Winter has definitely arrived early with a strong north wind blasting across the downs together with sub zero temperatures, the horses are still ticking over and doing two steady canters a day on the 7 furlong wood chip gallop. I am hoping the that dreaded white stuff doesn't arrive as that can really make life difficult, it tends to drift onto the AW gallops and take longer to melt.
Our yearlings are now doing two canters a day, either on the AW or grass canters, it's exciting times as at this stage they could still be machines. Although it's very early days, they look a nice bunch with no difficult characters emerging yet, they move well and some of them look quite early, it might surprise a few people if we had a runner in the Brocklesby !
Two well bred yearlings arrived from Watership Down Stud, via Malcolm Bastards breaking yard, during the week which could have an exciting future. A colt by Dynaformer (USA) out of Molasses who is a half brother to Magadan, who won a Group 3 in France in 2008 and from the family of Light Shift, Shiva and Northern Trick and a filly by Selkirk who's progeny have done well at Beckhampton recently (Cityscape and Border Patrol). She's out of My Branch making her a half sister to Tante Rose. Bjorn Nielsen bought Tante Rose out of the December Sales as a three year old for 350,000gns in 2003 and she went on to win her only three races in 2004, a listed race , a Group 3 at York and finally the Group 1 Haydock Sprint beating Somnus by a short head ridden by Richard Hughes. Tragically she died giving birth to a Pivotal filly in 2008.