Tuesday 21st January
We had a great morning at Oliver Sherwood’s yard on Saturday seeing our 4yo by Walk In The Park being put through his paces. He cantered upsides on the grass gallops for the first time this year and will soon start to gallop in amongst a group of 3 before the pace of his gallops start to increase. Oliver could not be happier with the horse and the morning was rounded off by a delicious breakfast at The Pheasant Inn as this boy’s racing name was announced – Walk In The Wild! We cannot wait to see him debut this March.
Ruby Yeats holds entries at Doncaster and Fontwell Park over the weekend with Doncaster looking the most likely at the moment due to the ground. After an unseat at Lingfield and some careful jumping last time out at Plumpton, Gary has decided to give the mare a run over hurdles to hopefully give her confidence a boost. SB
Friday 17th January
We spent this morning at David Menuisier’s yard overlooking our string. Our 2-year old colt has now arrived with David for full training and has settled into the routine ever so well. He looks fantastic and is hack cantering away on the gallops. David couldn’t be happier with his early progress – watch an interview with David here!
We are looking forward to holding our first group visit to see him at David’s next Saturday 25th January – come and join us! 5% shares for sale.
Our older horses 6-time winner Dragons Voice and Poetic Lilly have both arrived back at David’s as they now prepare for the season ahead. SB
Wednesday 15th January
Our 2-year old by Invincible Spirit with Marco Botti looked fantastic on the Newmarket gallops this morning. She has grown and developed physically and dropped her head beautifully as she cantered up the Heath.
Marco is really encouraged by her progress and describes her as a “straightforward filly who has not put a hoof wrong since joining us!” It is still early days and the plan will be to gently step her exercise up at work but all being well he believes she could be ready to race in May/June.
Click here to see a recent interview with her trainer and join our next stable visit on Saturday 25th January! SB
Tuesday 14th January
It is fairly quiet in the HOTSR office in terms of runners but we are busy with stable visits this week! We are heading up to Newmarket tomorrow (weather/QEII bridge permitting!) to see our string with Marco Botti. Lady De Vega and Latin Knight are undertaking preparations for their seasonal debuts whilst our 2yo filly is now confidently cantering amongst the string up the Heath.
Later on this week we will be visiting David Menuisier’s yard to see our Pivotal colt (watch this space for new photographs!) before travelling to Oliver Sherwood’s yard as we hold the naming morning for our 4yo by Walk In The Park. He is on course to make his racecourse debut in March so Owners have currently got their thinking caps on to come up with a great name for this boy! SB
Friday 10th January
Our 2-year old colt by Pivotal has now arrived at David Menuisier’s yard for full training. He has settled in brilliantly, has not turned a hair and David reports him to be the best ride out of all of his 2-year olds!
We cannot wait to see how this individual progresses with David – watch him on the gallops on Saturday 25th January. 5% shares for sale!
Monday 6th January
Waikiki Waves ran an absolute blinder at Sandown Park, finishing 5th but incredibly lucky not to finish closer after a bad blunder at the last (not helped by a horse cutting right across him.) After 73-days away from the track thanks to a virus, this was a great return and both Jamie and Gary are confident Waikiki can win similar races very soon.
Ruby Yeats did not enjoy one bit of her Plumpton experience yesterday, and thankfully Josh Moore looked after her. She will return to hurdles now so to regain her jumping confidence. EA.
Thursday 2nd January
Happy New Year! Normal service has resumed in the HOTSR office and our first runners of 2020 will be Waikiki Waves stepping up in grade at Sandown Park 4/1 and Ruby Yeats at Plumpton 5/1.
A lot of our flat horses have now recommenced light ridden exercise in preparation for returning to full training later this month. SB.
Tuesday 31st December
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Owners and readers a very Happy New Year! Thank you for all of your support in 2019 which has been another great season for Heart of the South Racing.
We are very much looking forward to 2020 which will see the racecourse debut of our exciting NH horse with Oliver Sherwood, the return of our older flat horses (Good Luck Charm for his final season and our progressive 3-year old fillies of particular interest) and of course our new 2-year olds who will commence full training as they prepare for the season ahead.
We look forward to seeing you at the yard or races in the New Year!