Round up of the weeks actionNovember 22, 2015
A week that started quietly saw a lot of road time towards the end for a mix of results. With the yearlings venturing further afield and some making there first forays to gallops we are slowly learning about each individual.
Tuesday morning saw a visit from Emily Scott who works for the Highclere management team to view to a couple of yearlings we are preparing for the Royal Ascot Racing Club, they will head off to other trainers once they are ready. They have a forward looking Rocking Gibraltar colt out of Tedarshana and a smart Pivotal colt out Constitute from a very good Cheveley Park family who should make it a quality type in time. Its always fun to work with these lovely horses for the Highclere team. One of last years graduates Chartreuse has done really well in France and is being aimed at the French Guineas by Freddie Head.
On Wednesday we took Trimoulet to Kempton where he put in a very brave performance over a mile and a half, making all the running and only finally succumbing in the last ten yards to finish third. He has been admirable this season, running eleven times, winning three races and being placed a further five times. This was according to Timeform, Racing Post and TopSpeed ratings his best performance yet. He will probably aim at a mile and three furlong race on the 9th of December back at Kempton for his next race.
Thursday was a very busy day with Alaskan Phantom heading to Lingfield where back in a maiden she was far from disgraced under Pat Cosgrave finishing fifth just under three lengths behind the winner when trying a mile for the first time. Daniel enjoyed a hearty lunch with J-P Lim who has been a great supporter of ours from early days and shared a few adventures along the way. The next leg of the journey was of to CHelmsford where unfortunately Chica Rapida didn’t run much of a race and made the entire circuit driven of the M25 seem a very long way. She doesn’t really seem to have the guts to be a racehorse and put in a big effort on the track. The only silver lining has to be the credit one can give to Chelmsford in providing all the stable staff with a decent free meal, its a nice gesture for the people who work so hard to put on the show and it would be nice to see some other course follow suit.
Rav Garcha whose horses run under his Denarius consulting banner popped in to see his two year old filly Virtuous Belle, a big strong looking filly she has done a lot of growing and is about to start faster work. We had great fun training Dream Approval for Rav and Nathalie last season who won twice as a two year old so the pressure is on to keep the winning streak going.
On Friday it was another trip to the races, this time without any runners for the Racing Welfare race day at Haydock Park over the jumps. Its always a fun day and plenty of money is raised for the charity which supports the staff within the industry, particularly those just starting out in their first jobs – who are often a long way from home for the first time and need a bit of help with the transition. They also help those at the other end of their career along with helping those with other difficulties on the way. It is a physically demanding job, done more for love than money for the most part which can leave some a little vulnerable and Racing Welfare does a fantastic job of helping those in difficulty. It was great to catch up with Ian and Cath Booth who had shares in Affileo who won her first start before being sold to Team Valor International to continue her career, winning on her first start for them too. It was good to catch up with Jason Leach who has had shares in a couple including Disko who was our very first two year old winner and also gave us a great deal of excitement finishing fourth in the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket when making all the running and also fun day at York on Ebor Day when running in the Roses Stakes.
We spent the night at Wood Farm, Daniel headed back early in the morning to see the horses and meet a new client, whilst Claire spent a bit of time catching up with her family and looking at the horses on the stud.