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Cat flies and Druids impresses in a good week for the kennel

 

The racing week began at Swindon at a very wet and windy trial session. Dorotas Wildcat produced a quite stunning 15.93 sprint as he flew the lids and moved very fluently. The gallop being back in action has been a great boost for him and it’s possible he’ll be given a race next week.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been as impressed with a first trial as I was with Druids Busy Man. He missed the break a touch and moved straight to the hare rail but drove the first bend very well. He got a little lost out of the 2nd bend but flew up the home straight and powered to the drop. He came out of the trial well and hopefully he’ll head to Henlow for the maiden derby.
Buckos Dream looks to have turned the corner after a spell of cramping and he delighted us with his 16.29 spin. Hopefully he will continue to improve now and is also a possible for the maiden derby.
Drive On Hunter clocked 29.10 as he continues his comeback and is nearly ready for a race now. He’s a really nice type and should be part of our trainers championship team all being well.
Bull Run Byte really took off from halfway as she beat Ravenswood Flo by 6 lengths in 29.21. Flo got bogged down on the going but will have improved for the spin.

 

 

 

Martin Lanney was kind enough to come to kennels late on Tuesday evening while he’s over for the Cheltenham festival to check a few dogs over for us. We only had time to do around 10 dogs but they will improve nicely for being manipulated and we’re hoping to be able to get Martin over more regularly this year.

 

 

 

Dorotas Star came back from Newpark Stud in great order after being mated to our very own Magical Bale. Hopefully all will go well and we’ll have a nice litter of pups. Her first litter are nearly 9 months old and are looking superb.

 

 

 

We had a great night at Monmore on Thursday evening as we returned with 5 winners. Swift Frisco got a much deserved win as he ran on strongly to land his A3 by a short head in 28.76.
Bravo Kiss is a really nice type and she made it 2 wins from her 4 starts as she showed a lovely turn of early pace after a missed break to lead at the bend. She stretched out well down the back and was running on very strongly to win by 5 ½ lengths in a personal best 28.59. Kiss is really well bred and looks like making a lovely stayer.
Forest Lana showed superb early pace to lead at the first bend after kennel mate, Bit View Shannon, took a flyer from traps. Lana won by 1 ½ lengths in 15.42. Shannon stayed on well for 2nd place and looks like a step back up to 480m is much needed.
Norvillman has really hit a purple patch of late and she ran a brilliant first two bends to take the lead in her A2. She never looked like getting beat and won by 2 ½ lengths in 28.78.
Ballymac Sydney made it a sibling double on the night as she followed up her sister, Bravo kiss, victory when running on strongly to win her A3. She looks another from the litter who looks destined for a staying career and she posted a personal best 28.71 and has now won 4 of her 9 races.
Forest Zara was beaten just a head in her A2 and is really running well at present. Union Maid will produce a big run soon and she was desperately unlucky not to make the bend in the same race.

 

 

 

We had no luck at all in the final of the Golden Sprint on Friday evening. Prize Fighter was immediately sandwiched at lid rise and he quickly lost all chance. He did very well to make the final though and actually ran on well to finish 4th. He’ll have to Sheffield soon for a spin in preparation for the trainers championship.
It took me a couple of weeks persuading the owners of Billericay Blue to let us give him a chance at Romford and thankfully it paid off as he won first time up in 24.40. He showed lovely pace up and ran the track well and will head back for a puppy comp next week. He’s a big framed dog and a long way away from being the finished article.
Ballymac Pam looked like she needed the look round in her 575m maiden but went well enough, she’ll be given another run next week.
Snooty Mary (ex Bit View Bridie) ran a very game race after stumbling out the boxes as she qualified for next week’s b1tches final in 2nd place. She was beaten by the brilliant Chopchop Hope but will give her a race next week if trapping on terms.

 

 

 

We were made to wait until the last race on Saturday night at Monmore for a winner but once again Dlacash Behold really impressed with another top heat win. He didn’t get things all his own way and had to battle to the front but he is staying better all the time and won in 28.36.
Forest Lana ran well in the sprint open as she was beaten just a head.

 

 

 

Madabout Philip pinged the lids in the final of the maiden gold cup at Henlow but had no answer to Roxholme Butt who ran out a good winner. Philip never really looked at ease at Henlow so he did very well to finish 2nd in the competition.

 


We hit a hat-trick of winners at Central Park on Sunday evening. Galloping Moon made it 5 open race wins on the spin at the Kent venue as she made a winning six bend debut. Apparently her 12.52 was a sectional record for the distance and she kept up the gallop well to win by nearly 3 lengths in 40.06. All being well Moon will be one of our 660m runners on Trainers Championship night.
Magical Vera overcame a tricky looking draw in trap 2 as she ran a terrific first two bends to win her 450m ladies race by 1 ¾ lengths in 27.26. Vera has been in great form of late, winning 3 of her last 5 races and she looks set to be our representative in the 480m ladies race at Sheffield if she takes to the track.
Ballymac Osby is much better suited to the big gallop at Central Park and he flew the lids to lead all the way in his 480m race. It was a very good quality race and he never gave them a look in as he won by 3 lengths in 28.70. Although Sheffield is not ideal for him, Osby will be in the team for one of the 500m races on trainers championship night.

