Kalash hated Kempton track
EXCITEMENT is building at all the studs around Newmarket as both the new covering season and the foaling season approaches.
The first foals are due early in the new year and the stallions start their covering season in February. I’m looking forward to seeing the first foals sired by ULYSSES at the Cheveley Park Stud, he was such a lucky horse for me.
SIR Michael Stoute went to see EXPERT EYE over Christmas at Banstead Manor Stud. He told me the horse has settled in well there and has been well received by the breeders and has a nice book of mares to cover.
Sir Michael will soon be off on his winter holiday to Barbados, he is never in Newmarket in January. He will return to HQ when the horses start back in training in February. James Hobson will take charge while he is away.
I HAD a nice trip to Kempton on Thursday to watch KALASHNIKOV, who, despite making two bad jumping mistakes, ran well.
His jockey reported the horse hated both going right handed and the track, it all happened too quickly for him.
Trainer Amy Murphy plans another race or two for the son of Kalanisi before Cheltenham in March, where he will be entered for the Arkle and the JLT novice chases. He is far better suited to a galloping track like Cheltenham than he was at Kempton this week.
HQ trainer Simon Crisford is planning to set up a satellite operation in Dubai next month for the winter with around 14 horses. Simon spent many years in the UAE at Al Quoz stables in his former job as racing manager with Godolphin.
He will be based at Millennium Stables where he is going to rent boxes from the Dubai Racing Club. Paul Holley will be in charge on a daily basis and Simon and his son Edward will commute there regularly.
The first horses left Stansted on Thursday including Century Dream and African Ride.