Leopardstown Thu, 20th Aug, 2020
Estepona Sun We don't have enough claimers in this country and HRI haven't been putting them on this year. The excuses they are giving us aren't right, they are saying that owners can't come and look at horses. I've had several phone calls from English trainers today asking us about the horses and taking our advice. We were represented in every claimer last year and they've been claimed. It stops us having to go to the sales, bringing staff to the sales in England who would then need to quarantine for two weeks. We have to have claimers. If there was a claimer a week it takes horses out of the sales. In every claimer last year our horses were gone and I wouldn't be surprised if two of the three, if not all three, were claimed. We are an honest yard. We price them right, accounting for the prize money, and we take the cost out of having to travel. All these horses are in the sales next week at Newmarket. It's vital that HRI support Irish trainers and have claimers at least once a month, if not once a week. Everyone who has one in a claimer gets a run whereas in the 0-65s they get balloted out. You can have different levels of claimers. The excuses HRI are giving are not acceptable. I've got five calls from England today and they are good enough to take my word. We want claimers to continue and aren't going to put them wrong. Jim Gough has claimed plenty of ours. There was a race the other day with four horses in it that had been claimed from us. Vormir won the other day and I was delighted
Naas Wed, 24th Jun, 2020
Dacesa She went a bit weak on us about five weeks ago and has only done two bits since so there should be a good bit of improvement to come.