The week has flown past and having had plenty of racing we continue to prepare horses for the rest of the month.
Yesterday at Sedgefield Normal Norman was fifth on his chase debut, finding the track a bit on the sharp and fast side, while we did not run Bloorie due to the quick ground.
We have a runner on the flat at Musselburgh tomorrow; Engles Rock is top weight in the eight furlong race, and she is sporting cheekpieces for the first time. I think that she will be better suited by this flat track and she should be competitive.
We had a bumper morning on the gallops at both yards this morning, working on the grass were Balranald, American Tom, Charmix, and Saint Leo, all of whom galloped to the top. On the woodchip we had good pieces of work from Well Above Par, Sutton Manor, Buddha Scheme, Faire Part Sivola, and the young horses Mannochmore, Majestic Storm, and Thunder In Milan.
Pictured are Mannochmore and Thunder In Milan working third time up.
There is a great atmosphere on the yards and with the jockeys riding better than ever we are proud to be ahead of our previous total winners for the past three years. All of the jockeys work hard on the yard and deserve their success and it is noteworthy that Stephen is currently riding at a 23% win strike rate for this season. Thomas was in today, he has been spending the weekdays at the IJF Jack Berry House, keeping his fitness levels up, and has a scan this week to check how his collarbone and shoulder blade are healing. We are looking forward to having him back riding for us.