Wednesday, 24 July 2013

From Dawn till Dusk.

Racing at Southwell.  Up at dawn to load the lorry with She's Humble and an unraced 3 year old.  An early start to try to avoid the traffic and heat. Paul driving, Karen and Dick as grooms and Richard Young (Owner) aboard.
Arrived at Southwell after driving for 4 hours through heavy rain. 
Karen gave the 3 year old a racecourse gallop while the others looked at the chase course to assess Humble's chances.
The sun came out but the ground had changed from our intended "Good To Firm" to "Soft", not so good for Humble.  Still she looked great.
An error on the final circuit, added to the soft ground, finished her chance of a top three finish and she came 5th.  After an hour to let her recover it was back to the lorry for the trip home.
Arrived back at Southfield as the sun was setting.  A long day.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Movers And Shakers

Another jolly breakfast with fresh cherries from Dick's orchard to supplement the rolls, ham, pate, croissants, pain au chocolat, chocolate muffins and chocolate coated flapjacks.  Then a glass of champagne to celebrate Linda's mother's successful move to the stable annex.  Could this very French start to the day be a hint of racing destinations to come.

 Outside, She's Humble demonstrated her wellbeing in anticipation of a trip to the races this coming week.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Breakfast Briefing

The regulars had an interesting time today that illustrated the diverse features of stable life. First was the opportunity to watch Running Bull school over jumps.  After the disappointment of last Saturday's outing on the all weather at Lingfield he will be tried over hurdles at Stratford next week.
Then over a breakfast of sausages, bacon, scrambled egg, toast, chocolate brownies and lemon slices, Linda described her trip to France during the week.  She had met up with Nick and Sue Davies to discuss their horses, then visited Deauville Racetrack to view the sales and learn more about French racing with the intention of sending runners there in the future.
After that Rosemary's unbroken 2-y-o filly was brought out into the sunshine for inspection while plans for her future career were mulled over.