It's Champions weekend ...

We have had a busy time at the sales

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."

Lucille Ball.

Cantering on Hamilton Hill

It’s a very mixed morning with periods of blue sky and then black all over with heavy rain showers. The forecast looks like that all day and it will be a case of trying to miss the heaviest of the downpours. After yesterday’s work morning we have just be cantering on Hamilton Hill where they have all moved well. 

Blue Bounty

It’s been a very busy week at the sales with Angie and I seeing every horse so far in book two. The trade has been good, although the average and median are both down on last year’s figures. I bid on one or two but didn’t manage to buy anything and I am hopeful today might be luckier. There are quite a lot of vendor buy backs, which shows that people were being very selective. The Arabs have been out in force once again and their spending and enthusiasm doesn’t seem to wane. 

Bracken Brae

The build up to the Champions weekend continues, but to my way of thinking it has been a very quiet one with no big stand out horses for Great British racing to hang their hats on. This is supposed to be the climax of our season and although the racing will be top class at this time of year, it seems to be a bit of a damp squib. What with the Irish weekend, the Arc weekend, Newmarket’s Future Champions Festival, a lot of horses have run and are coming to the end of their season, they will also have the Breeders Cup in mind. I think something needs to be sorted out to promote this day better, but unfortunately it was always on the wrong date, too late in the year and the ground will be soft as well, which won’t make matters any better.