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The Lull Before The Storm!

This entry was posted on 2015-03-03 by Caroline.

We had a quiet week last week but it's difficult not to be infected by ''Cheltenham Fever''. Who will run in which race? Are the stars firing on all cylinders? The debates go on - Our own star boy Bally Legend came out of his brilliant run at Kempton in great form, and after a quiet few days is now building up for his race at Cheltenham on Thursday. He did a great piece of work yesterday with Judge Davis (pictured left) and was bouncing today.

The ground is a bit of a mystery, on the one hand Wincanton is abandoned because of water logging, and then Cheltenham have mentioned the dreaded word ''watering''.

Our novice hurdlers Cloudy Lady, Knight Ofthe Realm and A Bitter Affair are now entered at Chepstow on Saturday. With a warmer, drier end to the week forcast I am hopefull they will get a run. It is the first meeting of the season at Stratford on Monday and Midnight Lira has an entry in the 2m7f handicap chase. The ground is reported to be better there so the step up in trip should suit her. Haverstock is entered at Taunton on the same day, so i shall have to be split in two!

Having a few days with no runners allows time for assesment of the merry band of babies who i am glad to report are making excellent progress - My unnamed 4yr old by Mariendbard 'Bertie' is finding his work very easy and appears to have a few extra gears now he has strengthened. He will soon be ready for a bumper. He jumps particualarly well too so will be an exciting prospect. He is ready for a new owner to start the journey with him and if anyone is interested please call me or Izzi in the office.

Peter Hart's youngster Quarryman is also doing some pleasing work. He is half brother to Jack By The Hedge, who did so well for us last season. He will definetly need good ground for his debut bumper so we may have to wait a few more weeks yet.



Another smart 4yr old is 'Ted' by Midnight Legend. He is a strong, forward sort who is doing everything very easily on the gallops. He has started jumping and pops everything like an old pro. He is also for sale and is a very promissing youngster to become involved with.



It is so gratifying to have such a promissing bunch of youngsters to look forward to. Realistically they are next seasons horses but all are forward enough to get to the track this spring. Lots to look forward to!

Another of our classy youngsters Prince Mahler ran for Pat at Cothlestone Point to Point on Sunday. Robbie Henderson looked after him beautifully and he jumped and galloped in to contention 3 out only to tire 2 from home in the incredibly sticky ground. A very promissing start, he learnt alot and was very pleased with himself. Pat hopes he will be ready to run again at the Mendip P2P in 3 weeks time along with River Indus and General Girling. It is always very competitive racing at Ston Easton because the course is so beautifully prepared.  However we do get the chance to catch up with all our friends from the Mendips which is fun too. 





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