Jane, Charlotte and I managed to find a spare morning on Monday to visit Gold Return (Ourika x Gold Away) and Last Word (Intermission x Bated Breath) in training with David Lanigan at Kingsdown Stables, Lambourn.

Kingsdown really does have the most fantastic facilities, truly breathtaking. David’s team are second to none and it’s clear they all love their job; all horses were beautifully turned out and there wasn’t one person without a smile on their face the whole morning.

It was lovely to see all the horses so calm on a Monday morning, they went quietly up the gallops and walked home relaxed on loose reins. Once back at the yard (weather depending) David likes them to have a pick of grass. Luckily for us the sun was shining and we got to spend ten minutes watching them graze and have a fuss with the lads and lasses that look after them. We’re very grateful to the team for doing such a great job with our girls.

With Gold Return looking to have another run very soon and Last Word aiming to have her debut in September there is plenty to look forward to. We’ll keep any racing updates on the news page.