My Race Days
Since I last wrote Summer seems to have turned to Autumn and having just finished getting last year's yearlings ridden and racing, the sales season is upon us once again.
The weather is noticeably chillier in the mornings and the evenings during the last fortnight and it is ever darker when the alarm wakes me rudely each morning. The horses are wearing their exercise sheets once more and are rugged up at night. I am dreading having to start clipping their coats before too long also.
The reflective jackets and saddle cloths for horses are on standby and the evening meetings have finished, except for the floodlight tracks of Kempton and Wolverhampton. I am already having nightmares about driving the horsebox back from Wolverhampton after a runner in the 9.20 race at their weekly Saturday fixtures. Getting out of the relatively warm horse box to battle with the frozen lock on the yard gate in minus degrees at 1am is not appealing! I shall have to scour the sales catalogue for a horse to take me to Dubai this winter instead...
One thing that does always keep us warm in the cold months are the yearlings. Breaking them in and riding them away normally makes us come out in a sweat even on the coldest days. (As does falling off and running round the heath to catch them!) Every year, just when you have tamed the previous bunch, the sales catalogues start arriving, with offerings of a whole new set of delinquents/potential superstars.
France, Doncaster and Keenland Sales have been, Ireland is on this week and next before the circuit rolls on to Tattersalls here in Newmarket at the beginning of October. I made my first trip to Keenland this year and what a place. They had the shiniest, best looking horses that I had seen, and with pedigrees to match. Unfortunatley they also came with price tags way out of my league, so I spent most of my time enviously window shopping and day dreaming. Still a great place to go and hopefully I made some useful contacts too.
Before the season ends though, there is some great racing to look forward to, with the Cambridgeshie, the big Two Year Old races at Newmarket and the new Champions Day at Ascot, plus the Arc meeting in Paris and the Breeders Cup to finish it all off.
For us we have some runners still to look forward to, with Carinya looking forward to some soft ground along with Signore Momento, who made a pleasing return to action at York recently, after a year on the sidelines. Art Of Gold and Sweetscot both made their debuts this month and should know more next time, although on looks next year will be when we see them in a better light.
Darcey has been flying the flag for us recntly, with back to back victories at Chepstow and Yarmouth, she ran creditably again yeaterday at Redcar finishing 5th under a penalty and she will hopefully run again if we can freshen her up in the next fortnight or so. She does like fast ground so it may the all weather for her now unless we get and Indian Summer...
About Amy Weaver
My name is Amy and I'm the trainer of a stable of 20-odd horses up in Newmarket, which is known as the "HQ" of flat racing.
After working alongside many great trainers I took the plunge in 2008, aged 26, to go it on my own, and it's been the most amazing experience so far.
It's so exciting to be able to share with you all the highs and lows of being a racehorse trainer. We have a great young team here, who you'll all get to meet, and we'll show you the life behind the scenes in a trainers yard, hopefully you'll keep in touch with us and how we get on!
We're a growing stable so it's an exciting period, we've got some good horses here who you can get to know, so there's some good times ahead.
It's not all horses though, we have a great laugh too. I'm also here to tell you more about racing so ask away if you have any questions, and enjoy our story!
- 26.07.13 Fun In The Sun. Part 1
- 08.05.13 The Sales, The Stig, The Stalls and a Dilemma.
- 06.04.13 The Grand National, no Tips and the story of an Unlikey Hero.
- 23.03.13 A Dead-Heat, Disqualification, Bingo & Snow.
- 05.03.13 Team Weaver takes on America and wins! - TWICE!!
- 05.02.13 From the frying pan to the freezer, via Iceland. Part 2.
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Hi Amy, Just got myself into a point to pointer/hunter chaser for the new season and really excited about him, my nearest track is Kelso,have you had any runners as far north as Kelso?