Our Fallabella pony Bonnie is always a popular attraction at the yard as she is full of character and roams around the place like she owns it. She is always up to mischief with her main goal being food and a video of her antics this week spread like wildfire across the internet and got her global attention. Shelley caught her red-handed sneaking into the feed room and upon interrogation, Bonnie was guilty as charged! The video can be seen HERE and had over 36,000 views on Twitter as well as more on Facebook. Now Bonnie is a celebrity, let's hope she is still happy to do her day job of travelling with nervous horses to the races in the horsebox and doesn't want a limo!
We have another miniature member of the team now as this week saw a foal friend arrive for our only foal 'Little Ducky'. The pair have buddied up very well and are pretty inseparable already. They have another year together in the paddocks to mature and grow before beginning their own racehorse adventures.
The horses didn't shine much last week but these things happen and on the plus side they should all be given some respite from the handicapper. It would be nice for them to run well all the time but sometimes the weight on their back catches up with them.
Hopefully things can go better this week and we will be kicking off things with Maazel at Windsor on Monday.
He too was too high in the ratings but is dropping down to a more suitable mark now and looks ready to win soon. Our amateur jockey Chloe will be having her second ride on him and he should give her a good spin with any result being a nice bonus.
You'll usually find Limerick Lord at Brighton or Southwell and with the latter's season not yet started, he'll be heading to the seaside once again on Tuesday. He has had a bit of time off to freshen up and seems to be in good order at home. The wide draw should suit him as he doesn't like being crowded so fingers crossed he will be in the prize money once again for owner Steve Clarke.
Our third and final runner of the week will be Wilson at Nottingham on Wednesday. We've twice tried him over 1m2f since buying him in July but he doesn't seem his best over that far so we're dropping him back to a mile this time and hopefully that sees him fare better. He is very laid back at home but has plenty of ability and the handicapper is gradually letting his rating slide to a mark he can be competitive off.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD (ends 24th October)
Rita Aspland 149
Tony McGovern 137
Dominic Lisle 136
Ged Turley 134
Paula Smith 133
Tony Peacock 132
Simon Kirk 132
Terry Mortimer 130
Mark Arlidge 128
Rod Gleed 126