Whilst it’s been quite quiet on the runners front, it’s been a busy time for us nevertheless, and it’s about to get even busier – I fly to Ireland tomorrow for Fairyouse sales, returning on Wednesday evening. I then get a return flight to Perth on Thursday to meet Marcus Antonius’ owners and watch Marcus run, and then fly out to Ireland again the following Tuesday for three days for the Orby sale. I will be joined on these trips by various owners, and hopefully in a couple of weeks time I will have news of two or three more yearlings that have joined the team.
We had an interesting day last Thursday when we played host to a bunch of MP’s who were visiting a couple of yards in Epsom, and the racecourse itself, as part of the Horses Come First campaign, which is aimed at promoting the high welfare standards that are an important and fundamental part of British Racing. They seemed genuinely interested in the care and attention that goes into keeping racehorses sound, healthy and most importantly happy, and were also pleasantly surprised by the amount of work that goes into finding them a second career once their racing days are over. Of course, these are things that trainers have been doing for years, but the general public (and politicians) would be unaware of this due to some of the adverse publicity that for some reason gains a louder voice in the media. Things are definitely improving in this sphere though, and campaigns such as this can only help.
Intomist did his bit to make the day more enjoyable by running a great race at Epsom that afternoon, coming with a late rattle to finish third. It showed that whilst his handicap mark has shot up this season due to three wins and three seconds earlier in the year, he can still remain competitive. It was just a shame that on the rain softened ground he just couldn’t find his feet early doors, and at one point looked like finishing tailed off, but once he hit the rising ground it was a different story. He may return to Epsom next Sunday for another 7f race.
It has been a slightly frustrating time with our runners, a particular case in point being Sonnetation, who managed to finish 2nd twice in the space of 5 days at Kempton. Sha has turned into a really consistent horse, and has deserved to get her head in front more than just the once this season. She will probably have one more run this year before being put away for the season.
We tend to have quite a good finish to the year, and whilst I don’t have that many horses to run, it would be nice to think we could add to our tally with another few winners, and try to achieve our target of 20 winners for the year. We have a few horses that are returning from breaks that we will be aiming at the all weather, so I am not without hope!