November 09 2016
The Tattersalls October Horses In Training Sale ended with two new arrivals making their way to Saxon Gate. Both are two year olds who were bought with next year in mind and will most likely be seen on the all-weather this winter.
The first is Alkashaaf (pictured left), a More Than Ready gelding purchased from Shadwell Stud’s draft. He has run only once when fifth in a 7f maiden at Kempton for John Gosden. A lovely big horse with a good depth of girth and plenty of scope, he has settled in well in Upper Lambourn and moves beautifully. All our riders are big fans of his and Archie will look to run him in December. SHARES ARE AVAILABLE – click here for more info.
The second new arrival is Plead, a Dutch Art filly purchased from Cheveley Park Stud. She has run three times, progressing to finish a clear second to runaway winner Horseplay in a Nottingham maiden. A beautiful, athletic filly, she has settled in well and should give her new owner a lot of fun. With an opening mark of 70, Archie will look to run her in a nursery in the next few weeks.
On the racetrack the horses continue to give a good account of themselves. Ride The Lightning overcame a stumble on the home turn, and a horse hanging and carrying him wide the whole way up the straight, to be caught in the shadow of the post by a fast finishing rival at Kempton. He tries so hard, and has a very special place in our hearts after becoming our first winner 2 weeks previously at the track.
Texas Katie, Ebony N Ivory, and Chevallier will all be in action on Friday and Saturday at Lingfield park this week as the All-Weather season kicks into gear.
Back home at Saxon Gate, the yearlings have started to arrive from their pre-trainers. Jane Allison, Gary and Craig Witheford, and Hetta Stevens have all done a fantastic job in starting our next crop of runners. Archie and Claire are incredibly grateful to them for their, and their teams’, hard work. The babies have all been ridden away beautifully and are cantering away up the Short in Lambourn. Now we can start dreaming of next summer!