14th October news

Midweek Gallop Review

Work days at Dodlands (where several of the string are ridden at a faster pace to replicate the finish of a race) tend to be Wednesdays and Saturdays, so below you'll find a summary of this Wednesday's gallop.
Following their final flat meeting of the season on Monday, Musselburgh Racecourse allowed trainers to gallop horses post-racing and we duly dispatched Garry and Callum up the road with 4 of our unraced horses. Rob Bewley's two - Jimmy's Jet and the 4 year old Leading Light ('Murphy') - plus the Libertarian gelding ('Carter') and Neigh Botha. Callum Bewley and Craig Nichol were also on hand.
They completed the full 2 mile bumper trip, at a reasonably steady pace for unraced geldings. Just like a normal bumper then.........

So on Wednesday, that quartet just did their normal morning exercise rather than form part of any 'work' group.

Lot 1
Out the yard before the sun had risen. Actually it was such a grey morning that it was a few hours later before the sun appeared so there aren't any photos from this lot.

Lot 2
A bit brighter, so a couple of photos.

Nell & Hope working
Stainsby Girl (Georgina) & Lady Villanelle (Shay)

A couple of pairs of horses were working in this lot which comprised of 6 horses. They came up once as a group then split into 3 sets of two for the second pass.

Mac & Marcus
Nights In Venice (Connor) and 'Marcus' (Callum) and

Lot 3

Rodney and Seb
Enemy At The Gate (Laura) with Stolen Money (Callum)

Lot 4
After the breakfast break, just a piece of roadwork for couple of horses who have recently returned to the yard to round off the morning. 'Emily', a 'Paper' sibling, and the 4 year old Sulamani gelding So Many Roads.

We were astonished how tall So Many Roads was when he came back into Dodlands a week or so ago. He had been in for a couple of months in late Spring and we measured him then at 16.0hh. The 'stick' was brought out again on Wednesday and he is now 16.1hh - he'd grown an inch in 5 months!
Good news but that growth spurt had taken its' toll on the gelding's body condition so his roadwork, complete with bungee fittings, will be a week or so longer than usual. The improvement though is now clear to see and we'll continue for another 10 days or so before he moves onto the gallops where he'll naturally tighten up.

Andy in Yard
So Many Roads (Callum)

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