|Ethics Girl gets her head in front where it matters at Epsom|
One filly who reminds me of her very much is Indira, so it was great to see her get off the mark at Catterick on Wednesday. She's also quite short and stocky, but also hardy and ethusiastic in her work. Let's hope she can have a career as lengthy and rewarding as Ethics Girl's.
We've had some new arrivals in the stable over the last few months, including Near Wild Heaven, the daughter of Robin Des Champs who is now fully syndicated and has been broken in. She too is proving to be very straightforward in these early stages of her career and the excitement will continue to grow over the next few months as she is gradually prepared for a bumper debut.
Oscar's been in pre-training after a lengthy break with Nicky and he'll be back soon, along with two new arrivals to the yard this coming week for two new owners, which we are course delighted about.
|Joe Akehurst has put in a lot of work with Russian Link|
We had Liam and Jenny Norris staying with us in July week. Jenny was here for the TBA Awards and had to return to Clairemont Stud to oversee the horses while Liam stayed on to try to buy a broodmare for himself and a filly in training for a syndicate I'm hoping to put together. The first objective was achieved, and Liam took home Clutter, a very good-looking Juddmonte filly, to join his broodmares at Clairemont. We weren't so lucky on the filly in training side but will be trying again at Doncaster in September. Earlier this year, I helped Liam set up his website for Norris Bloodstock and he has recently started a new blog which will be worth keeping an eye on as he gets busier through the sales season, both selling horses with Jenny for Clairemont Stud and Norris Bloodstock, and buying horses with William Huntingdon as Norris/Huntingdon.
|Noel Cecil unveils his father's paving stone|
|Near Wild Heaven ridden for the first time|
Seems an awful long time ago now but while I was at the Goffs Land Rover sale in mid-June to research a piece on the store-horse market which is in the next issue of TO&B, I was lucky enough to be able to stay with Lorna and Harry Fowler at Rahinston in Co Meath. Like Camilla and Jamie Trotter, Lorna and Harry are much missed in Newmarket but they live in a magical house in Ireland, surrounded by farmland and the Summerhill point-to-point course which Harry hopes will be back up and running next season.