Our new gallop has been fully in use since just before the New Year and all our work riders are delighted with the new, carpet-based surface. It replaces the woodchip gallop that had been in place since we started at Pant Wilkin in 2008, and is another excellent addition to the facilities at the yard.
We were treated to a very rare sunny morning at Pant Wilkin last week, which provided an equally rare opportunity to take some photos! Pictured left is Belize, who will have his second outing of the season at the weekend, while Nathans Pride (pictured far-right) could also be out soon, though hopefully we will find some better ground for him, as all six of his wins have come on a sound surface.
Beat The Tide (middle) and Dovils Date (right) also worked, the latter approaching his return from a layoff, though given his preference for good ground, he is likely to have a spin on the All-Weather first, with two options this week. Another with entries this week is Falcarragh (pictured right) who took a step in the right direction when third at Market Rasen last time and he is becoming well-treated on his old form.
The ex-French Noble Galileo (far left) was purchased privately late last year and he went well with Shout It Aloud, who finishing in the frame on three of his four starts over hurdles in the summer. Also working together were Royale Django and Debece, the former a three-time winner for us last year and the latter an exciting prospect to go novice hurdling in the coming weeks.
Bucking The Trend (pictured left) is lightly-raced, but he showed promise on his return from a long layoff on the first of two starts back late last year and he looks very well in himself at present, as does Rustamabad, who has finished in the frame on five of his six starts to date and fully deserves to get his head in front when he returns.