Suzy Smith Racing - News 2017 - 2018
A significant number of the horses are now in fast work and we are looking forward to having our first runners probably early next month. We are very pleased with how they are all looking and how much they much they are enjoying their work.
We welcomed over sixty of Plumpton Racecourse's Annual Members for a yard visit last Friday - which despite the squally weather was very enjoyable - they're a hardy bunch of true National Hunt enthusiasts! Jack Sherwood came down to jump a selection of the horses in a schooling display for the members. It was very interesting talking to different members of the group about their memories of racing here in Lewes in years gone by and getting to know the Plumpton regulars! Likewise for them, we hope we gave them a good insight into our work here and may recognise a few of the horses at their local track.
We have had two new arrivals so far this month. Strike The Flint, a three year old filly by Shirocco ex Material World who we broke in here as a two year old, has returned here to further her education. Also a three year old filly by Champs Elysees ex Plaisterer who was backed in Newmarket 18 months ago. She is dual purpose bred and therefore we would be hopeful that she might run in the Spring.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our guests for our Annual Owners' Day next weekend - let's hope the weather's kind to us and for the opening race meeting at Plumpton.
Since the beginning of the month we have been bringing some of the horses back in from their holidays to start work. They all seem to have done very well over the summer as the weather in May and June was particularly nice.
During our quiet period we have had Counteract here to break in. He is a two year old gelding by Dr Massini out of our brilliant race mare Aimigayle, the first of her progeny. He is a particulary nice individual who is very correct and looks as though he is going to make up into a decent sized horse with an extremely good temperament to match. He has gone back to Westerlands Stud now to develop and we look forward to having him back as a three year old.
We attended the Landrover Sales in Ireland in June where we purchased a cracking looking three year old gelding by September Storm out of a full sister to Let Yourself Go. We are delighted to say that he has since been purchased by Mrs Viv Palmer who also currently owns Red Devil Star who has been a great success for her in his own right. We are hoping he will run in a bumper in the spring and are very excited to have him in the yard.
You will see in our gallery new photos of our broodmares and their foals taken at Ballincurrig Stud a couple of weeks ago. We are delighted with how they all look, they really are a fine bunch of foals this year, all a decent size and well put together. We always look forward to visiting the mares and taking them a few apples. They were all winners for us and its fascinating to see the new generations coming through and family characteristics being passed down the line.