It was a quiet week on the racecourse for us but that gave us a good chance to get to Tattersalls' Ascot August Sale on Tuesday where we had made a shortlist of lots and went round inspecting them beforehand. As seems to be the case now, the market was strong but I was delighted with what I bought and think we found some excellent value.
Already moved into the number one stable in the yard is what I think is a queen of a two-year old called Divine Queen. She is by the most promising stallion in the world in Kingman and comes from a lovely family of Group-race performers - her mother was placed in a Group 3 race whilst her half-sister won a Listed race. There is plenty more to come from the family too as she has a half-sister by Dansili in the prestigious Tattersalls Book 1 yearling sale and a foal by Sea The Stars. She is obviously going to become a very valuable breeding prospect at some stage and we hope to add to that by getting herself some good racing results.
Divine Queen has had one race to date when looking very green but she is a tall filly who would have been weak at that stage and she is the type to improve massively from two to three years of age as she strengthens and matures.
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We didn't just come home with one horse though as also joining the team is a three-year old gelding called Inceyquincyspider. Sired by top sprinter Requinto and out of a mare who is from a good family of milers, he looks like a horse who is bred for 7f/1m races but his only race to date was over hurdles! Unsurprisingly, he travelled well that day before getting tired and not staying the two mile distance. A switch to our flat-based yard and a different training regime could be just what he needs and he may have been overlooked at the auction when we bought him.
He only ran three weeks ago so shouldn't take long to get ready to run again and the plan is to campaign him through the rest of the turf season and on the all-weather in the winter.
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The turf season keeps rolling on and the weekends seem to get more and more packed with racing as courses try to cash in on summer holiday crowds. It does make life in a yard difficult as the staff need weekends off to have a life but then that is when most yards are busiest. The BHA says that staff need to be given more time off but then they make the fixture list bigger and bigger every year! Luckily we can juggle things around to give everyone the break they deserve and this week the riders and horses had a very chilled day out at the beach at Holkham after we took some horses for a day out there. It's good to get the horses in the sea as it is a nice change for them but also the cold salt water is good to ease any aches and pains they may have.
We'll be back to the seaside next Sunday with a couple of entries at Brighton but before then we have a few runners with chances.
Miss Green Dream is entered at Kempton on Wednesday but I only put her in there because ideal races are hard to find for her at the moment and this is probably a class above what she wants but she may take her chance if there aren't many runners.
Then on Friday we have Sir Fred and Highway Robbery entered in the same race at Wolverhampton. I was expecting there to be more entries than there are so I doubt they will run against each other with Robbie being the preference. They both have a low weight so it'll be a good opportunity for our amateur jockey Sam to have another ride and he would have a good chance on either horse as conditions suit both of them.
The following day we'll be back to Wolverhampton with another pair of runners.
We know Sea Shack likes the course after some great efforts in defeat there last winter. He ran well in the circumstances last time and he should be spot on for a big run here.
Going with him will be Any Smile who will making her debut for us after we bought her in July. She has settled in very well but it was hard to find a good starting point for her with no ideal races in the calendar. This should be the right distance and course for her but it is a grade higher than I would have liked. She does gallop at home better than her rating however so maybe she is up to the task. We will learn plenty more about her after this run anyway.
Rounding off the week will be a trip to Brighton on Sunday with another couple of entries.
Noble Account missed a race there last week because we wanted to freshen him up a bit more and I'm glad we did because he is back to himself now. He ran well in a Class 4 race at the track last time so a repeat of that in a lower grade this time should see him involved in the finish once again.
Limerick Lord may head down with him and everyone knows that he will give it his best shot and has a chance if things go his way.