Some welcome light rain this morning, forecast dry for the week and we will be heading down to Doncaster later today for their Spring Store sale followed by their Horses in Training sale. 285 of the former and 586 of the latter making 861 horses on offer (pre-withdrawals) – it is an important sale for us, the volume of horses creates a rare opportunity to find value and the timing means we can turn them to grass prior to coming in to work in July. We have bought a lot of winners here over the years so let’s hope our good fortune continues this week and we can unveil a few nuggets – do contact me if you would be interested in being involved, we have done a lot of homework.
There are two Kinneston entries in the sale, lot 761 Artic Row and lot 762 Sanosuke, both ran last week and arguably ran personal bests, they have come out of their races well and I would like to continue training them as there are plenty of reasons to believe they will improve again next season, albeit from a low level.
A wonderful winner at Perth on Wednesday evening with stable stalwart Arnica winning in game style, at last but well worth the wait as he is kindly leased to Team Kinneston by Ken McGarrity. Under this arrangement the staff receive 25% of the prize money and they and their families have the opportunity to go racing as Owners, it works well but this was the first time we have managed a winner. Very special, especially being at our local track with a good supporting team and a privilige to win a race run in memory of a much missed lovely friend – Alan Normile.
Elsewhere at Perth this week Ultra Violet ran well enough to be 4th but is better then this, Sanosuke was just denied in the shadow of the post, Not the Chablis bounced right back to form to finish a very close 4th, Lacila Blue found the ground a bit quick but stayed on well to be 3rd, Broadway Joe made a terrible blunder at the 3rd fence and sprawled badly – he is a little sore but hopefully fine for next season. Handicap debutants Tangiers and Not in Kansas both struggled.