March & April has seen the weather change and the ground has dried up considerable from what it was throughout the wet winter! Florella has run consistently and finished a good 4th at Warwick over 3m5f confirming that she needs a stamina test, either with softer ground or a longer trip. Jo Mahler ran at Huntingdon and was slightly disappointing although a reason for this did become apparent a couple of days later when a large abscess burst out of her neck, which must have been making her feel under the weather for a little while. Lemon Shoulder ran at Plumpton at the beginning of April and ran very well for a long time, but didn't quite get home so we'll look for a shorter distance for him. Bit of a Legend also ran at Plumpton and we have taken the decision to retire him from racing, he's a lovely big horse but we feel that racing maybe isn't his game and he would potentially make a smart Eventer, so we are currently in the process of re-schooling him and then he will be for sale.
This brings me on to Uknowwhatimean (Eddie), he was very unlucky in running 3 times over the last couple of months - being brought down, hitting false ground and then finally, at Fontwell he got totally squeezed out at the third last hurdle. Sadly, this resulted in him landing very awkwardly and he sustained an injury that he could not have recovered from so the decision was made for him to be put to sleep as that was the kindest thing, he will be missed as he certainly was a character!
The weather throughout February was far from helpful, with below freezing temperatures for over a week and heavy rain when everything thawed! This meant that things weren't able to go to plan and meetings were abandoned, however, we did manage to run Florella & Bit of a Legend at Fontwell although the ground had become very testing and both horses pulled up, however they're both home safe & sound!
After some brief respite from restrictions, we're back into Lockdown and that unfortunately means that Owners are currently unable to attend racing, we hope that this ruling will change in the not too distant future.
Bit of a Legend ran over fences at Plumpton and found them much more to his liking and now has a handicap mark, Uknowwhatimean also ran over hurdles at Fontwell in ground that the jockey described as 'beyond heavy', but it was mission accomplished and he has been granted a mark of 90, we look forward to finding some suitable races for them. Florella also ran at Fakenham at the beginning of the month in her first handicap at Fakenham, the ground wasn't really testing enough for her and the trip was a bit sharp so we will look to find a bit more of a stamina test for her.
December has brought a little relaxation in Lockdown rules, and we were delighted to be able to see small crowds back to Racecourses, which, although we are very grateful to continue racing at all, having had months of very quiet venues it was very welcome to have a bit of atmosphere back at the races!! Uknowwhatimean had his first run over hurdles for us and ran pleasingly in a Novice Hurdle at Plumpton, he needs one more run for a handicap mark and we look forward to campaigning him when the ground improves. Bit of a Legend also ran at Plumpton and seems to find it all happening a little quickly over hurdles so we will look to run him over fences next tiume out. Florella was meant to head to Lingfield for a 2m7f Handicap chase, however unfortunately the meeting was abandoned due to waterlogging so we will look for an alternative. Jo Mahler had her third run to get a Handicap mark as has been rated 92, she will have a mini break for now and we will look to run her hopefully in mid-February. Lemon Shoulder is also now back in work, he had to have a little time off following his fall at Fontwell, but now seems to be fine and he will benefit from Spring ground anyway.
We were extremely relieved that we were able to continue racing while the country went into Lockdown again. It is incredibly frustrating for everybody and all businesses, especially in the lead up to Christmas. Whilst the trips to the races have seemed a little odd with hardly anyone there, they have been worthwhile. Florella has now been given a handicap mark of 91 which we think is fair and useful for her, and Jo Mahler has now had 3 runs over hurdles so we should find out what her rating will be next week. Both the mares went to Huntingdon and ran brilliantly, both over not entirely suitable distances - Florella finished 3rd and Jo Mahler finished 4th. Bit of a Legend ran at Plumpton, and went well for a long way, however the jockey reported that he would benefit from a tongue tie, so we are looking for an opportunity for him in the next few weeks. Uknowwhatimean also will hopefully make his return to the track, he won his maiden Point to Point easily and has since ben a close second in a restricted so it will be exciting to see what he can do over hurdles!
We had our first runners under rules at Fontwell on 21st October! Jo Mahler ran in a Maiden Hurdle and Lemon Shoulder ran in a Novice Handicap Hurdle. Rather frustratingly the weather wasn't on our side and it rained heavily over night causing the ground to change to soft which wasn't really in either horse's favour, however, Jo Mahler finished so the run will count towards her gaining a handicap mark. Unfortunately Lemon Shoulder fell, however there will be another day for him and he will certainly appreciate better ground!
Florella & Bit of a Legend plan to run in early November so the workload has stepped up for them too. Uknowwhatimean is a little bit behind them in terms of work but he is coming along nicely.
