For anyone who follows my Twitter account (@stumat) you will know that my patience with this wet weather is wearing thin! Not only do we have no turf racing due to the
downpours, but the stud farm is, like many others, gradually getting muddier. Last year we had the horses out on the summer paddocks around now, but as I write we are still stabling all the horses at night and allowing them to get used to “heavy going” during the day on the winter grazing. At least the haylage man is making a packet!
Looking ahead, we still await our last two foals. Fangfoss Girls is due to foal a Garswood in the next few days, and Littlemoor Lass has another Albaasil on the way in a week or so. That will add to the beautiful Heeraat filly foal we had in February.
We have invested in a lovely little mare by Ifraaj called Vale of Clara. She ran in Ireland to a mark of 86 and won over sprint distances. A really pretty mare, she will visit Pearl Secret in a week or so all being well.
Other mating plans are that Princess of Rock has already visited Swiss Spirit and looks to be in foal – and Makindi is preparing to visit new sire Mattmu at Bearstone Stud. Once again the weather is making the mares’ reproductive cycles very slow to react but good rugs and quality food will help them on their way.
We will rest both Fangfoss Girls and Littlemoor Lass this year to allow them to be covered earlier next year. Both girls have produced superb foals in the last 4 years and deserve a year off from the kids we think!
At the other end of the career of a racehorse, we are pleased to say that multiple winner and globetrotter Pancake Day has retired to the stud after amassing wins and places for his owners in every year he ran. He will be retrained for RoR events and is settling in well – telling the yearlings how to win races we hope! His half sister, Elegant Joan was less adept on the racecourse and has been retired to work with the Northern Racing College, training budding jockeys and enjoying herself immensely. She was one of the fastest horses over 800 metres, and then seemed to get bored!
We have a bumper crop of horses we have bred about to enter battle for various owners this season. We wish them and their connections the very best of luck and a safe season. We will be following them avidly and may see you at the races soon.
Now, where’s the sun-cream? Helps to be optimistic!