Onwards and upwards ...

We had our third foal last night

Thursday, 07 March 2019

"She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts."

George Eliot.

On the farm canter

It’s a bright, cold morning with a strong wind and still very dry. We are forecast plenty of rain later on in the day and towards the weekend, which I hope we get. Across The Flat turf gallop opens on Saturday and some rain will certainly help that in a big way. Everybody is in today so we are back to normal and cracking on with the horses. The heath is beginning to get busier as the yards fill up with horses coming back from their winter holidays and the new two-year-olds starting to learn their job.

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Battery Power and her Nathaniel colt

The mare we expected to foal, Battery Power, had a colt foal last night at a civilised hour. A big strong lad, he was soon up and starting to suck and the mare is a really good mother. He is the full brother to Velvet Vision who I have always thought highly of and let’s hope he can win the Derby in 2023. This game is all about hope and looking to the future and with the new foals it always bring those feelings to the fore. Once again David, our stud groom, was brilliant and the whole team worked as one at this busy time of year on the stud.

Isaac Murphy

Cantering away

There is a great article today on the connections of Presenting Percy who is at present favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next week. His trainer seems a great character, does things his own way, gets results and that’s the way it should be. You can’t have the racing press telling you where and what to do with horses, it is all down to the owner and trainer to decide that themselves. It will be a fantastic achievement if he wins and he must have a great chance, especially if the ground continues like it is.