We had a social day yesterday with members of the Kestrel Partnership coming to see Cockle Bay. Sheila, Mary, and Luke saw him on the gallops having one of his first canters and were delighted with the physical progress that he has made. Our pre training program is extensive but it is producing the results that we had hoped for and it is satisfying when owners can see the improvement too. Cockle Bay is pictured with Forest Des Aigles.
Also in were Julia and Alexander Trotter who have officially named their three year old homebred 'Crumbs'. By Fair Mix and out of point to point winner Granary House the tall grey is a super mover and with Derek's careful breaking in is very relaxed and obedient. He is trotting and cantering on the sand gallops and will soon move to the farm for more work. He could be one of the nicest horses that the Trotters have had which is pretty good as their highly rated chaser Bold Sir Brian has set the bar high.
Also being officially named is 'Aurora Thunder' the three year old filly by Malinas who Allson Sparkle bought at Goffs Doncaster. She is a little further forward than Crumbs and is already at the farm trotting and lobbing around the fields.
This morning we had arrivals from Eric Gillie; back in training is John Murray and Lynne Maclennan's Newtown Lad, and up from Ascot sales is Ask The Tycoon. I am so pleased with Ask The Tycoon, the four year old point winner who is a hardy athletic type. Despite two days traveling he came off the box like a lion and looks fresh and well in himself. There is a video clip of him trotting up on the home page, and a photo of him on our Facebook page; he is very handsome (and for sale).