Last week was certainly a busy week away from racing. We have been quiet in terms of runners but with Doncaster Sales and our first wedding of the summer in Scotland it was a week from home. The 2014 edition of the Doncaster spring sales was an interesting one as we sold one old stock and invested in new. Abruzzi has actually gone to a friend of ours in Ali Brewer. I think he will win a 3 mile novice chase and being under bidder I was obviously putting my money where my mouth was. . .I had often thought that Tweedledrum may have been in the wrong sale and so it proved and despite her impressive goose stepping around the sales complex didn’t meet her required reserve. We still hope to sell her as she deserves her place at stud having been an absolute star for us. Incidentally, another former inmate – Valmari – foaled a lovely looking colt by Azamour and if he has anywhere near the talent of his mother then he will do well.
A couple of years ago I saw a bossy two year old by Midnight Legend in the field. He has stuck in my mind since and it was therefore very satisfying that last week I was able to buy him for existing clients as a four year old. His Kayf Tara half brother – Meadowcroft Boy – has shown the talent that the family can produce so I hope history can repeat itself. Another purchase was a 3 year old by Overbury from the family of Dublin Flyer. Overbury wouldn’t be everybody’s favourite sire but this horse stood out physically and there is no doubt that Overbury can get a good horse (Simon, Missed That and Ballyfitz). He is for sale.
We then moved up to Loch Tay for the wedding of Charlie Olver to Sarah Price. It was a spectacular event in every way especially as the weather was kind to them. The weekend was a tour de force of celebration and rightly so as the staging of a wedding is no mean feat (we know!) in itself but also in the union friends and family…here’s to Mr and Mrs Charlie Olver.