Well, despite the Berkshire monsoons, I’m pleased to say that our mares and foals are thriving. We have had 2 foals born at Broadwell this year, both to maiden mares. The first baby arrived in February, a dk. Brown colt (Bertie) by Sholokhov from our black-type mare Lecon Benefique.

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We had a bit of a wait for the second foal, a bay colt (Bugsy) born in May to boarding mare Centoria. Bugsy is by Midnight Legend. Both mares are excellent mums and their foals are doing very well. Centoria was trained by Jamie Snowdon, who was pleased to see how well the mare and foal were doing when he popped in after the Tattersalls Ascot Sales recently.

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But it’s not just about the foals. Our 2 yr-old Robin des Champs filly, Polly, is turned out with broodmare Ballyhoo, recently home from Ireland scanned in foal to Yeats. Bally is teaching Polly some field manners! Her yearling Milan filly, Snip, is happily turned out with the children’s 2 ponies, Strawberry and Coco and Jack our ex-polo pony.

Racehorses Kassis and Naranja are coming to the end of their hols and soon will be heading back to Jamie Snowdon’s yard.

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They will slowly be brought back into work and will be on the Lambourn gallops in early autumn. In the meantime, they’ll be trying to catch a bit of sun – watched over by the veteran of the yard, 26 yr-old Mojo!