A visit to our two-year-olds

Neither Viva Rafa or Bertie Barnes enjoyed the soft ground at Kempton on Friday.  Rafa travelled well to the straight but having had a soft palate operation in the past, he needs better ground to finish his race.  Hopefully this will have teed him up for his novice chase career starting in March.

Bertie Barnes was never really travelling in the soft conditions and like most offspring of Craigsteel, he would prefer better ground than this.  We will step him up to three miles for his next race.

Having had a fair few runners recently, we are having a quiet week for runners this week but look forward to having some on the track next week.

Despite the conditions, there was some great racing over the weekend and delighted to see Kalashnikov win the Betfair as he is in my horses to follow competition along with Altior, who now looks set for the Queen Mother.

Late morning I went over to see some of our two-year-olds cantering who have been broken in by local jockey Charlie Poste.  We very much look forward to the daughters of Helmet, Dandy Man and Canford Cliffs joining the string shortly and adding to our gradually expanding flat string.