Despite the global economic crash, the bloodstock industry (as always) seems unaffected by what is going on outside the sales ring and it has been tricky this year to find good value at the sales. This week saw the Tattersalls August Horses in Training Sale take place in town and I was delighted to come home with a lovely horse.
It hadn't been easy though as we had seen most of our shortlisted lots go for unreasonably high prices as overseas bidders made the most of the internet bidding that has recently been brought in. However, it was worth biding our time as on the second day we managed to land lot 323, a lovely-looking bay colt from the Karl Burke stable called Productive. He had been recommended to us by one of the lads who works in the yard and they had said that the already good form he has shown to date could be improved upon by gelding him as his mind hadn't been 100% on the job recently. As he was formerly owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds who have been in the news lots recently after announcing they were leaving the UK horseracing scene, this horse had to be sold.
We didn't waste any time in getting the vet in to geld him and he has already had the procedure so hopefully we can make the most of the fitness he has after last running on 12th August. He will need a few weeks to settle into our routine and recover from the operation but it shouldn't be too long before he can make his debut for us and he seemed to enjoy his first day out on the Heath yesterday, calmly taking in his new surroundings.
Full details of how you can get involved in Productive's syndicate of owners is now on our OWNERSHIP PAGE but you'll have to be quick as there is only 20% of him left!
There were some more good efforts from the team last week with Mrs Meader going closest at Newmarket when finishing second. It was her first run for us since she switched stables and it was a really promising effort in a decent race with more to come. She will be better over further and loves the soft ground so can hopefully win before the season is out.
Another filly to run well was Divine Queen who finished third at Yarmouth. She too loves the soft ground and can hopefully get her head in front soon too.
We've been busy with plenty of runners over the past fortnight so it's no surprise that the coming week looks a bit quieter with just a handful of entries.
Limerick Lord bounced back to form last time with a win in the fog at Bath and that was just meant to be a pipe-opener for this race at Southwell, a track he has won at plenty in the past. He doesn't like to be crowded so the wide draw isn't a bother for him and now jockey Tyler Heard knows him well too. You can't rely on him too much to back up a good performance twice but I don't see why he shouldn't heading into the race.
Spanish Mane is entered at Bath on Wednesday but she only ran last week when fading late after racing a bit keenly in front so I doubt she will take her place as the ground looks likely to be soft too.
Noble Account will probably be our only other runner for the week as he is entered at Chelmsford on Thursday. He has been very frustrating and has never matched his very good homework on the racecourse yet but we know he has the ability to win this kind of race, I just hope he feels like showing it to everyone else one day!