Sorry for the lack of news over the past few months, we have had some technical issues in the Office and been unable to post…. but we are now back in action!!
Meanwhile a lot has been going on at Jerusalem with the new gallop bedding in well and new Easy Fix Hurdles and Chase Fences arriving. Both of these new facilities have been a huge advantage over the last few months as the weather has been very challenging.
The easy fix double sided hurdles allow us to jump horses at relatively high speeds along the bottom side of the gallop. We have found this a huge asset, especially with the numbers of green youngsters we have in training at the moment.
So…. What have you missed?
- Sunny Destination made a great start over Hurdles finishing a close 4th at Ayr
- Casual Cavalier has shown improvement after his Wind Operation and has travelled strongly throughout his races, finishing 3rd at Wetherby and then 2nd at Ayr.
- Mitcd has been knocking on the door too, finished third at Sedgefield and 2nd at Musselburgh.
- Outback Blue joined us in November after Carolynn Todd and George claimed the gelding from Redcar races. He has since learned to hurdle well and made a good start to his jumping career.
- Royal Salute has now had two runs for us. He made a very promising debut, travelling keenly and jumping well but unfortunately fell at the last hurdle with his head in front at Ayr.
- He returned home sound and then went again, in another hurdle race, only to disappoint. Jonathon reported the horse was never travelling. We will strike a line through this and hope for better as we were unable to find anything physically wrong with him. We will revert back to head gear on his next start.
- The decision was made to retire Spanish Fleet after three very lack lustre efforts. He is now joining Annabelle to go show jumping as he simply doesn’t want to race any longer.
- Lawtop Legend has been learning the ropes of the hurdling game and now seems to settle better in his races. He has been unsuited by the softer surface and now he has been given his handicap mark of 89, he should be much more competitive in his grade of race, with going to suit.
- Grays Choice made his Chasing debut and unfortunately after a reasonably sound round of jumping burst blood vessels. He has been treated for this at home and will make his reappearance soon.
In summary, we have had some good runs, some very unlucky ones and a few learning curves!! All the horses are thriving at home and loving the new gallop, we hope to have winners back on the board soon.
Ellie Farrell joined the team at the end of November and has settled in to our routine well, I am sure you will meet her on the yard or at the races soon.
We have Casual Cavalier entered for Newcastle on Tuesday with Brian Hughes on board; let’s hope he can go one place better this time!!
Samba Time, Newtown Belle, Innis Shannon, Dippin and Diving, Our Morris and New Granada are all in full training and will be back on the course early Spring.