Suzy Smith Racing - News 2019 - 2020
We had a lovely trip to Cork to see all our broodmares and their beautiful foals last week, the weather was fantastic and all the horses looked very well in the sunshine. There are some very exciting individuals in this year's crop and we are very lucky to have such correct foals with fabulous pedigrees. All the mares we have out there have been in training with us, so there will be plenty of faces that you may recognise in the gallery where we have uploaded our favourite photos for you.
Our Owners' Morning on Sunday was great fun, we were lucky that the rain held off and we were able to parade the horses for everyone to see. Everyone commented that the horses looked magnificent and they are a credit to the staff who turned them out so beautifully. We believe that we have a fantastic line up of horses for the season ahead and are really looking forward to getting going with some potentially smart horses. Again, please take a look at the gallery for pictures of the horses parading.
To give Archie the chance to ride in two pony races, we made the decision to send him and Macey up to Wolverhampton on the same day, to compete over four furlongs in a novice pony race. They did extremely well to finish a clear third; he sent her off in front and she was right there until the last furlong when two very capable ponies came past her in the closing stages. They both really enjoyed themselves and we are very much looking forward to Lingfield where I think there will be quite a few of our staff and owners wanting to go and support them both!
Most of our jumps horses are back in from their summer holidays and are looking very well and are now mainly cantering. We believe we've got a very nice group of horses to look forward to this season. The first of our National Hunt horses are likely to run in October.
Our flat horses have been keeping us busy over the last couple of months! The Blue Bower has had two more places finishing a very good third at Windsor and most recently she was fourth at Salisbury. We have found that she would probably benefit being more patiently ridden. She will likely be out middle of September. Lightning Bug, now has her handicap mark. She had her first run in a nursery at Chelmsford over a mile. The race unfortunately was very slowly run and turned into a sprint, whereas she needs an even gallop. She will likely go to Chepstow in September, back on turf as this would be a stiffer test, bearing in mind she is bred to stay.
We have leased a pony 'Litton Spring Song', known as Macey at home, to give our budding jockey Archie (14 years old) the opportunity to ride in a pony race and basically train him up in order to ride the racehorses. Archie has been here most of his summer holidays working in the mornings. Last week he had his racing assessment at Lingfield Park and has one more Pony Club rally to go to before he will qualify for a raceday on October 29th at Lingfield Park. Archie is coming on in leaps and bounds and we very much hope that all of us will be able to get down to Lingfield to cheer him on, on the day!
We have just said goodbye to Bertie Symonds who has secured a novice rider position at Alan Hill's which is a very good Point to Point yard. He had a few rides in Point to Points for Diana Grissell last season being placed and rode out for us a couple of mornings a week whilst he was doing his A Levels at Southdown College in Lewes. We wish him the best of luck and will follow his career with interest.
And finally, we had a great evening at Racing Welfare's summer social and BBQ in Epsom, where staff from different racing yards all get together to socialise and have inter-yard rounders. Our staff teamed up with Jim Boyle's yard and finished in third place!
We had our last runner over jumps before the horses went away for their holidays, on 9th May, when Vue Cavaliere ran with great credit under Ben Godfrey to virtually make all at Worcester finishing third. She was much improved for the brush hurdles, which she has much more respect for than the traditional type and stuck on gamely at the finish. Her future lies very much over the larger fences.
Vue Cavaliere has joined the others on their holidays now and the first of the National Hunt horses will be back in early July to start their walking and trotting.
Both of our 2yo flat horses have had their first runs this month. The Blue Bower put in an eye-catching performance at Chelmsford to finish a close fourth, only beaten three and a half lengths from the winner. She got stuck behind a wall of traffic for the majority of the race and had to be switched wide to get a clear run and finished very strongly in the last couple of furlongs. She should be out again within the next couple of weeks.
Lightning Bug ran a couple of days later at Chelmsford. Unfortunately the conditions were extremely windy and many of the 2yos were playing up in paddock beforehand and this unsettled her a bit. She probably did a bit too much early on in the race and therefore didn't get home as well as she could have done. However, she has come out of her race well and will also be out again fairly soon.
Happily, all our broodmares have produced cracking foals this spring; Natural Spring had a Westerner filly, Aimigayle had a Court Cave colt, Material World had a September Storm filly and Jennifer Eccles has had a Court Cave filly. We are due to visit them in Ireland this summer and we'll do a dedicated update on them all after that when we'll be able to share lots of our lovely photos with you!
At last week's Goffs Landrover Sales in Ireland, we purchased a very handsome 3yo gelding by Arcadio. He is bred from the same lines as two exceptionally good black type mares of ours Aimigayle and Emmaslegend and we are particularly pleased with him. We are just starting the breaking in process with him and he is proving very amenable so far. He is for sale and also unnamed, so any prospective buyer will have the chance to name their own racehorse! Please get in touch with us for further information.