Sugar Loaf Sholto and Pinnacle Peter went for an away gallop over 1.2 miles on grass. Both horses will be aimed at Larkhill on 13 December. If the maiden doesn't split we will run one in the restricted and it won't worry me which one goes for that. All the others had routine canters around the sand and then up the hill.
Very Intense has gone up 6 lbs for finishing 2nd at Taunton last Thursday. He is in at Wincanton on Thursday and with these winds and no rain forecast bewteen now and then he will possibly take his chance. He has come out of Taunton in fine fettle, fresh and well. If the ground is no worse than good to soft I will be very tempted to let him take his chance off his old mark. If the handicapper is right, he's well in. David Noonan will claim again giving him every possible chance of getting his head in front.
The Tom Lacey Racing Club now has a 75% share in a horse. His name is Hag Stone, he's a 4 year old by Kayf Tara and will have an entry to run in the bumper on 1st December at Southwell. He has pleased me in all his work and will be going for an away gallop tomorrow or Thursday. The sire needs no introduction. He's out of the 3 times winning mare Caoba who was placed 7 times incl 3rd in a listed hurdle. Please get in touch if you would like to join The Tom Lacey Racing Club. Our first runner looks like being a fortnight away.
Batton down the hatches tonight and rope down any trampolines. We nearly had ours in the kitchen last winter. The winds here this afternoon have been savage, I was out riding around 4.30 having had to wait for the farrier and 1 tree was down already. Thankfully, it has fallen into the wood so I can ignore it for the time being. I dread to think what damage will be done up and down the country tonight, but no matter how bad we have it here, someone somewhere will be getting it worse.