What a super run from Ballyare at Newcastle, our first runner since lockdown and a battling second place for the young sprinter. Having had a short break he has come back better than ever and he should have plenty more opportunities to lose his maiden tag in the next few weeks.
Our other runners ran to a standard, but while Gripper needs further, Engles Rock should be suited by shorter; next time.
Steve, Steven and Derek travelled to Newcastle and were very impressed by the efficiency and effectiveness of the race day process. Obviously racing without owners or crowds is not ideal, but it gives us a chance to get the industry working again and the prize money earned is well deserved for Ballyare's patient owner. It will be good to have more runners in the coming month.
It was odd to watch from home, but needs must and Scu and the team here continue to work away to get the jumpers ready for July
We have had a few new additions to the team of horses, including the handsome and formally high class American Tom. A nine year old former Willie Mullins inmate, he has lost his way and having had some effective veterinary treatment with his owner and a nice break he looks ready to start pre-training. He should enjoy the varied gallops and work that he will have here, including the work on the water treadmill and I am looking forward to running him from September onwards. His owner has generously offered him on free lease in 10% or bigger shares; partners pay for his training and race fees only. Shares start at 10% for £240 per calendar month; please contact the OFFICE if you are interested. See his form HERE
American Tom joins Caboy our other free lease horse (5% shares at £120); I think this is a fabulous way to get involved in racehorse ownership for a realistic price and with no initial outlay.
Pictured are some of the pre trainers turned out in their individual paddocks this afternoon.