Lolamotion was a sprinter and won over 5 furlongs. She will be going to Darley stallion Casamento who is a very risky choice for a breeder this year as he is about to have his first runners.
On the positive side his stud fee is low to try and encourage breeders to use him and I decided he is a risk worth taking. Casamento was a good two-year-old himself winning the Racing Post Trophy.
He had some lovely yearlings sell well at the sales and there was plenty of positive chat from trainers about the ones they have in their yards. He is also a lovely correct horse with plenty of size and substance which will suit Lola.
I went to see both stallions when I was at the sales in Newmarket. Visiting studs is a dangerous occupation for me as it gives me lots of ideas. I viewed Hot Streak at Longholes Stud and not only did I like the stallion but I also rather liked the viewing walkway. I am not sure whether I took more pictures of the stallion or the walkway!
There was also the great sales pitch given to me by Michael Wilson who was impressed with my knowledge of Hot Streak’s stats. I had to break it to him later that I had spent time in the Tweenhills Tippee where the Hot Streak video was on repeat. Great marketing!
Hot Streak from Equine Productions on Vimeo.
My trip to Dalham Hall where I used to work was a more familiar journey and it is like a palace for horses with a stud farm feel and although fantastic, it is not something I could replicate. Culworth Grounds has the feeling of a rural farm in the countryside which I also think is special and something not to be lost.