Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group
I caught up with William Knight yesterday who was in upbeat mood following Author's Dream's second success last week. It is bitterly cold up on the downs but the horses are healthy and enjoying the spell of dry weather.
Goodwood Showman has been held up due to an abscess in his foot. It is not serious and will require no more than some antibiotics and an extra visit from the farrier; but it will result in his return to cantering exercise being delayed by around 10 days. Our horse looks well and physically William is very happy with him. If there has to be a delay, then better now than in April.
Goodwood Sonnet is making his presence felt! Out of the blue he leapt onto the horse in front of him recently and unfortunately this resulted in William's wife Emily's hand requiring surgery. William tells me it is not serious, but nevertheless it is a nuisance. Our colt is an active individual and William considers that he may be well forward. He is really enjoying exercise on the long sand canter which he completes with ease; throwing his toe out and using himself well. He will continue to canter on a daily basis before William sorts out his juveniles into 3 batches; those to do a little more; those to have restricted exercise and those whom he must give more time to. It would be no surprise to see our colt fall into category one.
Your February newsletter together with a questionnaire is now complete and due to be mailed this week.
This line will be updated again on Friday, 23rd February after I return from the GROG trip to Singapore.
Goodwood Showman is enjoying regular exercise trotting through the woodlands of AngmeringPark. This is his conditioning work and will stand him in good stead for when he resumes cantering next week. Horses in training are subject to a number of compulsory vaccinations which must be recorded in their passports by a veterinary surgeon to satisfy the BHA that they have been adminstered. Our horse will have his second EHV (Equine Herpes Vaccination) this weekend, after which he will continue at trotting exercise only for 4 days to ensure that he has not had any adverse reaction to the vaccination. All being well cantering exercise will resume for him next Thursday.
Goodwood Sonnet has progressed from the short woodchip canter to the long sand gallop and according to the trainer he has taken the step up in his stride. To date only the colts have been asked to venture onto the sand gallop which is more demanding than the canter; the fillies will follow in about a fortnight. Our colt is quite a character and is making his presence felt. He is not misbehaving, but he is no slouch and his rider must be on the ball at all times as he has a tendancy to suddenly do something silly, such as leap forwards or try to jump on another juvenile. William says there is no malice in him; but he commands respect! Members might like to see an image of him on the canter (10 days' ago). We will be including an image of him on the long sand canter in the next printed newsletter; where hopefully you will see quite a difference already.
The February newsletter which includes images and reports has gone to print and will be mailed together with a questionnaire the week after next.
I visited Lower Coombe Stables on Friday of last week and found a yard busy and thriving having secured two wins during the week with Unit of Assessment for GROG Member Andrew Hetherton and Author's Dream. The challenge is to keep it going!
Goodwood Showman is taking daily exercise on the horsewalker and no longer goes out into the paddock. In truth the weather and ground is so horrid at present that he is better off in his stable. He will resume trotting exercise around the woodland paths of the Angmering Park Estate today and then steady cantering next week. He has changed signficantly in terms of appearance, very much taking on the stamp of horse from the Halling line. William and I are rather pleased about this because it suggests that he is developing into more of a three-year-old type. He is altogether taller and leaner with a charming outlook and temperament. We remain hopeful that he will be a nice mile and a quarter horse this year.
I joined William for morning exercise and saw Goodwood Sonnet under saddle. Pleasingly our colt moves really well, tucks his head down and strides out willingly on the woodchip surface. Whilst he may be a little smaller than some of the other juveniles, he moves as well as anything and does not ride like a small horse. He is up a bit behind, so I'm hopeful that he still has further growth in him. I was particularly pleased to see him relax at exercise sensibly following his lead and not pulling. It is too early to predict with any accuracy, but given an injury free passage, we envisage that he could be ready to run by June or July. Members might like to note that a very good article on Lope de Vega appeared in the Bloodstock section of the Racing Post on 4th January.
Your January newsletter should now be with you, together with enclosures the Social Event Calendar and Racing Information for 2018.