I was very glad to be away during the -15 degree weather but am glad to be back in action now especially in the 18 degree weather we have been having this week. Unbelievable for this time of the year. Spring is definitely on its way which means the flat season is just around the corner!
We are going to make the most of this unusual weather tomorrow and take a handful of horses for a spin on the grass canter. We will not be doing anything major but it will be nice for them to get the grass under their feet and have a change of scenery.
Majority of the horses are losing their coats thick and fast at the moment and they are all really starting to take shape. We have a lot of horses to be excited about this year and we are really looking forward to the season ahead.
Maristar will continue her American campaign and is currently at Goldmark Farm in Florida. She has done exceptionally well during her spell in the paddock and has really enjoyed relaxing with the sun on her back. We have high hopes for her this year and we hope she follow in Pachattacks footsteps and really excel herself.
Our new International Traveller Jordan Chalmers will be taking charge of Maristar throughout the season. Jordan has spent the last 18 months working in Australia for David Hayes and Anthony Cummins followed by a spell in Ireland where she was travelling head girl for Gordon Elliot. She has gained a multitude of international experience and we are very pleased to have her on our team.
We were pleased to welcome back Burj Alzain last weekend after he flew back from Lexington. He will be staying here throughout the season and we hope to get him to the Dubai Carnival in November.
Since our last update, Zain Princess won under her new ownership in the colours of Darren Hudson-Wood. It was a low grade race but a winner is a winner and she done it in great style. We were thrilled to get off to such a good start for Darren. We will give her a little bit of time now to recuperate as she had a few niggling issues last year, but she seems to have come out of the race in great order.
Zaina ran another very promising race to finish 2nd behind a very smart filly of Mark Johnstons. She will improve greatly for the run and the winner was given a rating of 81 due to her previous form so she has done very well to finish within a few lengths of her. We will give her plenty of time to recover before looking for another suitable maiden for her.
Looking to next week, we have Bint Alzain entered up twice. It is looking likely that she will head to Wolverhampton on Monday for the extended mile maiden race. It looks like a nice little spot for her and I have been very happy with how she has been training at home.