WISE FOX I am so sorry for you all of you who had a wasted journey to Chelmsford last night. It’s the first bad experience I’ve had at the course and it was such a shame. There isn’t anything suitable over 1m 2f for the next month so the race we will aim for is a 1m maiden at Southwell on 27 November. I’d rather run over further but we need to get the experience into him. I think that the surface will suit him, my worry would just be if he didn’t jump and travel early in the race he could have to face the kickback.
5 November 2018
WISE FOX has had a full week completing two canters up Warren Hill. He is in good form.
WISE FOX had a flu jab straight after his run so had a few easy days last week. He is back doing two canters and I will start looking for a race for him in the next two weeks.
23 October 2018
WISE FOX I was delighted with Wise Fox’s run at Newcastle last week. As expected he was very green through the early part of the race but once he found his feet he stayed on nicely to finish an eye-catching fourth. He will improve significantly for this run, the great news is that he has taken the race well and so hopefully we can head back to the races in a few week’s time with a more clued up animal.
18 October 2018
WISE FOX ran a most encouraging first race at Newcastle last night. He will come on an absolute bundle for that run, I think it will take a couple of runs for the penny to completely drop but I was delighted to see him hit the line well and show plenty of promise. I’m tempted to step up to 10 furlongs next time with him, he’s out of a Daylami mare so there should be plenty of stamina. He loaded ok into the stalls and then had to stand in them for some time. He was green throughout the race, as I thought he would be, before staying on well and not having the best of runs through. He left Newcastle early this morning and I haven’t seen him yet, but understand that he is ok.
WISE FOX galloped on Saturday and is ready to rock and roll. He is in fantastic form and working as well as I have seen him. There is a race at Windsor next Monday and Newcastle next Wednesday which would both suit him perfectly. At the moment Newcastle would be my preference.
1 October 2018
WISE FOX galloped on Saturday and is really starting to get there. He trotted up well after his gallop so that is another hurdle out of the way! He will do two more pieces of work this week and I will start doing some stalls work with him and once again we are starting to get close to a race. I would say that we are roughly 2 to 3 weeks from having him on the racecourse and I am likely to start looking for races for the week after next. From his work so far I think he’s nice and he is at least above average. On Saturday morning he worked with Fire Tree (who I think is ready to win next time) and one other, and Wise Fox went the best of the three. I haven’t got to the bottom of him yet and he is only just having to do enough in his work. I’m very pleased with him and if he stays sound he is a horse with plenty of ability, I would say he is going to be a minimum 80-rated horse but it will take a couple of runs for him to reach his level. If everyone can keep their fingers crossed it would be hugely appreciated!
WISE FOX galloped on Saturday and is definitely getting there. He has had a canter this morning so has come out of his work well. I was really happy with his work. As always, we take each week at a time but we are definitely a week closer to being ready to race.
17 September 2018
WISE FOX did his first very easy piece of work on Saturday. He covered four furlongs with a lead horse, and a two-year-old also doing his first piece of work, and he went nicely. He seems well in himself this morning and was moving good, so it looks like we have taken another small step back towards making a racetrack. He will do a couple more pieces of galloping this week before I step him up to doing proper work next week. We are getting there!!!
12 September 2018
WISE FOX has got through another week unscathed and all being well might be ready to gallop at the end of this week. He is fresh and well and his usual happy chirpy self, but as we know this has never been the issue with him! Please keep your fingers crossed for a clear run this week.
4 September 2018
WISE FOX has had another clear week cantering and his fitness is improving. Even more importantly he is still sound!! He will do another week’s cantering as we get closer to resuming galloping. I would be hopeful that he might be ready to step up his paces at the end of next week. Please keep your fingers crossed.
WISE FOX is doing two flat canters every day and he seems to be getting into the routine of things. He is moving well and hopefully he will be able to step up to returning to Warren Hill this week.
