A quiet day on the yard for a Monday as the horses had a routine canter and a couple schooled, including Gars Bar Dine who runs tomorrow at Newcastle. Our event rider, Gregor Knox, continues to jump the horses in the school in addition to their normal work, jumping over poles and grids. His place in our team has been evident with a number of the novice hurdlers jumping very smoothly and efficiently, in particular, Mint Gold and Crumbs both of whom were virtually foot perfect on their recent races.
Steve kindly drove to Middleham to pick up our new arrival, Gemologist, a four year old mare by Sir Percy who will run at Musselburgh and Perth this spring. A light framed athletic bay, she has been placed over hurdles already and seems to like good ground. She is pictured on arrival home to South Kilduff.
The ground was very soft to bottomless at the Limerick point to point yesterday where Scu and I were to watch the first four year old mares race, and some other interesting contests. As the sleet and rain continued we had to call stumps once our race programs turned to mush and we could barely see the horses race. The meeting was abandoned after the fourth race and we warmed up in the car through a snowstorm on the way back to Dublin, only to find our return flight cancelled.
We will welcome any more rain at Newcastle tomorrow where we have two runners. Gars Bar Dine made a satisfactory start to his chasing career last time at Ayr, and it would be great if he can build on that run.
Deepsand loves very heavy going and he is back down in grade on his second run after a break. He is a keen going sort but with his favoured conditions he could be another to run above his price.