"Racehorses for sale" is a sentence you need to be seeing more frequently or so I am advised, but more on that later because Hilary J is definitely not one of them! She has been a superstar for the yard this year after an injury kept her not only off the track for the entire season last year, but confined to her box for about twelve weeks, her patience and that of her wonderful owners "Rosamund and Elizabeth Stott" has paid off in good style this year. Her form figures read 3-2-3-1-3-1-3-4 and her close up fourth (beaten a short head and half a length) in the class 2 sunbets.co.uk Top Price Templegate Tips Handicap, a fifty thousand pounds added race at Doncaster on Saturday, confirm her potential as an improving filly for next season. That's it for "Hilly" as she is affectionately known, a holiday out in the paddocks rolling around in the mud beckons for this exciting daughter of Mount Nelson who's other daughter here is a very racy yearling filly who is available under the soon to be repeated banner of............
Racehorses for sale.
Apparently the more I use those lovely three little words, the more they get picked up by search engines and the more likely we are to attract new owners. Although the words "patient" "good" "proper racing enthusiats" should also accompany any advert, after all - adverts in Horse and Hound and the like, always repeat mantras such as "for sale to a good home only" or "no timewaster please". Imagine the adverts.....
Racehorses for sale to good owners only with sense of adventure (in case we enter your horse at Wolverhampton) an oil well in your back garden may also prove useful.
The weekend was 'quietly busy'. At Doncaster on Saturday the great character "Yarmie" (famous for persuading naughty horses to go in stalls and often seen on telly loading his erstwhile equine students in to the gates ahead of big and small races, often for the poweful Newmarket yards. Not that he confines himself to working for Newmarket trainers alone, I once sent him to Barbados to sort out a naughty one out which he managed to do in no time although instead of achieving his task in a few days, I think he would rather have taken a few weeks! The horse in question belonged to great friends of ours and was called "Gio Verde".
As well as being renowned for his quiet handling of the odd lunatic and disruptive equine athlete he is almost as well known for his love of "Newkarket sausages" and wherever he travels to for his stalls work, he takes a few bags of the things with him to dish out to old mates. Luckily he likes George and I - even if I did once - many years ago, hijack him at Catterick races and brought him home to Sun Hill to teach me his tricks for stalls schooling before finally letting him leave to catch his train. I have never forgotton those tips and his lessons, and many a potential "tricky situation" has been averted thanks to "Yarmie". Suffice to say that not only were we very pleased with our fillies performance on Saturday but we have also enjoyed the Newmarket sausages that came home in my handbag courtesy of the great character "Yarmie".
Racehorses for sale ... contiunes and I was very pleased to find owners for three of the darlings last week, eight have come back home today to join the five colts who came back from the farm last week. Those five by Canford Cliffs, Foxwedge, Power, Zebedee and Equiano are all cantering really nicely, all walk through the stalls and all of them have been brilliant on the water treadmill, it is amazing how well and how quickly they take to it and how much they love splashing around. Team Storey were back in action today having managed to clip a dozen or so including the hunters last week, this time thery were over at the farm breaking in more yearlings while Anna and Allen crack on with the youngsters who came home this morning. On the track Rowan landed his 26th winner and is close to equaling his best tally last year. He is really improving and looking much stronger, the years of patience and tutoring are paying off and we are delighted to see him doing well.