It is lovely having clear bright mornings and sunny autumnal days but we are missing our rain and soft ground. With entries made for Carlisle, Kelso and Ayr we are unlikely to have many runners unless the rain starts and the going eases. I know that we trainers always moan about the weather but it has been a ridiculous year.
Anyway, we have had plenty to distract us with the horses working very nicely on the all weather woodchip gallop (which is riding better than ever thanks to little and often top ups of Jenkinson Equine Woodfibre) and we are progressing with the youngsters.
I have posted a video on the home page of some of the young ones trotting up the yard; a mix of two, three and four year olds they are covering plenty of miles and are all going very sweetly and in balance.
Scu and I were in Ireland again last Sunday at the Tinahely point to point where we saw more horses who will be at the Goffs sales on Thursday. It is invaluable to see the quality of the horses in each race, as well as to walk the track and have an idea of the going and undulations.
We have two 16.5% share remaining in Elmono, an active young horse who is ready to go novice handicap chasing at Musselburgh this season. He is in great form and, the other shareholders are in racing for enjoyment and the true sport so they would be good partners. Please check out the FOR SALE page for more details.
Many of you will be sad to hear that Mark is leaving us in the next few weeks; one of our longest serving members of staff, Mark shares the driving with Jaimie, but the arrival of baby Josh has prompted him to find a job with more regular hours. Having been here for over ten years he has helped in many ways, including work riding, being head lad, and latterly driving. We will miss him, but wish him all the best in a happy future with Josh and his wife Lisa.