Dean said on Friday that he was pleased to report that following the announcement on 6 February of a low-grade virus at our Milnerton yard, that things have now returned to business as usual with our horses jumping out of their skin and training in full swing.
“It is a strange reality of life that often only when one encounters adversity that the old-fashioned loyalty and support of customers and staff is demonstrated and I have to say a heartfelt word of thanks and appreciation to all who rolled their sleeves up and rallied around with words of encouragement and support.
It has been a trying time for our team. A racing yard not racing and spending hours with slow long canters and medicating and tending ill horses is not the happiest place to be – but things have turned for the better and the spirit and vibe has never been better.
We stepped up the training routine from Monday 20 February and look forward to sending out our first runners in Cape Town in the next ten days.
While a virus is always an unwelcome visitor, I feel that the quick action taken in tandem with our veterinary team in addressing and resolving the issue will mean that we will be on a winning track in no time.
Looking on the bright side, given the firmness of the going in the Cape – the penetrometer reading at Kenilworth on Wednesday 22 February was 21 – the break may well also have come as a blessing in disguise.
As we always do in the first two weeks of March, preparations will soon be under way for the movement of our SA Champions Season contenders to KZN for the winter feature season there.
Thank you all so very much again for the gracious patience and fantastic support shown.
I hope to reward you with many winners!”