03 Jan New Year, New Resolution
I hope you all enjoyed your New Year celebrations and are looking forward to 2016 as much as we are!
We have had a quiet end to the 2015 year here at Castle Hill Stables, using the time to build up our team for next year. We had a slightly disappointing end to the year with Rose Of The Moon (Moonax X Little Rose), as we got him fit as a fiddle for a hot looking hurdle race at Doncaster. However, after setting off with a huge amount of enthusiasm, he decided he could take off a full couple of strides away from the fourth hurdle. As talented a jumper as he is, this rather halted him in his tracks, took a lot out of him, and sadly he was never travelling after that and finished down the field. However, we live to fight another day and a return to his beloved cross country fences should see him return to his old self!
We are hugely excited about 2016 and have a really nice bunch of horses to go to war with. Our two year old’s from last year all look to be late developers and have all grown and strengthened up over the winter. They are coming back into work now after a couple of months off. They look fresh, well and raring to go! Starleyf will be very sadly leaving us this winter to go and pursue a career in polo – a gorgeous filly, she was probably too nice a person to be a racehorse and it is felt this life will be more to her liking. We always strive to find the best home possible for our horses once their time on the racecourse is over, and we are sure she will be very happy down in West Sussex.
Riverlynx (Holy Roman Emperor X Banba) has decided to finally have her growth spurt now she has turned 4 and has gone up by a good 2 inches over the winter. Hopefully we will now see the best of this filly, who has always worked well at home, and she looks like she will be starting off our January campaign on the all-weather alongside Freeze A Crowd (Frozen Power X Skies Are Blue). ‘Fridge’ has also always shown a bit of ability on the gallops, and it is hoped that a new combination of cross-noseband and a tongue-tie might be that making of her. They look like they will be heading to Chelmsford on Thursday for their reappearance.
Ben is really delighted with our yearlings, all of whom have taken to their life as a racehorse with great aplomb. Over the last couple of months they have really taken everything on board, having cantered upsides, done some short bursts of galloping as well as venturing up the grass gallop a few times. There looks to be a few forward ones among them, so finger crossed we will be seeing a couple of them early doors in the season. Hi Dancer has been enjoying himself immensely leading them around, growing at least a hand with his sense of self importance!
Happy New Year, let it be a lucky one!