Having languished in the cold trainers list for a few weeks, Sonnetation fired us to the top of the hot trainers list with 2 wins in the space of a week. It just shows how these statistics should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Horses may be running well enough without winning for a period, and you can quickly find yourself a ‘cold trainer’. Then within a week all of a sudden you’re the ‘hottest trainer’! I’ve given up paying too much attention to these stats – you’d drive yourself mad if you took too much notice.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t take any notice at all when a trainer is in blinding form, or is really struggling for winners. There is no doubt that for some reason, when a yard is flying their horses are well worth a second look, and when they’re running inexplicably poorly they should be treated with caution. All I am saying is that just taking Racing Post statistics at face value is potentially misleading. And if I could bottle the ingredient that sees a yard hit a hot streak I’d be a rich man, and a very succesful trainer!
Several of our horses have now headed off for a winter break, and Sonnetation joined them this week. She has been so progressive this year, and her form figures for her last 6 races have been 132211, seeing her go up 16lbs in the process, so this is a much deserved holiday. We turn them out together 24/7 (apart from the colts), and make sure they are well rugged up and given plenty of good quality feed. Just like ourselves, this gives them a chance to recharge their batteries before coming back into training.
I’d like to mention a really creditable success for the Jim Boyle’s Ex-Racehorses Quadrille team, put together by my wife Pip, and trained by Amanda Birch Dressage Music, who yesterday won a Quadrille competition at Strictly Come Dressage, held at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre. They had only practised together 4 times, and it provides further proof what a great job these wonderful animals can do after their racing careers are over. For those of you that don’t know what a Quadrille entails, please click on the link below to view the video of their performance, which was set to music from the Ascot Gavotte scene from the film My Fair Lady.