The going everywhere is desperately soft at the moment - and too soft for many of our horses. It certainly proved to be the case on Friday with Getaway Driver and Spanish Cruise. I will not dream of running them again until the conditions dry up a little. It means we will have a quiet next few weeks. Many of ours have had a mid season break and will not be ready to run again until the end of February. We have not even had a runner this weekend, which gave me time to go and look at the horses selling yesterday at Cheltenham. It proved to be an unsuccessful trip with the ones I was interested in making a bit too much money.....
So near yet so far....... Strongbow ran the race of his life so far to be third yesterday in the Totesport Classic. When he hit the front turning in, I really thought he might win, however he just got passed in the last 100 yards going down by two lengths. It really was a great performance especially as he is still a Novice and was the youngest horse in the race by a couple of years. He will only improve and he has some very exciting years ahead of him.
THE NEW YEAR IS STRUGGLING TO IMPROVE..... BUT WITH TODAY'S WINNER WE HAVE BEATEN LAST SEASON'S TOTAL
It's been a desperate start to the New Year for us. Tragically yesterday Hidden Keel broke a hind leg jumping the first at Cheltenham and had to be destroyed. It is never easy losing a horse, but when it is a horse like HK it hits the yard hard. Being only young, a huge amount was expected of him over the coming years and now we will never find out how good he could have been. It is even worse for the owners who bred him and was only a few months ago that Mrs Matthey died. Things can now only improve. Unfortunately that was not the case today at Plumpton. Strongbows Legend was a hot favourite and stumbled on landing half way through the race unshipping the jockey. Thankfully he is ok and we can look again in a few weeks time.