As we enter a New Year we are looking forward to the safe delivery of our 2 foals in February and March. All being well, Lecon Benefique will visit Kayf Tara and Ballyhoo will visit Black Sam Bellamy after foaling this time.
Our boarding mare, Centoria, will be travelling to Ireland mid-February to visit Sholokhov; she will board at Ballincurrig House Stud, Co. Cork to be walked in.
On 11th December 2016 Naranja went to Carlisle for the "Racing UK Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race" where she took 2nd place out of 14 runners, ridden by Nick Scholfield. She has been in the frame in all of her 3 races!
Quote from Racing Post:
"Naranja ran another sound race, making it 3 fine runs in bumpers. She has the stamina to make a hurdler."
On 29th December 2016, Kassis went to Doncaster for the "Thoroughbred Breeders Handicap Hurdle" with Nick Scholfield on board, taking 4th place. She did not run to the best of her ability as the ground had barely thawed out after a heavy overnight frost and she was never happy with the going.
Our Robin Des Champs filly Toodlepip, now a 3 yr old, remains at Denis Leahy's yard in Cork in pre-training and is coming along very well.
She has popped over a hurdle or two and is thoroughly enjoying herself.
Our filly Ballymilan (Milan / Ballyhoo), has now turned 2 yrs old and is growing on well.
She will soon be starting some groundwork with Jess and Amanda - our stud grooms - in preparation for her eventual visit to Denis Leahy for pre-training assessment later in the year.
And finally, Centoria's Midnight Legend colt, Bugsy, enjoying a frolic with his field companion Jack, our retired polo pony, on a cold and frosty morning earlier this week.