With two race course gallops this week our as yet unraced juveniles have been kept very busy indeed. On Tuesday we helped Thirsk racecourse by taking four youngsters to gallop around the re-aligned bend in the presence of officials from the BHA. We might have been providing a service for Thirsk as they needed four horses, working at racing pace and ridden by jockeys, including PJ who happens to be the jockeys Northern safety rep but also James Sullivan, Rowan and George who although retired many years ago, will have ridden more winners at Thirsk than he can remember.
This morning we returned to the track, this time at Ripon with eight two year olds and five older boys and girls. The morning was filmed by Hayley and put together in amusing fashion, while much of the footage is speeded up the horses work is in 'real time'. Certainly, it seems we have unearthed some more winners, juvenile and otherwise and although some of the babies were very green and in need of more experience they showed enough ability to get excited about, only one filly worked disappointingly but she returned home and scoped dirty by the vet. We also worked two long distance horses and three horses over seven furlongs. At home Julie was over seeing the remainder of the horses cantering on the round canter with the recent Irish breezers being ridden from the farm. The very smart and speedy looking colt by Intense Focus was snapped up last night by an existing owner, and all four of the Irish breezers are looking full of promise and are coming along nicely.
Tomorrow promises to be another busy morning but with so many galloping away from home this week there will be a few less to work, giving us an extra opportunity to do some more stalls practice, it will be a fun morning because we are not having to dash off to go racing and the really good news is that Nancy is coming to see her beloved champion "Red Charmer".
Roll on breakfast...................................