Sell, sell, sell will be the motto of Newmarket this week as Tattersalls' biggest ever horses in training sale takes place. Now over five days from Monday - Friday, almost 2000 horses will be going through the ring as everyone tries to scout a bargain.
We have done well from this sale in the past and it is a case of sorting the wheat from the chaff as you run a fine tooth-comb through the form of the lots as well as inspecting them to make sure they aren't carrying any hidden injuries. Thankfully we have plenty of friends in other yards who can fill us in on their horses and hopefully it'll mean we come away with some nice ones.
We will also be selling too as Mungo Madness goes under the hammer as part of his owner's dispersal. He is a tough and sound horse who has been unlucky not to win and is now handicapped at a competitive level. He has good turf and all-weather form so should be a fun horse for someone to train.
Things have been a bit quiet recently on the racetrack as a number of our horses have now been sent on their winter holidays whilst the all-weather squad work their way back to full fitness.
We still have a few on the go though and Oceanus ran another great race to finish third at Yarmouth last week. He loves soft ground and it had probably dried out a bit too much for him but he still tried his best and picked up some prizemoney for connections.
We have loads of entries this week but over-subscribed fields mean that most of them probably won't get a run.
One who is definitely starting though is Gatillo at Leicester on Monday. He ran his best race yet for us at Yarmouth last time when we tried hold-up tactics so we will use them again and hope that the furlong less trip can help him see things out better.
Of our Wednesday entries, Sunset Bounty looks likely to be the only one to get a run at Kempton. She ran OK at Windsor last time but is still a bit green and this race will help give her some more experience for handicap races in the future.
Then on Thursday Candesta should head to Chelmsford. He has been working his way back to fitness after a summer break and had no luck from a wide draw last time. He has won at the track before so hopefully he can start to get back into some form.
Unfortunately there won't be a Harraton Herald newsletter this month due to a hectic schedule at the moment but it will be back at the end of November with all the latest news, views and photos from the team.
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