This week we travelled to the Scottish Flat track of Hamilton with our first ever runner and disappointed we were not…. MITCD ran her little heart out to win by a nice margin under a confident ride by James Sullivan.
The mare had been running nicely in the void race at Cartmel a week or so prior and we were keen to get her back on the track quickly to catch her whilst on top form. Mitcd or Bridget as she is known, is owned by our Sponsors Julie and Barry Lloyd and has been such a great fun horse since she arrived with us, firstly at Southdean and now at Jerusalem.
Classical Milano ran a very creditable race to be second at Kelso on the cram packed ladies’ day fixture on May 27th. It was great to have him almost get his head in front, especially when the crowds were so big and many familiar faces around us. All Classical Milano’s owners seemed to have a great day, which was helped by a Maurice Barnes 100-1 shot coming in, in the first race!!!
Back at Jerusalem we are busy as usual. We have begun preparations for an eight horse, Horse Walker which will be delivered in the next couple of weeks. This should help us hugely with cooling the horses off and keeping them going over the weekends when we have less available bodies to ride.
We are also pressing on with more improvements, the yard is being repaired and fresh concrete being laid over the next few weeks, all in time for our first Jerusalem Farm open Day which we plan to host in early September, invites will be sent shortly!!
Its amazing how much some of the younger horses are growing and the change is the shape of many of them is unbelievable, with Samba Time, Victoria’s little mare catching the eye being the biggest transformation. She is still weak however she has filled out hugely and we plan to give her as much time as she needs to progress to her potential. We have been schooling her over hurdles which she seems to handle very well.
Our Brian Boru gelding – Brian, is now back on his holidays and looking an absolute picture. He had an accident over 12 months ago and managed to damage his withers, he seems to have recovered from that incident well and handled his 8 weeks walking and trotting well. Its a waiting game to see how he progresses.
The two newbies we got from Doncaster Sales have settled in well and are now both on their holidays and loving the views across the fells, the peaceful environment will be a huge change for them coming from much bigger yards.