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Blown Away

Posted on: 8th Feb 2016

Standing on top of Warren Hill waiting for the horses to come up the canter was not a nice experience. There was a Gale Force icy wind which was not ideal on a Monday morning. Luckily, TARZAN my hack enjoys eating grass and takes no notice of the conditions. The horses behaved very well but its never nice riding out when the winds are so fast. Everyone got back in in one piece which is the main thing.

Peter & Jan Hopper were keen and out on Warren Hill first thing on Saturday morning to see MAZZINI. It is debatable if they actually saw him as it was pitch black. They were able to see the half brother and sister THE TIN MAN (Equiano) and BLUES SISTER (Compton Place making her a full sister to DEACON BLUES) do their exercise. They have very similar characters. BLUES SISTER was a rather porky slob last year and it has taken a long time for her to get fit but she is travelling very well in her work now and if she goes on improving as she has recently she will be a nice filly one day. THE TIN MAN is similar in that he is quite lazy on Warren Hill but the fitter he gets the happier he looks. He much prefers the flat and takes a keener hold. Peter & Jan also have a two year old half sister to MAZZINI. They are both very similar in that they are both big powerful horses. She is much more like MAZZINI than GREEN MONKEY who was very small.

DAVE & JENNY KING came later to see the two year old Acclamation ex Double Fantasy filly they have a share in. Dave & Jenny have had interests in horses at Pegasus since 2004 when they had a share in RIVER MIST IMAGE. They are great supporters of Pegasus and come and help us out on Open Days etc. They spoil us all with lots of cakes and James with a constant supply of shortbread.

This week we have had two retirements. Guy Gredley has decided not to put FLORISS back into training but to have her covered. She will make a great broodmare and she was very talented on her day. HALLELUJAH returns to her owner Trevor Wells stud tomorrow. She has been a wonderful filly/mare to have in the yard and is the winner of the Listed Garrowby Stakes and third in the Group Three summer Stakes both run at York, which will make her progeny attractive at the sales.

At long last we have, hopefully, got the three FRED ARCHER RACING'S two year olds named. We dont give them the names until we get the passports back just in case for some reason we are not allowed them.