Half Term

I’m on holiday in Cornwall with the wife and kids at the moment. We’ve been quite lucky with the weather and with no internet access it’s a proper escape.

I was happy with Morana’s run. He was beaten fair and square but it was a top class race and he’ll progress plenty from 2 to 3 and he’ll be suited by a longer trip. Roll on 2010.

Bea Menace won nicely in the evening and she’s turning out to be progressive. We haven’t decided for sure but she probably stays in training in 2010 with the CSH.

Tikka Masala and Cyan Eyed sold in the HIT for £4k and £8.5k respectively. Peintre D’argent ran down the field last night – she has become disappointing and will probably be retired.

Looby Loo ran poorly at Kempton on Wednesday night. She ‘had the choke out’ from the moment she set foot on the course, bolting to the start and not settling during the race – she ran out of petrol with a furlong to go. I don’t think this was entirely unexpected – mentally she’s still a baby and she had a couple of cracks of the whip last time. Hopefully she’ll go better next time.

We bought a couple of older horses in the HIT – one to go for the Chester Cup and another to target sprint handicaps. The HIT is a tough place to get anything. We vetted a long list of horses and the two we got – both from Willie Muir’s yard – were the only two that stood up to our scrutiny. Blue Jack and Nemo Spirit join the ranks at Manor House.