeed. There are two quarter shares available in her and details of the syndicate will be posted on the website very soon.
Irene Wilde, another French-bred filly who is now two, is also coming along nicely and should make her debut this winter, while recent debutante Sussex Girl will continue to race on the all-weather in the immediate future. Irene Wilde is owned by Charles Wentworth, whose homebred Hymn For The Dudes had one promising placed run this season before meeting with a slight setback. He has now resumed cantering and should be another to keep us entertained this winter, along with Kilim, a recent in-training purchase from Luca Cumani’s stable who is well-bred and coming along nicely.
Last of the new faces is another well-related horse, Kryptos, who was bought by Tony Fordham from the Juddmonte draft at Tattersalls recently and is a full-brother to their Group 1 winner Mutual Trust. Kryptos is just two and has had two runs for Dermot Weld. He has now been gelded and will have a proper winter break before hopefully carrying Tony’s colours, once worn by four-time winner Batgirl, to more glory next season.