Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Monday, 23 March 2020

Strange Times.

The Covid-19 virus has changed at least one aspect of stable life.
The kitchen at breakfast time.
Some horses feel they will join the general human inactivity, 

while others are full of the joys of spring.

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Plumpton Delight.

It was great to be racing again after so much bad weather and even better to come away with a winner at Plumpton 9th March.
Hab Sab, ridden by Dave Crosse ran in the 2 and a half mile novices handicap chase.  Dave intelligently used Hab Sab's light weight, and renewed enthusiasm back over fences after a couple of hurdles runs, to be prominent and set the pace from the off.  Hab Sab jumped really well and was obviously enjoying his free running role.  Going out on the final circuit he had a clear lead and the rest of the field were being pushed along from three quarters of a mile out.  There was only one real rival up the home straight and Hab Sab looked to have him held over the last.  Then the petrol began to run out and his rival was getting agonizingly closer as the finish line approached.  Dave managed to keep Hab Sab going and he held on for a 1 length victory.  This was a great boost for the yard and a deserving first success for his relatively new owners who were obviously delighted.

It was then great to celebrate with a champagne breakfast at the yard today with the traditional smoked salmon and cake in owner's colours.  There were even some "Crunchie" cakes as that is Hab Sab's stable name!

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Life Goes On.

The weather may have put a dampener on racing recently but it didn't stop the staff enjoying pancake day.  Tucking in produced a silence rarely heard in the kitchen!
 Dick prepares the pancakes.
The staff tuck in.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Track "Good To Slop".

The continuing wet weather has meant a lot of work for Paul on the gallops,

but the horses are managing to slop through it.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Lingfield Lessons.

Linda sent four horses to Lingfield this morning so that they could work on a better surface and more importantly get used to the racecourse environment.

They all seemed untroubled by the new surroundings and took no notice of the constant stream of planes overhead approaching Gatwick.  Afterwards a couple of owners who had been to watch helped with the cooling down walk.

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Battling The Elements

All the staff from Linda down have been working extra hard to keep the training of the horses going through the fearsome wet weather.  Rain from the road next to the gallop has meant that Paul has had to reinstate the all weather gallop on more than one occasion.
The water flows in from the road and inundates the gallops.
The horses have had to have their tails tied up before cantering, have had talcum powder applied to stop their heels from cracking and afterwards needed extra hosing down after work.
Tail tied up for the gallops.
Well done all the Southfield team for keeping the show on the road.