On 10th January 2017 - NARANJA went to Lingfield Park for the “Call Star Sports Mares’ Novices Hurdle”, her first outing over hurdles partnered by Nick Scholfield.  This was a 2 mile race for 4yo+, over 8 hurdles in Heavy going.

She finished a very creditable 3rd just 3 lengths behind The Nipper and 24 lengths in front of the only other finisher out of 6 starters;  she has still never been out of the frame in all of her starts!!

Naranja-race (2)

Racing Post comment:
"Naranja showed fair form in bumpers and she made a pleasing hurdles debut. Better ground will help and she can win something similar."

 

KASSIS travelled to Leicester on 24th January 2017 and stepped up in class for the “Charnwood Forest Mares’ Chase (Listed Race)” – a Class 1, Listed race for 5yo+, over a distance of 2m 6fl 51yds with 18 fences in Good to Soft going, again with Nick Scholfield on board.

Desert Queen set quite a pace from the off, Kassis made a bit of a mistake at the 12th and stayed on well to get 4th place, just missing out on that black type!

Kassis Parade Ring

Racing Post comment:
Kassis ran way better than she was entitled to with a rating of just 107.”

 

Our Robin Des Champs filly, Toodlepip, is progressing well in pre-training with Denis Leahy in Ireland.  She has been tried over the schooling hurdles and has taken to that with great enthusiasm!

Polly at Denis's schooling track-Jan 17

She will soon be having a well earned break, turned out for the Summer back at Ballincurrig House Stud with Michael Moore and his great team.

 

Our Milan filly, Ballymilan, is  being brought on slowly by Amanda and Jess.  She has had a saddle and bridle on and been led around with no objections at all.  She has taken to loading like a pro and now almost puts herself into the lorry !

Snip starts her training-Jan 2017

We will make a decision about her future later in the year.

And finally, I would like to introduce the newest member of the family - Zeus, our Rottweiler puppy, now 14 weeks old and full of fun and mischief!!

Zeus with foot mallet