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Sunny Days!

This entry was posted on 2015-04-14 by Caroline.

You would be forgiven for thinking summer has arrived with the glorius weather we have had recently. However if, like me, you are up early to feed it's a different story with temperatures close to freezing reminding us it is still only early April.

The ground is drying up fast which is given as cause for concern - should we wait and hope for rain or have a last run on good to firm? Unless you have a horse who particularly needs quick ground it is a "no brainer", as jarring up a nice horse at this time of year is not clever. I didn't declare Strawberry Hill at Chepstow for this reason but it did mean I was at home to watch every minute of the brilliant coverage of the Grand National. Our main jockey James Best was having his first ride, but despite having a great position in to the first his horse jumped too well and crumpled on landing. What a race, Many Clouds was superb throughout, such a brave decision to run such a talented horse so early in his career. It proved to be spot on. Our thoughts go to Balthazar King and his lass Hannah who I know worships this horse and must be very worried as he recovers at the veterinary hospital. I understand he has some broken ribs, the same happened to Double Silk in the national who I was closely associated with in the 1980's - He made a full recovery and won again afterwards so we will have our fingers firmly crossed.

Canarbino Girl loves the dry ground and she will run at Fontwell on Friday. Then we will have a nice young mare Chita's Gamble having her first run in the mares bumper at Newton Abbott on Monday. Midnight Lira has entries at Kempton and Ludlow next week both 3m handicap chases. Her appearance at either will be ground dependant. 

It is all about the babies at the moment. Quarryman was very well behaved in his first outing at Taunton last week, this was a great relief as he can be a bit comical at home! Adam Wedge was very complimentary about him. He will need further over hurdles but ran well for a long way before being caught out when they quickened. Another run for experience would be ideal before he goes out to grass, he is a nice prospect for next season. Our other 4yr olds by Fruits of Love, Marienbard, Mahler, Craigsteel and Midnight Legend are all handling the work well but none of these will run this spring as they need the summer to mature.  

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