Monday 13th November found us in Ireland at Tattersalls November National Hunt Sales. It was good to catch up with all our friends and contacts we have made over the years and to partake of the odd Guinness or two in the bar !
Our thanks to all the staff at Ballincurrig House Stud, both colts looked fabulous after their 6 weeks pre-sales prep with them and our Yeats x Ballyhoo (Supreme Leader) foal was the first of the two to go through the sales ring, on Monday. He was sold to Tommy Newton.
Tuesday afternoon saw our second foal, by Telescope x Lecon Benefique (Beneficial) go into the sales ring. He was one of only 3 of Telescope's first crop presented at the sale; he was sold to Pat McCarthy.
We hope their new owners are happy with them and we look forward to maybe seeing them back here in the Derby Sale in 2020 !!
On 1st November our young mare, Toodlepip (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre), left Denis Leahy's yard and travelled to Harry Fry's yard in Seaborough, Beaminster in Dorset. She has settled in really well and I visited the yard on 22nd November and watched her first canter on their gallops. I am now looking forward to her making it to the racecourse.
Here she is coming back in after work and looking good after her wash down.
Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) had her first run of the season on 6th November at Plumpton in the Download The Free At The Races App Mares' Novices' Hurdle - (Class 4) (4yo+) - 2m4½f - Going: Good - 12 hurdles.
Gavin Sheehan was in the plate and she was a creditable 3rd of 10 runners.
Her second run was at Lingfield on 28th November in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares' Maiden Hurdle - (Class 4) (4yo+) - 2m3½f - Going: Soft - 8 hurdles (2 omitted because of low sun).
Naranja won this race (8 runners), guided home by Gavin Sheehan.
Racing Post analysis:
"Not always fluent, made most, headed 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, led again before last, stayed on and drew clear by almost 4 lengths."
“They got racing a little early and Gavin waited on Naranja and let them get on with it. She is very tough. She deserved that - she has only run two poor races and they were in Listed races last season when we threw her in at the deep end. She won her bumper first time and ran a great race to be third in a Listed bumper. She jumps well so tried her highly but then kept her novice status for this season. She is rated 112 but whether we go down the handicap route or go for another novice under a penalty I don't know”.
- Jamie Snowden, trainer.