The flat horses continue in good form although we seem to have developed a knack for finishing second.
Capone has been in fine form this season, taking us to all the big tracks and never finishing out the places. He headed to Nottingham for his biggest challenge yet, as he lined up in the valuable £30k Colwick Cup. He ran an incredible race, only getting worn down in the last few strides by an unexposed three year old on handicap debut. It is safe to say his owners couldn't of been more proud of him.
Shahnaz has never quite had the ground to suit but Gemma had freshened her up before she lined up at in an amateur jockeys contest at Carlisle. She dominated the race from start to finish and again was only beaten in a bob of heads of the line. For a small filly, she was all heart under top weight and clearly showed she still posses the winning mentality. I'm certain her turn can't be far away.
We have also added a couple of new flat horses to our string. Sarkha (picture below) has replaced Petite Sioux who we have retired from racing. He was an inexpensive purchased out of Ed Dunlops but from a very nice family and he has a lot of size and scope. We hope the switch to a smaller yard will get the best out of him. Finally we have secured an unraced Coach House filly with Mark Walford. She is a half sister to Jill's Jungle who is held in high regard by the yard. She will be ready to run in October.
The national hunt horses are now back in work, building up their fitness ahead of the jumps season.