Limerick Leader patiently waiting on his lift to Perth this morning
LIMERICK LEADER (4.18) heads up to Perth today to tackle three miles for the first time. We felt the two-and-a-half around Southwell wasn’t enough for him last month and while Perth isn’t as sharp, we still think it’s worth stepping up in distance. His best run was over two-and-a-half at Newcastle, which is a big galloping track, so hopefully the added yardage works out here.
He went to Southwell a hot favourite after that good Newcastle run but the winner won easily there and we were a bit disappointed not to offer more of a challenge. He remains in good form, however, and the ground will suit us especially as the good-to-soft has come out of the ground and it will be proper summer good. Limerick loves the top of the ground and with no showers forecast now, conditions will be in our favour.
Craig gets back on board following his injury a few months ago and we were delighted for him to get a winner at Stratford the other day. Obviously that means we’re forgoing Dylan’s claim and because of that we’re carrying a bit more weight, but he’s a big horse who is more than capable of handling it.
It has been a very quiet time on the yard, as you might have guessed from the lack of updates recently. Unfortunately we can report that the fillies who won at Kelso have picked up little suspensory problems so won't run again over the summer. Rockonsoph’s isn’t too bad so it shouldn’t keep her out too long, but Rae Des Champs won’t be seen until next year now. That’s a blow because we were hoping to get a few runs into her and had targeted a valuable race at Uttoxeter - so that was a blow.
Hermann Clermont and Get With It have had a little midsummer break but will be stepping back up again in the next few weeks - and holiday time for the rest of the horses is almost over! We’ll start bringing most of them back from next week onwards so a bit of life will start returning to the yard. The staff have all been taking their holidays, getting in their time off and trips to the sun, so it has been a pretty quiet place with not much happening beyond the general maintenance these months allows time for.
The quiet will be shattered pretty soon though as the winter horses get back on the yard and we start preparing them for the new season. It's always a great time when you get the boxes filled up again and there's a buzz about the place thinking of what could happen in the months ahead as you see how they've developed and start thinking about future plans. Bring it on!