It has been a busy old week with new horses, new owners, new roles, and a full day of ten runners at Perth to look forward to tomorrow.
Scu and Paul McIvor were successful at Newmarket, buying the winning three year old Red Missile at the Tattersalls Horses In Training sales. Having a short list of eight over the three days, there were a couple who failed our vetting, and a few over budget. However, Red Missile was Scu's favourite and highly recommended by his stable. A lithe gelding he showed a good attitude and lengthened away from his field in his most recent run over one and a half miles. He arrived home on Thursday and will race over hurdles and maybe also on the flat for Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan.
We have three new mares to add to the string too; Your Place is a half sister to our tough staying mare Rivabodiva, and this four year old has run in two bumpers in her native Ireland. She will run over hurdles in the autumn. Two five year old mares both of whom ran in point to points, one by Yeats Icee MBA and one by Westerner, West End Lady are both scopey and move well. They have started pre training and will be for sale.
Having been on the look out for a new head lad at Arlary, we have interviewed and trialled a number of applicants, but finally, we have decided to recruit from within and Cameron Wadge takes on the role. Cameron has worked here for three years, he knows our systems and we know him to be reliable and diligent. He will continue to ride as one of our amateur jockeys as well as overseeing the running of Arlary.
The horses continue to progress and this week we have worked a dozen on the grass to assess them. This morning it was a group of youngsters who galloped, watched by some of their owners. We can now plan the next few race meetings and introduce some of our unraced horses to the track.