Just a few paragraphs to update everybody on how things are going at West Lockinge Farm during this miserable freezing cold spell of weather. Fortunately, it has not been raining and so the ground is drying up but goodness knows what some of the racecourses will be like after so much racing on the wet/heavy ground during December and January. Presumably there will be a lot of very rough bits of turf. The ground will take a lot of “getting back”.
Regarding ex West Lockinge Farm inmates, Ballygarvey won his 2nd race in 11 days when winning the valuable 2 mile handicap at Chepstow last Saturday. He is a smashing little horse whom I was able to purchase relatively cheaply for his enthusiastic syndicate. He came from our friend in Northern Ireland, Wilson Dennison, who has supplied some excellent hurdles and chasers to NH trainers both in Ireland and the UK. Ballygarvey won a Point to Point as a 4 year old in Ireland. He jumps like a stag and loves it. Well done to Philip Hobbs! Another ex Dennison inmate Ballypatrick also won 10 days ago at Fakenham. He too is a lovely jumper and followed up his 2nd (beaten a short head) the week before. Mick Channon trains him for Martin Broughton who has also got several very useful horses in training this season with Jonjo O’Neill and Paul Nicholls. Martin had horses at West Lockinge for many years and we had numerous winners for him.
Somersby who was a bit disappointing at Ascot and did not stay the 2m 5f in the soft ground, has come out of his race really well. He is to be aimed at the Champion Chase at Cheltenham though no horse is expected to beat Sprinter Sacre!
Calgary Bay runs next Saturday in the Lord Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster 3m 2f. He seems very well.
On the eventing front, Yogi Breisner was here last Friday and gave some excellent jumping lessons. Our resident event rider Franky Reid-Warrilow has a really smashing advanced mare of her own called Dolley Whisper. The pair of them were amazing.
Also here is a very nice ¾ TB gelding here by Weld. He is only 4 but is jumping well. He is out of an advanced Event mare and will be sold in the Spring by his owner/breeder. He is a good prospect for anybody wanting a 16.2hh 4 year old. More details later.
Cheltenham is only just round the corner and should provide very exciting racing as always. Let’s hope it gets warmer!
Dates for courses here in the Spring are now being sorted, so watch this space and our events page for details. We still have some vacancies for young horses for schooling/breaking, and if anybody wants a young NH horse for next season, I’ve seen several future stars in Ireland over the past few months including a new set of youngsters at Wilson Dennisons! Mouth watering 4 year olds. Just ring if you want more details. I’m sure there are several real champions out there.
Added on: 25/02/2013