We were initially disappointed with his run at Southwell as we all thought he would win. However he has come back with a bit of a sore back, nothing serious but bad enough in my opinion to think there will be considerable improvement for his Novice Hurdling campaign next year.
She ran okay at Ffos Las, at one moment looking like she might get a decent place. I was particularly pleased with her jumping. However I think this is probably as good as she is. Charlie plans to keep on running her in the hope of nicking a weak race before she heads to the sales.
It has been a long season for him therefore we have been slightly altering his routine to try and keep him fresh and he is in good form. I think he will be ready to go in 10 days or so.
After his poor run we got him gastric scoped as we thought he may have stomach ulcers, which could have been the reason for his poor run and looking backwards in his coat. However his scope wasn’t bad enough to suggest that was the problem. Charlie thinks he may just be over the top after racing all last summer in Germany and then coming over here running through winter. He most likely needs a summer on his back.
He ran a great race at Wincanton, he came out of it very well. He really has turned a corner with the spring weather and looks so much healthier in his coat. It is likely that he will head to Market Rasen on Saturday.
4yo Filly Kayf Tara x Explorer
She is showing a great attitude and has come on a lot since she arrived. Her summer coat is coming through nicely. Rose has been riding her and says she has a good canter on her and thinks she will make a nice horse next year. She will go out to grass soon where hopefully she will add a bit of size and mature a little.
He looks great and is ready to run. We had the back man do a precautionary check this morning; he was happy with him so we will work him on Saturday. Charlie will then find a race for him.
He has the most fantastic skin on him. He holds an entry at Sandown on Saturday, which Charlie plans to take a look out. However he does remain a Novice until October so there will be lots of opportunities between now and then. Personally I am interested to see how he goes on better ground as he shows so much speed at home.
He came out of his race well. He ate up and enjoyed the next morning in the field. He will make a very nice Novice Hurdler next year. He has already done some baby schooling so the jumping won’t be a problem.
Van Diemens Land
He did his first bit of work on Wednesday since his wind op. Gavin was happy with him but said he would need a few more bits of work. I am looking forward to seeing him run on some better ground.
He schooled this morning; Charlie tells me he was brilliant. He is ready to run again and holds an entry at Huntingdon on Sunday.
He looks very well now the spring weather is here; he is working well and is ready to run. I don’t think the better ground will be a problem for him so there will be lots of opportunities for him.
Who Owns Me
He really is bouncing out of his skin at the moment. He is another one ready to run. We just need to find somewhere where the ground is on the softer side for him.
He could go to Market Rasen on Saturday, another horse that looks better now the warmer weather has arrived. Gavin schooled him this morning and said he felt great. The drying ground will be a positive for him.v