We’re having a pretty big clear out of horses this spring, some that haven’t made the grade, some that are not particularly well handicapped and a few that would benefit from a change of scenery.
We’re still finalising exactly what is going to the Doncaster May sales but the entries are:
West Street, Dominateur, Monkey Puzzle, Pontresina, Kaphumor, Brummie Boys, Norley and Le Boulevardier....
The following horses have already or are about to move on.
Vinnie The Hoddie was sold to Gail Haywood in the West county, I’m not sure of her exact plans for him but she has a lovely friendly yard and she’s keeping us in touch as to how he’s going, he still retains ability and hopefully a change of yard can rekindle his enthusiasm.
The Fresh Prince has also gone to the West Country, he has gone to live with Lee Glanville whose daughter Pippa used to ride out here a few years ago. Prince has settled in really well and Lee adores him, he has the best life living near the sea and with lots of lovely hacking in that area he’s a very happy boy. He will probably go point to pointing next spring.
Laurie Come On and Felix D’Autry are in the process of being rehomed, both horses are nice people who just didn’t make the grade as racehorses but there’s no reason to think they won’t go on to be successful in another discipline or just as riding horses.
Volturnus has returned to his owners who will rehome him themselves.
Storm Katie has been sold as a broodmare, she is a lovely looking mare with a decent pedigree her only issue was her inability to relax on a racecourse but there is no reason to think her progeny will necessarily follow that pattern as others from her family have not shown that trait.
Book Of Gold and Lady In Hiding have also moved on, I was keen to retire both horses as I felt Book has fallen out of love with racing and Lady In Hiding suffers with wind issues and she has had several operations in an attempt to correct it.
Their owner wanted to continue racing them so I asked him to remove the horses, I wish their new trainer luck with them both.
We also had good news that Got Away had her first foal last week, a beautiful filly by Telescope, see photograph below.
It’s so nice to be able to follow these horses in their ongoing lives so thank you to everyone for the news and keep it coming.
With the move to a new yard and the excitement of replacing many of these horses it looks like being a busy summer for us all.