I have always enjoyed buying horses from the breeze-up sales and it is usually a good source of winners for us too so I was more than happy to spend plenty of time up at Tattersalls this week trying to source some more young talent.
We watched all the horses gallop on the Rowley Mile racecourse on Wednesday and made a long list of horses who caught our eye before whittling that down to a smaller shortlist after inspecting the horses back at the stable yard. Then it was just a case of trying to find the best value from the list.
I had to take my time and be patient but it was worth the effort as I am very happy with the two fillies who came back with us.
The first purchase was a very flashy chestnut filly by speed stallion Starspangledbanner who will race in the lilac colours of Steve Clarke. She looks a ready-made two-year old and hopefully it won't be long before she hits the racecourse.
The second purchase was another filly by a top stallion in Siyouni. She showed a great attitude in her gallop and has a very kind temperament which will stand her in god stead for her racing career. She has lots of potential on the racetrack but also has residual value for a breeding career afterwards too.
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There was no chance of us getting wet watching the breeze-ups this week as it was another bone dry spell but thankfully there is some rain forecast in the coming days and it is much needed. The weather seems to be all or nothing in recent years with periods of flooding followed by drought-like times. Everywhere needs a drop of rain and looking at all the entries later in the week, every other trainer is expecting it to come and is ready to run their horses on the softer ground.
We have a good few horses entered on the turf at the end of the week but before then we head to the all-weather at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.
Piranhadrama hasn't been putting it all in in her recent races so we're trying different things on her this time with eye shields applied and Sam claiming 7lbs off her back. She has the ability to win off this rating if she is on going day.
Party Planner ran a better race last time and looked ready for a step up in trip. We have been very lucky to get Hollie Doyle on board and she seems to get any horse to win so hopefully she can work her magic on this filly.
On Friday we have entries at Nottingham which will have hopefully seen a bit of rain by then.
Cabrini will be having her second career run and it will be another step towards handicap races for her whilst Shifting Gold can hopefully get a run there too. We bought her in March and have been very happy with her since she arrived. She seems a very straightforward filly and will give the N.E.T. Racing Club plenty of fun this year.
Engrave is also entered and the following day at the same course too but she might get balloted out of both races. If she does get a run, she should go well if she can translate her winning all-weather form to the turf.
Spanish Mane could also run at Nottingham too and I expect her to take a big step forward from her first run of the season where she got pretty tired in the closing stages. She's a reliable and tough mare who is very consistent when back to full fitness.
The other entry on Saturday will be Heer's Sadie. She is improving with every race and this will be her last one before she can run in handicaps which will be much more winnable for her.