We're back to full capacity of 28 faces in the yard again now after the horses on a winter break came back into work. Very hairy and slightly tubby, the gang will have 3 weeks on the walker to gradually build up their fitness before they start trotting and then eventually moving on to cantering work with the aim of a racecourse return in the Spring. We have a good mix of age groups for the 2017 campaign with old regulars such as The Ducking Stool and Duke Of Diamonds who can be relied upon to produce results whilst we also have some exciting three-year olds who have thrived during their holiday and could develop into anything. The great thing about this time of year is that you can dream about what might be during the long, dark nights.
Hopefully you will be able to view the following videos, the first is of Tallulah's Quest and Secret Strategy enjoying being back on the Heath as they start their trotting programme:
The second video is of our two-year olds being led by Veeraya in the following order: Sir Fred, Gas Monkey and the Arakan colt:
It will likely be a quiet week for us on the track with just two entries.
Cuban Queen is in at Kempton on Wednesday and I think she is a good deal better than what she showed at Southwell last time. The hood she wore that day seemed to be too effective as she was half-asleep so we'll take that off and see if the step up to 7f helps as well.
Then the only other runner will likely be Best Example at Chelmsford on Thursday. He made a step in the right direction last time by behaving in the stalls and then seeing out his race well at Lingfield. He is coming down to a competitve rating and I don't think it'll be long before he makes his presence felt.