6 August – 12 August 2018
WISE FOX is doing two canters, one up Warren Hill, and is doing really well. He is moving great and hopefully we are on track. The plan is for him to start doing two canters up Warren Hill next week and then, in two or three weeks, he should be ready to gallop. You can watch a video of Wise Fox taken on Wednesday morning’s visit at the following link – https://youtu.be/agzViJZPjJU
27 August – 2 September 2018
WISE FOX is doing two canters up Warren Hill and is in great form and sound!! Hopefully we can get another week in doing two canters this week and then we might be ready to start stepping up his paces at the end of next week.
WISE FOX continues to do two flat canters. The vets have monitored his progress and are happy with him. He will continue this exercise for the whole week.
16 July – 22 July 2018
WISE FOX started cantering last week and he seems to be doing well. He will step up to doing two flat canters from the middle of this week and hopefully he will continue to stay sound.
9 July – 15 July 2018
WISE FOX is due to start cantering again this week so I will have him checked out by the vet today. He seems to be moving well so I am confident that he will get the all clear.
3 July 2018
Wise Fox has had a week trotting and is due to do continue trotting this week. It is remarkable how quickly he has recovered from his operation and you can barely tell which leg it was. He is moving well and hopefully will get the all clear to resume cantering next week.
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Wise Fox is due to start being ridden again today and hopefully he will get the all clear to commence trotting. So far he has been the perfect patient.
Wise Fox is due to start walking today. He will do this for the rest of the week and hopefully start trotting next Monday.
Wise Fox is back at home and has taken the operation well. He is due to have his bandage changed today and hopefully we will be on a speedy road to recovery.
Wise Fox We have collected Wise Fox from the vets this afternoon. He will be on box rest for 17 days and then begin walking exercise until mid to late July.
Wise Fox has had his operation. He is back up on his feet and in his stable.
Wise Fox has gone up to the vets to have his operation. He will have his operation tomorrow so will spend the night up there. He will spend the rest of the week up and come back just before the weekend.
Wise Fox The eagle eyed of you will have noticed that Wise Fox was not given an entry at Wetherby yesterday. Unfortunately, he has met with a setback that will require some further attention. As a 2-year-old he developed a splint on his near fore cannon bone (a very standard thing for immature horses). Sadly, after he galloped on Tuesday he was found to be lame in front and subsequent x-rays have revealed that he has fractured the splint which will require surgery. The surgery will cost £2600 + VAT and after that he will need a month before he is able to be ridden again. Obviously, the cost of the surgery is far from ideal (please note that this will be paid for by Biddestone), however, as you can see the recovery time is not as bad as it could be and with a bit of luck he should be back galloping in about 3 months. This is particularly frustrating for me because over the last two months he has really blossomed and his work at home has been really pleasing. As you know, I think Wise Fox is going to get better and better with age and as a result my recommendation is that it is worth going ahead with the operation. To me he looks like the perfect syndicate horse because he will just continue to improve on the racecourse later this year, and again at 4 and even 5 years old. I don’t put them under serious pressure at home, but he has already shown me that he has a good amount of ability and I would not be recommending that he has the surgery unless I genuinely felt he was worth it.
Wise Fox galloped last week on the grass and I was very happy with how he went. He will gallop twice more this week and hopefully we will be able to head off to the races finally! There are races at Wetherby on 6th June, Yarmouth on 7th June and Nottingham on 10th June, which are all perfect options as long as the ground is not too quick. There is also a race at Thirsk on 12th June which is possible if the ground at the other tracks is not suitable enough.
Wise Fox galloped on Friday and covered 7 furlongs with another unraced 3-year-old. He did it well but has lost a touch of fitness as a result of the easy couple of weeks he has had recently. He will gallop again on Wednesday and then we will see where we stand. My gut feeling is that he will still need a couple more pieces of work.
Wise Fox had another clear week last week and is ready to start galloping. He looks well and isn’t coughing so hopefully it will not be long before we are ready to race. I will try and get him on the grass this week as so far this year we haven’t been able to do that much.
Wise Fox has stopped coughing and will start doing two canters tomorrow. He is moving great and has really enjoyed the recent sunshine. Hopefully we will now get a clear run and he will start galloping the middle of next week which will mean we will be ready to go from the second half of May. Fingers crossed for a clear run.