More than 200 guests attended our annual Owners' day at Seaborough on Sunday.
Hopes are always high at this time of year. With over fifty horses in training I'm confident we have our strongest team of chasers to date, particularly Karinga Dancer, Mendip Express and Vukovar to name just three.
They were among 35 horses we paraded on Sunday. The star of the show once again was our great flag-bearer Rock On Ruby who will be back over hurdles this season after a brief flirtation with chasing.
He came tantalisingly close to landing the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle in April. Decent ground is the key to his performance.
I firmly believe Ruby still has a lot more to give and am so lucky to have such a talented, top class horse as him so early in my career.
Others to make a big contribution last season include Activial, who I am aiming at the Greatwood Hurdle, and Highland Retreat who will carry the colours of the Harry Fry Racing Club when she campaigns over fences this winter.
Our novice hurdlers look to be an exciting crop having progressed through the bumper ranks. These include Jollyallan, Bitofapuzzle, Jolly's Cracked It, Thomas Brown, Zulu Oscar and Fletchers Flyer. We ended last season with 35 winners at a strike rate of 29 per cent. With some exciting new recruits over the summer, including several from France, supplementing our existing team we are looking forward to the coming season enormously.
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