On 5th March, KASSIS travelled to Huntingdon for the 'Lady Protectress Mares' Chase' (Listed Race). A Class 1 race for 5yo+ over 2m4f and 16 fences; Going Soft. Kassis ran a good race, with Nick Scholfield in the saddle, to finish 4th in her 3rd Listed Race, behind Antartica De Thaix.
On 25th March KASSIS went to Bangor-on-Dee, with Harry Cobden on board this time, for the 'Broxton Gate Mares' Handicap Chase'. A Class 3 for 5yo+ over 3m and 18 fences; Going Good to Soft.
This was her first time over this distance; she made a mistake at the first which unsettled her but she stayed on gamely, not really enjoying the run, and she finished 5th to Conquer Gold.
So, after much deliberation and discussion we decided to retire Kassis from racing and on 6th April we collected her from Jamie Snowdon's yard in Lambourn and she will soon be off to stud.
Kassis - Happy to be home !
On 4th March NARANJA went to Doncaster for the 'BetBright Mares Novices Hurdle' (Listed Race), under Nick Scholfield. A Class 1 race for 4yo+ over 3m84yds and 11 hurdles; Going Soft.
Racing Post comment: "Chased leader to 2nd, remained handy until ridden and weakened after 8th".
Naranja has since had a small wind op and is now back in work.
On March 31st LECON BENEFIQUE (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) gave birth to her second foal, a beautiful dk. br. colt by TELESCOPE (Galileo x Velouette). He is a big, strong and fiesty young man and we are delighted with him.
We are now eagerly awaiting our second foal (by Yeats), due soon, from our senior broodmare BALLYHOO (Supreme Leader x Ballyhouraprincess).
Our 3 yo filly, TOODLEPIP (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre), has returned to Ballincurrig House Stud from Denis Leahy's for a well earned couple of months holiday.
And finally, the newest members to join us are Shaun the Sheep and 4 baby chicks. Shaun is an orphan lamb who is being bottle fed by Jess and accompanies her around the yard, helping out keeping the grass nice and tidy!