|Jack Irish with Iva on the Bury Hill canter this morning|
Oscar's had plenty of rest since then and is currently enjoying a fortnight's break at the luxury equine spa that is the National Stud before he gets back to work in August. While he is tall(ish) and gangly, Jack is short and stocky and appears to be determined not to grow too much beyond pony size. The next in line, Delatite, appears to be taller and stockier (a good mix) while little baby Flo is just perfect in every way. Well, all foals are perfect, it's only later that they start to look disappointing.
But anyway, I refuse to be downhearted by this family's reluctance to go anywhere near a racecourse in a hurry. In the course of my enjoyable job I speak to many owner/breeders, usually after they've just enjoyed a major win, and the varying stories recounted about horses becoming promising performers after very unpromising starts is enough to keep the hope afloat for now.
|Ex Con (white blaze) mid-lesson at the British Racing School|
If there's anyone out there who actually reads this blog and is wondering how Ex Con is getting on at the British Racing School, the answer is he's doing very well indeed. If reports were issued for the horses at the school then Ex Con would be a straight-A student.
|Brief Goodbye followed by BRS star Our Vic|
It was also nice to hear news of Stardust Memories, a lovely daughter of Halling, who appeared in a showing class in the Royal Norfolk Show with her new owner Sam and is heading for the Newmarket in-hand show this Sunday. The show for ex-racehorses, which takes place at the Animal Health Trust, is always worth a visit if anyone's kicking around Newmarket with nothing to do that day. Purple Moon has been the show champion for the last few years and even Panto won a few rosettes there some years back. Sadly, they were green rather than red, but I don't need the judges to agree with me when it comes to Panto. I live safe in the knowledge that he's the most exquisite horse ever to walk the earth.