The National Hunt season is up and running.
Kassis’s first race was on 31st October at Hereford “The Re Group 15-year Anniversary Mares Handicap Chase (Qualifier for the Challenger Mares Chase Series)”. It was a small field, Kassis had Daryl Jacob in the saddle this time and she was a bit disappointing as she didn’t jump her best.
She picked up a very deep speed cut in the race, which is healing up nicely and she is now back in full work.
It was with a mix of excitement and trepidation that we set off in the early morning of Tuesday 8th November for Heathrow Airport on our annual pilgrimage to the Tattersalls November National Hunt Sales in Ireland. This is always a great few days, meeting up with old friends and seeing the foals in the flesh after studying the catalogue avidly for the 2-3 weeks prior to the sales, trying to find the next potential listed mares race winner!
Tuesday was always going to be a busy day for us as we had 16 fillies earmarked to look at, a couple of these were withdrawn prior to the sales but still a lot to see!
Lucky for us we managed to buy the 2 fillies we had ‘double tagged’, one by Sinndar out of a winning French Mare.
and the other filly is by Califet out of a winning point to point mare.
They have gone to Ballincurrig House Stud for a couple of months to get over any stresses which the sales may bring and they will come home to us early next year to join our expanding herd of fillies!
Bertie, our colt by Sholokhov, was entered on Wednesday 9th November, having spent the last 6 weeks or so in the care of Michael and his team at Ballincurrig House Stud, being prepped for the sales. They did a great job, as always, and he came into the ring looking fantastic, a credit to all involved in his preparation.
He was sold to Ben Case for Lady Grosvenor’s stable.
Thursday was slightly less stressful than the previous 2 days and we looked at a few fillies and decided to go for one later in the day, so around 4.30pm a Shirocco filly out of an Old Vic mare went under the hammer and is coming home to us with the other two! She is similarly bred to Annie Power, so fingers crossed she is as talented!
We flew back home late Thursday night, tired but happy. A very rewarding and fulfilling few days had by all!!
Last but by no means least, Naranja had her first race this season on Saturday 12th November at Cheltenham in the “High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race)”. This was a huge step up in class for her from a Class 6 to a Class 1 race, ridden this time by Nick Scholfield.
She finished 3rd out of 19 runners, proving what we all knew, that she is full of stamina. We are all delighted she now has black type.