We had two runners over the weekend, two-year-olds 'Quercus' and 'Lady Nectar', both showing plenty of promise. Quercus, a kind-natured colt by Nayef, made his racecourse debut at Thirsk. He showed a pleasing attitude and despite running out of steam in the final furlong was beaten only four lengths, giving us plenty of encouragement and something to build upon. In recent years, his owner Catherine Gledhill has been connected to three horses, all of which have won multiple races and we hope that Quercus will add to that tally in due course.
Lady Nectar came out of her race at Catterick well and so the decision was made for her to take her chance at York on Sunday. She ran well yet again and will now receive a mark, having had three starts in novice company. We're excited to see what she can do once handicapping.
From promising prospects to proven professionals...
Chant ran at Newcastle on Friday and didn't display the same flair and love for the game as he once did. The decision was quickly made that now was the right time to retire him, fit, happy and owing us absolutely nothing. He is a fabulous character and as many of you know, was a part of the woodwork here. Purchased as a yearling, the much smaller but rather round young colt was affectionately dubbed 'Frank The Tank' whilst he was being broken in, before graduating to the training ranks and receiving his rather more elegant racing name, courtesy of owner Ann Starkie.
Now a 9-year-old, his racing days are behind him, but he has so much more to offer and finding a grade A home was hugely important. Imogen has recently started full-time at Sun Hill after a couple of summers work experience, she knows the horse well, is well aware of all of his vices and virtues and is thrilled to have taken him home to reschool. It's always bitter sweet to say farewell to old friends but knowing he has a loving home makes it an awful lot easier - plus, we will be following his future endeavours with Imogen and will share news and photos with you all.
Chant has already fallen for his new friend and stablemate and is enjoying the end of summer with her in the paddock. Here's to the next verse!