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)  (4-6yo)  (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.Rosie LudlowPhoto 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)  (4-6yo)  (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.
Polly at Huntingdon - 7th Dec 2018-2Racing 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.

Polly with Rosie Fry - RoR

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)(4-6yo)  (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.

Rosie in parade ring atRacing 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)
(
4-6yo)  (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! 

Rosie in Winners enclosure - Plumpton

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."

Rosie wins at Plumpton 25 Feb 2019-2Happy 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.

Annie - August 2018-2 (2)

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.Naranja comes home-April 2019

Back home-1-April 17th

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)
(4-6yo) (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!

Rosie at Cheltenham April 2019

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 Rainunder 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.
Rosie home for her summer break - May 201925th 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. 
Maisie 1st time home at Tally Ho - April 2019

 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.

Tilly - 1st time home to Tally Ho - April 2019

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!
Bally and Naranja back home from Stud - April 2019

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).  
Ladies in Waiting - Louise and Kassis - April 2019
And finally, Dottie the Rottie sits in the lovely Spring sunshine, surrounded by daffodils, surveying the comings and goings in the yard.
Dottie the Rottie-Spring 2019Photos by the talented Jessica Joubert

Well, the heatwave went on for much longer than anyone expected this summer, making a little more work for everyone than in previous, cooler summers; with the mares and foals coming in every day out of the heat and having hay and hard feed as the grass was almost non-existent!  They continue to grow on really well.
Here is Lecon Benefique with her Kayf Tara colt (b. 27th April) enjoying a spin around the paddock.

3-L and L - 25 August 2018

And having a little chat in the early evening.

L and L - August 2018-a

The following photos are of Kassis and her Mount Nelson colt (b. May 27th), this colt has made the same height as the Kayf Tara colt already, even though he is a full month younger!

2-George - Aug 25th 2018Kassis and George-25 Aug 2018

The two-year-old fillies are coming on well too, turning into nice young ladies and living out 24/7 with the boarding gelding by Midnight Legend.

The gang of 3 - Aug 2018

Looking expectantly, for a feed maybe ??!!
The Shirroco filly is on the left with the Califet filly on the right.

Annie and Ebony - Aug 2018

At the end of August we took a short break in Ireland and visited Ballincurrig House Stud to see Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil)  before she goes to Denis Leahy's for a little education.  I am pleased to say she looks very well indeed and has grown somewhat since I last saw her!

Tilly at Ballincurrig- August 2018-3

At the same time we became reaquainted with the lovely Miss Mahmite (Mahler x David's Delight) who was at Ballincurrig for her summer break before returning to Denis Leahy's and then going into training later in the year.  She looks really well too, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the staff at Ballincurrig House Stud.

Miss Mahmite-August 2018-3a

Jamie Snowden had his open day at Folly House in Lambourn on Sunday 2nd September and we went along to support him, with many more of his owners.  It was a really great day, as always, with Jamie giving a running commentary as the horses were paraded for all to see.  Naranja was led out looking very well and very relaxed.Jamies Open Day-2nd Sept 2018

Here is a quote from Jamie at the end of Naranja's last season:
“We took a couple up to Ayr last weekend where Naranja was most courageous to stick her neck out to win the valuable Class 2 Mares Staying Hurdle under a great ride by Sean Bowen.  In turn she became our highest earning horse this season having won twice earlier this season as well.”
So, it’s fingers crossed for some black type for Naranja this season.

Naranja was joined at Folly House in the middle of last week by our 4 year old filly Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater).  She came straight from pre-training at Denis Leahy's yard to Jamie. We are hoping that he can find a syndicate for this lovely filly to start off her racing career.

Rosie at Denis Leahy's - Aug 25th 2018-a

Weaning time has arrived again, too quickly as always.  All three foals were weaned this week and are now living together with their adopted granddad, Jack.  They settled down and stuck close together on the first day, managing synchronised grazing!

Weaned foals - Sept 4th 2018

A couple of days on and they are all chilled and enjoying catching some early morning sun, overlooked by the lovely Jack.

Foals at rest with Jack - Sept 6th

And finally, I would like to introduce the latest addition to the farm - Maggie the Labrador puppy, who is settling in very well with the other dogs and is already in love with Zeus !!

Maggie

* * With thanks to Jessica Joubert for most of these photos * *

 

Our third (and final) foal for 2018 entered the world on Sunday 27th May.  A huge bay colt by MOUNT NELSON (Rock of Gibraltar x Independence) out of our beautiful winning mare KASSIS (Kalanisi x Gastina).

Newborn colt - George 2018

He is a big, rangey colt with a great walk already and his mother's bold, inquisitive nature,  the Grandchildren have named him 'George'.
Here he is, just 4 days old, investigating a daisy in the paddock. 
George - 2His legs proved to be just too long to be able to reach the grass so, calling on his Irish heritage, he improvised !
Legs far too long - George 4Now, Just over 3 weeks old and he is flying around the paddock, stretching those long legs.

George - 19th June - 2

Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) is growing on well and turning into a really nice, friendly young man.
He enjoys a quick spin around the paddock with or without his mum.  He is just over 7 weeks in these photos.

Louis - 19 June 2018-1Louis - 19th June -3

With Summer finally here, all the foals are now turned out together and are enjoying each other's company.  The mares and foals are turned out at night and brought back in during the heat of the day, so Jess has been able to get some nice sunset shots.
Here is Lecon Benefique and her colt foal by Kayf Tara doing some synchronised grazing.

Louise and Louis-Sunset June 2018This pic is the 2 colt foals playing as the sun goes down. George (Mount Nelson x Kassis) on the left and Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) looking like a unicorn !!Foals playin at Sunet - June 2018

And finally, we say cheerio for now to Naranja as she heads back to Jamie Snowden's Folly House yard in Lambourn with her field buddy Marlow Moss after a good couple of months R & R.

Naranja goes back - July 2018

With thanks to Jessica Joubert for these lovely photographs.