We had a busy week looking for new talent at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales and didn't come home disappointed with three purchases plus an extra two yearlings who were very kindly sent to us by their breeders.
Owner Carol Bushnell loves all the homework that goes into looking for a new horse and I think she has found a lovely one after she bought a stunning colt by first-season sire Vadamos from Book 2 of the sale.
His half-sister did very well as a two-year old last year whilst the reports on his sire's stock have been good with lots of people complimenting their straight-forward attitudes.
The market at Book 3 of the sale proved very competitive with many of our shortlisted lots going for way above the value we thought they were worth but luckily our patience paid off as we eventually did get one off the shortlist in the shape of a strong-looking grey colt by Outstrip.
He looks like a bull and has a great walk which are all very promising signs at this early stage. He is related to a speedy two-year old so he should be hitting the track early next year and will give his syndicate of owners a lot of fun.
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Not long after this colt had been through the ring, another one off our shortlist came through and we also secured her. By top sprinter Hot Streak, this filly looks very speedy and can hopefully be a sharp type for the 2020 season.
Along with this trio we were sent a colt by Tamayuz and a filly by Heeraat who didn't quite sell for as much as the breeders had hoped so they have very kindly sent them to us to train. With the two yearlings we bought as foals, Ross is going to be busy pre-training all seven yearlings over the coming weeks as they begin their careers as racehorses.
Everyone keeps asking how our new stables are coming along and I keep forgetting to take a photo but I'm pleased to say I got one this week and it is just before the roofers come in to complete the work. As you can see, all of the brickwork is done and the new stables are bigger and should have better air flow than the previous ones. After the roofing there is just the odd bits to do like the electrics and putting the doors on so hopefully it won't be long before horses' heads are popping out of each stable.
As you can tell, there's loads going on at home so the fact we haven't got too many horses fit to run at the moment isn't a worry although the team of all-weather horses are just having their final gallops now before they are ready to get back in action in the coming weeks.
This week we will have just one runner in Highway Robbery at Windsor on Monday. It will be another ride for our amateur jockey Sam who gave the horse a great ride to finish third at Wolverhampton the run before last. The ground is likely to be pretty soft so that would be an unknown but he has a high knee action which usually suggests a horse will handle deep ground. There are 15 runners with mostly inexperienced riders on board so anything can happen but we know Sam will give him a sensible ride and hopefully it will be rewarded with a good result.
Four To Follow Competition
Our Four To Follow Competition comes to an end with Great Yarmouth's final meeting of 2019 on Tuesday and unfortunately we won't be represented there with any runners. Ann Buy has led the standings for a long time and cannot be caught but it is still tight for the minor honours so we will have a full list of the final standings in next week's blog.