Horse welfare is paramount ...

Beautiful day after rain overnight

Friday, 25 November 2011

"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else."

Sir Winston Churchill.


Rayvin Black (John) leaving the yard

A beautiful morning and we 've had some rain overnight, very little mind you. The forecast is for extremely windy conditions in the east over the weekend. Thank goodness we are not in the Scottish Isles where they have had 48-foot waves. All the horses have had two good canters up Warren Hill in preparation for doing faster work tomorrow.


Looking down to canter which is immaculate as always


Cantering with the green roof of Tattersalls sale ring in the background

December Sales foals' sales picked up considerably yesterday with all the big buyers flexing their muscles. John Ferguson bought the sales topper for the Darley Stud, a colt by Acclamation, for £150,000. Liam Cashman, who died last year, had such foresight in the bloodstoock world and it is very sad that he is not here to see the success that the stallion is now having, but he would be proud how the family are continuing on the Rathbarry Stud tradition.  The foal buyers have gone mad this year for foals by Acclamation as well as by his father, Royal Applause. Both stallions had a tremendous time on the track this year.  The average and median prices yesterday were both up from last year. I put this down to people investing in foals to keep them to race thinking they would be cheaper to buy at this stage than as yearlings. This makes the speculators have to give more for the the other ones.


Second lot cantering up


Walking back down the sand

Our steam cleaning and painting is really stepping up a gear now as a lot of horses have already been out well over five weeks and will be starting to find their way back into the yard before Christmas. We give each box a thorough steam clean before using extremely expensive paint that is made in America. It covers very well, is tough enough to withstand the rigours of horse wear-and-tear and can be painted onto any surface - block, brick or wood.


It's all hands on deck at Flint Cottage as Abby and Hannah do a great job painting


Graham and Steve having a chat in the sunshine

                                       Everyone at Flint Cottage wish Steve's wife, Lindsey, a very Happy Birthday!