It's going to be a quiet time for us on the racetrack over the next month or so with just two horses fully fit and a handful who will be ready to run again towards the end of the year. Most of the team have been put on their winter holidays until the new year when they will start back in work again with the aim of being fit for the new turf season whilst we have some who are just having a short break now, ready to make the most of the slightly easier opportunities in January and February.
Arpina should be getting her head in front around that time as she ran a great race on her comeback at Chelmsford on Saturday evening. She got very jarred up on firm ground at Brighton in the summer so she had a month off to recover and is now back in top form.
Even though we're having less runners, that's not to say that we're sat at home twiddling our thumbs as all the holiday horses still need mucking out every day and we have a trio of yearlings to be getting on with.
All three are now being ridden having been taught all the groundwork and they seem to be very professional.
I was very happy to be sent Amberdaay's half-brother to train after she sadly died of colic very recently and he is doing his big sister proud with a very willing attitude and he looks a big and strong horse.
Carol Bushnell's grey filly Silver Shamrock looks quite racy and should be a two-year old type to provide her owner with some more success after a fruitful 2022 campaign.
Leon Trotsky is the other baby and he is learning all the time and is getting stronger with every day too.