We are excited about the new season for all of our young horses, some of whom had an educational run at the end of last season. Jaisalmer ran a very encouraging race at Warwick finishing sixth in a very competitive bumper. Bloody Nose also ran his first race at Warwick and Plantagenet experienced the race track for the first time at Exeter. Both ran on ground that was a little too fast for them to show us what they will be capable of on softer going, but both showed promise.
Roberts Star came good in impressive style at Warwick at the end of last year and he has been jumping well in the school recently in preparation for work over fences as the ground eases. He had a bad time with the virus last year but is a bonny little horse who should continue to improve and become a force to be reckoned with in staying chases.
Damby’s Star is a compact Kayf Tara gelding who has not had a lot of luck. He was working brilliantly at the beginning of last season when he sustained a pelvic injury but we were much encouraged by his couple of runs at the end of last season although he did not enjoy the good ground at Fontwell. He had only a short holiday so will be one of our earlier runners this season.
Balinroab and Lord Valentine are a pair of big old fashioned chasers who suffered badly with a virus that we had last year but are both back in fast work now and will also run as early as we get some reasonable ground. Balinroab is 17 hands but makes too much effort at fences so we are going to give him a try over hurdles where he is slightly more reasonable handicapped. Lord Valentine has been plagued by niggly injuries but goes a good gallop and stays all day so he will now go straight chasing.
We have several horses that we have decided need a change of career and are looking for new owners who want to do some ROR competitions. Carmino has already been around a hunter trial and is basically schooled on the flat and is on the market for £2000 and Lady Overmoon is a sweet good moving, big jumping mare who the right person could have a lot of fun with on a loan basis. Hortense Mancini is a good looking chestnut mare who can be a bit sharp but that is mainly because she would prefer not to be a racehorse and I am sure that she would thrive with a one to one relationship with her rider.
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