So, it's been a remarkably strange year so far! What with meetings being abandoned because of the wet weather at the beginning, followed by Lockdown in March, we weren't really sure if we were coming or going!!
However, we have some very exciting news - as of the 24th September, Cynthia has been granted her license to train under Rules by the BHA! We are looking forward to having our first runners within the next few weeks and we're very much looking forward to this new chapter! We have a couple of syndicates available, please see our Horses for Sale page for more information.
I think everyone in the UK will agree that we are all fed up with the rain, it really does seem to have been non-stop! Sadly a lot of racing has been cancelled and plans have had to be changed accordingly. Thankfully Charing managed to go ahead having postponed a week and many thanks go to everyone whose time and effort went in to making this possible! We took Bit of a Legend who was having his second start over fences in a 2m4f maiden, he jumped well and finished 6th, he will have certainly furthered his education and he really wants 3 miles ideally on better ground. Hopefully he will run again soon in more favourable conditions. Apparently with March, comes Spring, we really hope it will bring some warmer dryer weather and we can go racing!
Point to Pointing is now well under way! We took 3 to Larkhill at the beginning of the month, Florella again ran a pleasing race in hot company, she really needs more cut in the ground to get her advantage but with the continued rain this hopefully shouldn't be too hard to find, Bit of a Legend had his first run over fences and although he pulled up, he jumped well and learned a lot! Uknowwhatimean was going well, sitting in about 4th when he unseated 3 out, however he has since redeemed himself with a good 2nd at Higham! We were also thrilled to see one of our summer favourites, Bob Mahler, win the Edinburgh National!!
The horses workload has all been increased now and we had our first runner last weekend, Florella ran at Larkhill, she ran a good race in an exceptionally hot 20 runner Conditions race. We're really pleased to get the season underway and look forward to the other horses running soon, hopefully between Christmas and New Year.
The Pointers are now in full swing, and we are hoping to have our first runners in the next few weeks. We were thrilled to welcome so many of our Racing Club members, both existing and prospective to our Open Day, we were blessed with sunshine and we were able to show some of the horses school.
The last of the horses that we have had for their summer holidays and pre-training, Jammin Masters, went back to Warren Greatrex's yard at the beginning of the month and we look forward to seeing how he gets on this season! Bob Mahler also ran at Cheltenham's October meeting, and ran well on ground that really didn't suit him!
The Point to Point season is fast approaching and we're looking forward to it! Shares are still available in our Racing Club and in individual horses, please get in touch if you'd like to join us!
The Point to Pointers all had their shoes on at the beginning of September and started their Roadwork, which built up gradually throughout the month and they are now cantering. We hope that a couple of them will be ready to run at the early Cottenham meeting all being well! The last of the Pre-Trainers that we've had this summer, Jammin Masters has been loving his woodland adventures, i's quite different to what he's used to in Lambourn! We also have a new addition to the yard, a 5yo mare by Mahler who is going well, she's currently nicknamed 'Jo Mahler'.
August saw Bob Mahler head back to Warren Greatrex, and his stablemate Jammin Masters return to work. He will be with us for a good 6 weeks or so, he's a lovely horse to do so we're very pleased to be able to spend a little bit more time with him that we normally do. The first of the pointers came back into work as well, and are enjoying some roadwork and exploring around the woods that we are very lucky to have on our doorstep. We find varying their daily exercise keeps them happy as well as producing all round fitness and more rounded horses in general.
Bill, who has now been retired from racing and spends most of his time hunting, has also turned his hoof to Showjumping this summer and achieved a 3rd place in the Retired Racehorse final at Stoneliegh!
With all of the Point to Pointers on holiday, some of the pre-trainers have started back into work. Attest has been with us since January, and following a break, he returned to work with us. He enjoyed his varied work routine and was a pleasure to do, he has now gone into training with Dr Richard Newland and we look forward to following him this season! Bob Mahler, who has been a regular with us is also back in work and following his win at the Cheltenham April meeting, the season ahead could be very exciting for him, he will return to Warren Greatrex in a few weeks.
GREEN HEDGES FARM WINS LEADING YARD AWARD
We were thrilled to be crowned Champion Yard for the 2018/19 season for the South East Area. Whilst it was a challenging season with regard to the dry weather, subsequent quick ground and the Flu outbreak, all of the horses ran well and we had a first winner for the Green Hedges Racing Club that was in it's inaugural year when 'Uknowwhatimean' won his maiden at Penshurst! We also won the most Best Turned Out prizes in the Area which was testament to the team's attention to detail!