It has been some time since my last post and looking back, there have been some highs and some lows in this period.
Early Morning Rain (FR) (Martaline x Rosewater) did everything that was asked of her during her training preparation at Jamie Snowden's yard at Folly House and we were looking forward to seeing how she would perform on the track.
She was entered for the bumper at Ludlow on 5th December 2018 in the 'British Stallion Studs EBF Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (EBF Mares' Series Qualifier)' (Class 4) (1m7f169yds) 2m Going: Soft.
This was her first race and she did not disgrace herself at all and was placed 7th of 16 with Gavin Sheehan in the plate, wearing the colours of The Heart Racing Syndicate.Photo of a mud splattered girl after the race, with thanks to Becky Bailey.
Comment from Racing Post: "Early Morning Rain, who has a middle-distance Flat pedigree, came under pressure before the home turn and kept staying on."
Toodlepip (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre) finally hit the track on 9th December 2018 for her first race at Huntingdon in the 'Tattersalls Ireland Henrietta Knight Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed Race)'
(Class 1) (1m7f171yds) 2m Going: Good To Soft.
Noel Fehily was riding her in her debut race for Trainer Harry Fry. She took a keen hold, pressed leader until she lost place over 2f out, dropped behind and eased 2f out, tailed off to finish a disappointing second last.
Racing Post after-race comment: "Toodlepip, whose yard is mustard in the mares' bumper division, fell in a hole after showing up early and was miles below market expectations."
Toodlepip is a stunning looking mare with so much potential and promise but after 3 more starts with disappointing runs we felt that she has decided that racing wasn't her career choice. So, with thanks to Rosie Fry for all her help and hard work, Toodlepip has now been sold on and has a new life in the Eventing World, where I hope she will settle and be happy.
Early Morning Rain's second start was at Taunton on 19th January 2019 in the 'Free Ticket Offer Ends Midnight 27th January Mares' Open NH Flat Race' (Class 5)(2m104yds) 2m½f Going: Good To Soft; with Sam Twiston-Davies on board this time, wearing the colours of Julie Thomas.
Early Morning Rain was placed 2nd of 14 runners this time, only beaten 1 length by Miss Honey Rider.
Racing Post comment after the race: "Early Morning Rain wasn't beaten far on debut at Ludlow the previous month and improved here in reversing form with the third that day. She has plenty of substance about her and should enjoy going jumping."
Early Morning Rain's third outing was to Plumpton on 25th February 2019 in the 'Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race' (Class 5)
((2m1f164yds) 2m1½f Going: Good.
With Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle for a second time and this time she WON - 1st past the post of 9 runners!
Racing Post after-race comment:
"Distance increased by 126yds. The three market leaders dominated this mares' bumper, with little getting into it. The pace was predictably steady."
"EARLY MORNING RAIN, runner-up at Taunton on her second outing, led throughout and showed a really likeable attitude late on. She ought to make a nice hurdler and will stay further in time."
Happy owners and syndicate members with Early Morning Rain and Sam Twiston-Davies in the Winners enclosure after the race. Well done to all involved in this fabulous result, especially to Early Morning Rain herself who gives her all in every single race, she is a genuinely lovely, honest mare.
On 19th March Nick Luck visited the Stud with a camera team as he was making a documentary for ROA about 'The thrill of Racehorse Ownership' and our interview was about breeding, including choosing a suitable Stallion for our mares in the hope of breeding a future successful racehorse. Nick then invited us to the presentation and reception at the amazing venue of Liverpool Cathedral, on April 3rd, prior to the Aintree Grand National Meeting. The reception was attended by approximately 100 invited guests. With grateful thanks to Nick Luck for making me feel at ease in front of a camera!
Our 3 yr old filly, Tamango (IRE) (Shirocco x Liss Na Siog [Old Vic]) made the journey to Charlie Poste's yard to begin her preparation for her racing career, with a view of going into training with Olly Murphy.
Her time spent with Charlie saw her broken and ridden away, including some time on the gallops with other youngsters and a pop over some small obstacles in his 'jumping lane' - a great start for her. Charlie sent regular video 'snips' of her working, in which she looked very relaxed and happy. She is now back home and turned away, giving her time to process her first taste of what it is like to be a racehorse! We are eagerly looking forward to her debut on the track in 2020.
In mid-April we welcomed Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) back from her stay at The Glanvilles Stud in Dorset, both before and after visiting Balko [FR] (Pistolet Bleu x Ella Royale) at Haras du Lion in France.
Naranja arrives home at Broadwell Stud, with the resident Broodmares, Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) and Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina), looking on.
A happy Naranja, finally back home - photos taken by Jessica Joubert
Early Morning Rain's last Race of the season was at Cheltenham on 18th April 2019 in the 'Spreadex Sports Betting Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race' (Class 2)
(2m179yds) 2m1f Going: Good
This was a step up in a class for her and a real test. She did not disgrace herself and gave her all to finish 5th out of 15 runners in a hard run race. She finished just under 6 lengths behind the winner, the rest of the field being 18 lengths behind her!
Racing Post after-race comments: "Add 31yds. A good race of its type, in which there was a big gap after the first six." Early Morning Rain, under a penalty for her Plumpton win, ran a bold race and had her chance. She was treated for heat stress after the race, needing to be doused with water."
After this race, she spent a few weeks 'letting down' with Jamie Snowden before she came home to Broadwell Stud for her Summer holiday.
25th April saw the Ballinroe lorry pull into the yard with a precious cargo of 3 arriving back from Ireland after being in the care of Ballincurrig House Stud.
Ballyhoo (Supreme Leader x Ballyhouraprincess) returns home after visiting Boardsmill Stud's Court Cave (Sadlers Wells x Wemyss Bight).
The other 2 travelling home with Ballyhoo were Miss Mahmite (Mahler x David's Delight) below, on her first day out back home.
and Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil (FR) below, enjoying her first taste of English weather. They are both 3 yr-olds and we are excited to be planning their future racing careers.
Both Ballyhoo and Naranja (below) were scanned for heartbeats at 30 days, on 8th April, this means that they are due to deliver on the same day. However, Ballyhoo usually 'cooks' her foals so I would be very surprised if that actually happens!
Our 2 Ladies-in-Waiting, Lecon Benefique (IRE) (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) and
Kassis (IRE) (Kalanisi x Gastina) looking fit to burst, both mares due to foal around the end of May. Lecon Benefique in foal to Kayf Tara (Sadlers Wells x Colorspin) and Kassis in foal to Jack Hobbs (Halling x Swain's Gold).
And finally, Dottie the Rottie sits in the lovely Spring sunshine, surrounded by daffodils, surveying the comings and goings in the yard.
Photos by the talented Jessica Joubert