With the ground drying up it is unlikely we will be able to get a run into him this year. We are going to keep him ticking over till the sun shines and the grass grows when he can then be turned out. I think he will benefit from having another summer to mature.
A few little problems came to light after his disappointing run at Exeter. His back and heels were sore. We think we have now sorted them out and he is back in his normal routine and very fresh.
2m 6f at Fontwell was a bit on the short side; however Sam was very pleased with his jumping and felt he would be a much stronger horse next year. With the ground drying up it looking more and more likely that he won’t run again this year. We do plan to keep training him just in case we get some wet weather towards the end of the month.
Duke of Monmouth
Noel came in to school him over fences for the first time this morning. He took to it well and like everything he does he gave it his all. He was very clever going both long and short. Noel felt that his lack of size was made up for in his attitude!
He is in terrific form at home; he did a routine canter today and is entered at Ascot in a 0-145 boys race on Sunday. To me it looks to be a competitive race, there could be something else easier for him.
She did a piece of work yesterday with Masked Man. She went very well and showed she has fully recovered from the race on horrible ground at Southwell. I think the drying ground will help her, however the race she is entered for on Saturday is over 2m 4f which to me may be a little on the short side on quicker ground.
He is running rather sooner than we had planned, however he came out of his race at Fakenham better than I thought he would. He is in good form at home but is taking on a very competitive field.
He does not look that great in his coat but he is working well at home. He seems to be going about everything with a lot of energy. He is entered at Chepstow on Saturday and Ascot on Sunday which are both realistic options.
Lord of House
Happy and fresh at home, we are praying for the weather to warm up and the grass to grow so we can turn him out.
I really think we have turned a corner with him; he is looking well and eating well. He seems to be back in good health.
He really has come to himself in the last few weeks. His next run will be much improved on his previous two. He has had a nice break and done some nice bits of work-the better ground will be a big help to him too.
He has just been ticking over in his usual routine. Nicky felt he was not moving to well on Saturday so we had the back man in to take a look at him. He found him to be a little sore so put him right, it is not serious and hasn’t missed a day – he will be working again on Saturday.
He looks better than ever. He holds entries at Aintree and Chepstow on Saturday, with Chepstow being the preferred option. I think he will run at good race if he does go there.
He holds an entry at Chepstow on Saturday where his participation will be ground dependent. He wouldn’t want it to soft and he wouldn’t want it to quick! There could be a better option for him in a week or so.
Van Diemens Land
He is currently at the vets having a wind op.
Noel schooled him this morning, he was great! He is very athletic and bold. He holds at entry at Ascot on Sunday however there could be easier places to start him in his chasing career.
Gavin schooled him over fences again today and he showed us he is getting better and better every time. The ground has dried up nicely for him; he is going very well at home and will run well wherever he goes.
Who Owns Me
He is in amazing form at home and will run his heart out today, however he really is up against some stiff competition.
Noel schooled him this morning and was happy with him. The better ground will be in his favour and he should be out again soon, needing only one more run before he gets a mark from the handicapper.