It is always good to get back home and even better to see our remaining horses in training looking so fit and well thanks to everyone's hard work. We only have a dozen or so in work having turned out the three and two year olds, but those still in work are in fine form.
Prince Dundee ran a solid race at Hexham on Tuesday but we were disappointed that four fences on each circuit were taken out. Dundee's asset is his slick jumping and in hindsight, we should have saved him for Kelso tomorrow. However, he took his chance and was second, losing nothing in defeat but being outsprinted by the winner. He has had a few sessions on the water treadmill to take away the race stiffness and he could run again in June.
We have just one runner at Kelso tomorrow; the ex flat Blooriedotcom has his second hurdle start on what sounds to be safe ground. He has improved for his debut at Ayr and while he has a tough task against experienced horses he seems to have a great attitude.
The carpet gallop has been laid and we just have to add some white railings and we should be able to school on it next week. We have already cantered on it and the surface has a great bounce, ideal to prevent sore shins and joints.
The majority of horses are turned out either all day or for just the day or night. Depending on their age and stage, some will come back in mid June but the majority will be out until July. Pictured are Slainte Mhor, Mighty Thunder and Offtheshoulder enjoying the good grass and sun.
As well as the new horses from the sales we also had a new arrival from France, the maiden mare Eeyore. She has some hot form over both hurdles and fences and should be a lovely race mare for Ray and Anita Anderson Green.