The fizz was flowing at breakfast this morning as one of our owners celebrated his 70th birthday. Some had been able to celebrate with him earlier in the week in a box at Plumpton Racecourse so it was time for the others to join in today. As an added bonus the sun shone while the horses cantered on the gallops.
Once again the stable was blessed with glorious weather for its Open Day. The owners were greeted with a glass of fizz at the gate and received a very professional looking brochure (by Emmelia Potts) detailing the staff, horses for sale, owners and their sponsors and what happens to the horses after their racing careers are over.
Linda and fizz greet the owners at the gate.
The owners then had the opportunity to view their horses and socialize while enjoying top ups and nibbles.
Later everyone moved round to the lawn to watch the parade of horses with Linda's informative commentary.
Breden with travelling companion Willow.
All the horses looked magnificent, their coats shining in the sunshine. Prizes were given out for the "Three To Follow" competition and this year's was set in motion.
The hard working staff then received a round of appreciative applause.
There then followed a buffet lunch with plenty more to drink. A big thank you to Linda and the staff for putting on this very successful event.
Breden took part in the Shergar Cup at Ascot today giving all the connections another great experience. Being Breden it was no surprise when the heavens opened a few minutes before race time but on this occasion it did not make a significant difference to the going. Australian jockey Mark Zahra, riding for the Rest Of The World team, held Breden up at the rear until turning into the straight. He made up a bit of ground but 7th was the best he could manage on this occasion. Still he earned nearly £2000 in prize money and Mark had the satisfaction of being part of the winning team.
The foreign phrase books have been put away as Australian jockey Mark Zahra, representing the Rest of the World team, was drawn to ride Breden in the mile handicap at Ascot's Shergar Cup meeting on Saturday.
There is an air of excitement and anticipation at the yard today as we are just hours away from declaring Breden at the Shergar Cup at Ascot (Please don't rain hard this time). Then Linda will know who is down to ride him in this international team competition. Japanese, French and Spanish phrase books and Apps are at the ready to give the necessary instructions.
After all the excitement and anticipation of a runner at Royal Ascot the heavy rain through the afternoon on Wednesday meant that Linda had to pull Breden out of The Royal Hunt Cup. It was a great shame but the ground change made it unsuitable for him. Hopefully by saving him there will be more success to come this season.