Suzy Smith Racing - News 2018 - 2019
We had an excellent Owners' Day, despite the rain, on Sunday 23rd September, everyone was very enthusiastic and really looking forward to the new season. Its a great opportunity for our owners to get to know each other, the horses we have in for the season, swap stories and chat with the staff who look after their horses on a day to day basis. About thirty of us went on to Plumpton Races for their opening meeting and had lunch in their excellent newly refurbished boxes. They have completely overhauled their Owners and Trainers bar and it's a huge improvement, this will greatly enhance our Owners' experience of having their horses race there - although it has always been our favourite track anyway!
We have three new members of staff to introduce. Megan and Chloe who are working for us part time - every morning and Libbi who has joined our weekend team. Megan is a valuable addition to the team and is just completing her Level 3 in Racehorse Managment. She holds an amateur jockey's licence and has had rides pointing, over hurdles and on the flat. This is Chloe's first job since leaving school and she has a placement booked for the end of November up at the British Racing School in Newmarket, where she will be starting out on her Level 2 apprenticeship. Chloe has her own horse, she is a hard worker and has been doing well since joining us. Libbi is still at school and is coming to work for us on Sunday mornings and every other Saturday afternoon. Libbi has her own horse and has been helping out at a local hunt yard previously, she is a very cheerful girl with a good manner around the horses and we very much like having her around.
Most of the horses are now in full swing and we are just waiting for a bit of rain before we can have our first runners out, which could be as early as next week - if we are lucky! We are very pleased with the way they are all going and we are thoroughly looking forward to getting started!
We see this month as the start of our new season, where both horses and staff come back refreshed from their holidays and dreams begin.
Our last runner was Onehelluvatouch at Uttoxeter where she put in a good performance to come fourth in a three mile hurdle. She jumped and travelled well and is ready to go again when it finally rains!
The horses out at grass summered extremely well however, for having no rain and are now starting work on their waistlines! They will be walking and trotting for several weeks and will resume cantering in August, with the majority of our runners coming out in October and November depending on the going - of course.
We've collected 'Benny' a two year old gelding by Jet Away out of Money Money Money who is owned by Jane Reece of Hook Lane Roobee fame! He has come in for four to six weeks education and light backing. He is currently being long reined and we should be on him in a week or so. He has been a model pupil so far and very quick to learn.
As part of Racing Staff Week we held a staff party and competition night - a series of games where we split into two teams "Young Uns versus Old Uns" which if I remember rightly I'm sure the "Olds" won!!
On the staff front, we are really happy to say that Chloe has turned full time with us now and has done particularly well over the last month gaining both her First Aid at Work and Fire Marshal qualifications! Our newest member of staff, Kathryn, has been accepted on to the British Racing School's nine week course commencing in August which marks the start of her Level 2 Apprenticeship with us. Congratulations to them both!