It has been a week since I updated this section and we have had a busy time.
The horses have been continuing with their work; three quarters of them are now in full training and we have their first races mapped out. Hey Listen was one of the first to start off in pre training this summer and we were pleased with his level of fitness at Perth. We find that generally the older horses who have been in training here before come to hand quicker, while the new and younger horses take a little longer to get hard and fit. We are aware that every horse will improve for its first run, but have an idea of how they should perform first time out.
At Hexham, Rossamilan was fairly rung rusty and Bescot Springs was heavy for his debut; both horses running accordingly. Thomas Willmott had his first ride as a conditional on Bescot, after completing his conditional course the previous Friday. Thomas has a most professional attitude and he looks to have a good future in front of him: we will use his handy ten pound allowance as the season continues.
The horses continue to be schooled regularly; the Easyfix hurdles and fences, and our new small Easyfix fences have been moved to the main schooling ground where Ronnie and Will have made and improved the five flights of various obstacles. Pictured is the mare Miss Tiggy and Derek jumping this morning. We love to use the schooling for exercise, and all of those at Kilduff jump regularly including the two and three year olds who love jumping the logs and tyres around the farm.