In the world of flat racing, a four year old is technically an 'older horse', though in the real world and the majority of other equestrian disciplines, they are considered very much a youngster. So it is unsurprising that a big mare like 'Toboggan's Gift' is only just starting to come into herself and the grand age of four! She has strengthened up immeasurably over the winter and is starting to demonstrate that she has the abilty to win races, just like her mother 'Toboggan Lady' who was trained here at Sun Hill to win three times. Toboggan's Gift hinted at a liking for an all-weather surface when at Wolverhampton a couple of weeks ago, running her most encouraging race to date. Finishing second on the Southwell sand yesterday was certainly a step in a positive direction.
'Toboggan's Gift' trots up soudly this morning.
Horrendous conditions today as the North is issued with weather warnings and threats of 70-80mph winds. Traffic cones litter the A1, trees have fallen across the narrow country lanes and fire engines are busy coming to the aid of those unfortunate enough to have been affected. Luckily for us, the whole yard has just received their flu vaccinations and are having a quiet day today anyway so aside from blowing shavings from here to high heaven, the storm hasn't affected the working morning too badly.