Saturday morning saw stable visits to Ben Haslam’s and Karl Burke’s yard. On a blustery morning in Middleham, our first port of call was to Ben Haslam’s yard, the picturesque Castle Hill Stables. As it stands, we have three horses in training with Ben and we first saw Castle Hill Cassie. She is a beautiful horse that won twice last year, she is an improving mare that should be in for a good year and she looked fantastic on the day. We also saw Cherry Oak, she was unlucky to finish runner up twice in January, she is now on a short break and being readied for a turf campaign. Cherry Oak is improving and strengthening all the time and she will be winning soon, we still have some shares available: Click here for profile.
The last horse we saw was First Breath, our unraced Bated Breath gelding. He has a size and presence about him, a fantastic looking animal. His half-brother came second in Hong Kong recently and was rated 98 when based in the UK. First Breath will be prepared to run in a maiden in April and looks a very interesting prospect for the season ahead; we do have shares available: Click here for profile
We then moved onto Spigot Lodge to see the Ontoawinner horses under the care of Karl Burke. Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse when the wind picked up and the rain set in. First to be paraded before the large crowd of owners that had braved the weather were all the older horses in training. The only absentees were London Protocol (currently enjoying the Meydan sunshine) and Magic Mark (ran at Kempton on Saturday night).
There were plenty of positive comments regarding the older horses and we had very positive news regarding Bournville (unraced Casamento mare) and Raydiance (Pat Eddery Ascot Listed winner). We have lots to look forward to in 2018 with the other older horses.
There was a lot of excitement regarding the development of the eleven unraced two-year olds and their progression to date. Owners took the time to get pictures with their horses and hear first-hand from Karl his thoughts on each one of them. Karl was very upbeat and has commented that “The horses are in great order as we build up their work regimes. They are just back from their winter breaks and are doing lots of conditioning work to build their fitness. We start to do quicker work towards the end of February and into March and these are the nicest bunch of two-year olds Ontoawinner have ever had.”
It’s too early to say where and when these two-year olds will be running but a few that took the eye, and are already sold out, were the Showcasing Colt, the Morpheus Colt and the Footstepsinethesand Colt. Of the 2 year olds with shares available, 2 in particular caught the eye: the Toronado Filly and Swiss Spirit Filly looked extremely well and both have shares available.
Swiss Spirit x Perfect Pursuit
“She is working well and is making good progress. She is a filly I will kick on with next month. She looks sharp.” – Shares start at £560 per 2.5%.
Toronado x Cross My Heart
“She is working well and is pleasing me. She has an entry in the Tattersalls Sales race on October 6th at Newmarket. She looks a nice filly and moves very well. ” – Shares start at £560 per 2.5%.
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After the parade of horses all owners had a good look around the yard before everyone moved back to Middleham where everyone enjoyed a spot of lunch at The White Swan. Plans and hopes for the upcoming season were discussed and there was excellent criac as to which horse will be our next two-year old rated over a hundred; we had three last year with Corinthia Knight, Raydiance and Staxton!
Many thanks to all our owners who braved the elements and to both Ben, Karl and all their staff for the work that went into the day.
Our next stable visit is planned for Saturday 3rd February at 9.30am at Adrian Keatleys Yard at Rossmore Cottage Stables, Friarstown, The Curragh, Co Kildare to see Group One Winner G Force and our new two-year-old by Compton Place. There will be further yard visits planned for Tim Easterby, Ollie Pears, Archie Watson and our other trainers before the turf season starts. If you are interested in attending please get in touch.