Quiet canters for most this morning, until the rain comes we are just having to remain patient. When the rain does arrive we will face other problems in getting a run, 72 entries in the maiden hurdle at Chepstow next week. Unless they water, the ground looks like it will be no better than good, this in itself will only add to the high numbers of entries further down the line. I think, Weatherbys need to make some kind of concession towards owners, their entry bills are going to be colossal given that many horses will have to have multiple entries due to the aforementioned. Horses are stacking up to run and racing will be ultra competitive. I’ve heard and read lots of derogatory comments from trainers and concerns from the BHA regarding the novice chase program. To my eye, they look ultra competitive and I fail to see what the problem is, apart from, not being able to find an easy one!
This afternoon, I went to see Mrs Newell and her stunning Kayf Tara foal, he is a July foal and was given champion status at the foal show earlier in the year at Bangor. Sadly, for me, he will be sold. Like many breeders, the geldings have to be sold to keep the wheels turning. He would look very nice here with his head out over a stable door in a couple of years’ time. I was also given a delicious lunch of steak, baked potatoes, tomatoes and vegetables followed by ice cream, perfetta rolls, raspberries and blueberries. I felt a bit sleepy driving home for evening stables! Our Aga was serviced this afternoon and still lacks heat so thankfully, I won’t be needing supper. Until our kitchen is finished we have no hob or electric cooker.