After the uncertainty following the announcement of another month-long UK lockdown last week, things were cleared up slightly recently with the news on how it would affect horseracing. Thankfully, the sport comes under the 'elite' banner so can continue like professional football with strict covid regulations in places and there was some leniency shown to owners in that they will still be allowed to attend, albeit in a reduced capacity. The new rules are that only two owners per horse will be allowed to go racing with no catering facilities on course and you will only be allowed there 45 minutes before your race and have to leave straight after. It's not great to be honest but it's better than not being allowed to attend at all so if you really need your racing fix then do attend but I can't say I recommend it until the lockdown ends and things improve.
It is just as well then that we have a lot fewer horses to run now as most of the team have been put away on their winter holidays and won't be back in work until the new year. We will still have 10 or so horses to run on the all-weather along with the babies who are being brought along steadily ahead of next season so there is still plenty to do at home. With a lull in things, it was a good time to send young Sam off away for some experience and he will start work tomorrow at Gary Moore's yard down in Sussex where he will hopefully stay until Christmas time. With over 100 horses on the yard, it'll be a bit of an eye-opener for him but the hope is that his riding will improve and learning how other yards do things will be no harm at all.
We have just a couple of entries this coming week starting with Smokey Malone on Thursday at Chelmsford. We gave him two runs earlier in the year when he was probably still a bit of a weak two-year old and in the time off since then he has strengthened and grown quite a lot so hopefully he can run a bit better too. This will be his third career run to qualify him for handicaps and that will be where we will aim him at later this year.
The other entry for the week is Valletta Sunset at Lingfield on Saturday. He showed good promise in his maiden races but hasn't matched that since in handicaps. We know he has the ability to run well off his current rating, we just need to get him to show it on a racetrack!
Last week I told you about the new horses who have recently joined the yard and I am now pleased to offer one for syndication. Saray Prince is very good looking chestnut gelding by top sire Exceed and Excel and he is out of a much-sought after Dubawi mare. He was unarmed for Simon Crisford but is only two-years old and came recommended from the yard. 10% shares cost just £150 with £200 per month all-inclusive training fees. For more details, check out the OWNERSHIP page or email firstname.lastname@example.org