Update at the Manor House

Things are really getting busier now and we have got a host of entries across the next week as the turf season hots up, much as the weather isn’t doing, and we have 4 runners down at Newbury this afternoon, more of which later.

Out first lot this morning were the three year olds, most of whom had worked yesterday and so, were only having a light canter. We have had most of these for over a year now and, in general, I have the measure of them in terms of their ability and what kind of races are best going to suit. 

At this time of year, it is all about the two-year-olds – they are the exciting ones for me as you just don’t know how good they are going to be. You can get a steer from their pedigrees, but at the moment, you can see them developing as their physiques grow and they learn to gallop. 

At the back end of last summer, we ended up buying around 40 yearlings for this season at the sales – as they came to us, they were then sent on to be broken-in at local yards, mainly because we did not have the space at Manor House Stables. As the 2010 season drew to an end and horses were either sold on or finished for the year, more stables become available around October. We then went through a full steam-cleaning process for every barn and stable, before introducing the yearlings to different barns, mixing them in from the start with the other horses, whilst hoping that they got over any coughs and colds in the early stages of Winter.

It was only in March that we started working the most-advanced 2-y-o’s this year, a full month later than in 2010. Certain horses will need more time and therefore, we have not rushed them. MARFORD MISSILE is one of the more-forward types and I was really pleased with his win at Newcastle the other day. I expected him to run well and he did, which is always a confidence boost for the form of the string in general. He will have another run up at Gosforth Park and if he acquits himself well, the Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester, sponsored by Manor House Stables, will be the next stop.

There are some other 2-y-o’s that will run in the 5 furlong maiden at Chester’s May Festival if they continue to progress well. These include a nice Bahamian Bounty colt (still for sale), Lexi’s Prince and Pyman’s Theory. Our other Lily Agnes contenders would be Lord Ali McJones and Electric Qatar, although for all these youngsters, it really depends on how they come to hand in the next couple of weeks.

Looking at today’s runners at Newbury, I’ve given a brief assessment of their chances and form below:

2.10pm Gentle Lord

He will need to settle in order to get the 7f trip – if he manages that, I can see him running a solid race.

3.50pm Sunday Bess

We love this filly here at Manor House Stables. She is slightly being thrown in at the deep end having only been second in an all-weather maiden last year, but we think a lot of her.

4.55pm Noverre to Go

Now a 5-y-o, he has always needed his first run of the season to fine tune his race fitness.

5.25pm Nemo Spirit

It’s good to see him back in the yard after his hurdling season. He is entered in the Chester Cup and today, we are trying to get him a bit further up the handicap in order to get a run. The ground might not be soft enough for him.



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