 

 

 

Golden Sprint and Gold Cup finals to look forward to

 

We started the week with a good session of galloping on Monday as we put 20 dogs through their paces.
Naughty Molly has been in flying form as she returns from the gracilis injury she suffered at Sheffield last year. She looks as good as ever and should be ready to trial in a few weeks. Druids Busy Man has settled in nicely and is full of beans at home. He has been moving well and will be ready for a trial next week at Swindon.

 

 

 

Madabout James was given a confidence boosting solo trial at Swindon on Tuesday morning following his fall at Monmore. He went well after slipping a bit out of the boxes and posted 29.23.
Drive On Hunter continued his excellent comeback when he was given his first four bend workout in months and posted 29.05. He would have needed the blowout and is a lovely dog.
Bull Run Byte built on her very promising comeback last week as she posted a fastest-of-the-session 16.32. The season looks to have done her world of good and hopefully she continues to improve.
Ravenswood Flo has taken a little time to return to form following a lay-off but she is starting to improve and she clocked 16.57 today.

 

 

 

Wednesday was a bit of a wash out as we were hammered with wind and rain for most of the day. We had a good catch up on some odd-jobs though.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Thursday morning as I met Pat Hare at 3am. Forest Natalee returned home after being mated to Droopys Jet and god willing all goes well. Distant Move joined the kennel after impressing in his schooling trials.
Dalcash Behold returned to form with a bang as he led all the way to win his A1 by 3 lengths in a very good 28.34. He has been cramping of late but was much better for the extra galloping and he remains on course for a crack at the maiden derby at Henlow.
Norvillman has been knocking on the door lately and got a much deserved win in her A3 as she ran a terrific first bend to take the lead.

 

 

 

Prize Fighter ran a terrific race as he safely made it through to the Golden Sprint final when finishing 2nd in his semi-final on Friday evening. He has been a tremendous little dog for the kennel and really deserves his place in a major final. We won the event last year with Forest Chunk so it would be lovely to follow up. He came out of the race in great shape but will need to break better in what is a top class final.
Forest Beaux flew the lids to lead all the way in her S2 at Monmore on Friday afternoon. The 630m is just about her limit but she should continue to improve following a spell on the sidelines. Bravo Kiss, Ballymac Sydney and Swift Frisco all ran well in defeat.

 

 

 

Ballymac Osby got no luck in the first round of the Steel City Cup as he was crowded at the bend and then got spooked by something close to the running rail in between the 3rd and 4th bend.  Thankfully he returned in good shape though.
Forest Mike made it 2 wins from his last 3 races as he led all the way in the 480m open race at Monmore. He won in 28.39 and will head back to Monmore next week.

 

 

 

Madabout Philip made it through to the final of the 550m maiden Gold Cup at Henlow on Sunday afternoon as he overcame a slow start to finish 2nd in his semi-final. He should improve for the further look round but will need to come away a bit better next week.
Although we didn’t come away with a winner from Central Park on Sunday evening, I was pleased with the runs of all our dogs.
Shibboleth may have been closer at the finish if she had been drawn nearer the rails but she ran another good race and will head back for the Silver Salver next week.
Madabout James ran the track well on his first look as he was beaten just half a length in his heat of the maiden 480. He broke well but just took a touch on the bend but considering he took a nasty fall in his last race at Monmore this was a good step forward.
Forest Lydia and Ballymac Pam both ran well in their heats as they finished 3rd. Lydia was crowded on the run to the bend while Pam looks to be crying out for 6 bends now.
Big thanks must go to Paul Chorley who worked all day long topping the gallop up in quite atrocious rain and wind. We must have put over 150 bags of shavings on and it will be in super shape when we get some kinder weather.

 

Moon and Bridie stars of the week

 

Drive On Hunter continued his comeback with another very pleasing trial as he clocked 16.31 in his solo sprint at Swindon on Tuesday morning. He returned in great shape and will be ready for a step up in trip next time. Hunter is the only Fernando Bale dog we have and he is a smashing dog to work with. Bull Run Byte was given her first spin since seasonal break and she moved very well as she posted 16.45. We only saw glimpses of her ability before her season but she should make a very decent b1tch this year. Ravenswood Flo continues her comeback after winning the English Oaks and she posted 16.51. Hail Cleopatra clocked 16.54 in her solo sprint but came back a bit sore on an old sprained wrist and will be given around 6 weeks off with a course of injections to help as well. Jovial Monk beat Ballymac Pam in 29.30 as they were given a blowout.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Wednesday morning to meet the transporter. Argentina and Ballymac Berry joined Martin Lanney for a crack at the Con Kirby and Irish Puppy Oaks respectively while Dorotas Star left for Newpark Stud to be mated to our very own Magical Bale. We looked at so many stud dogs for her but we’ve always wanted a litter with two of our kennel stars so this seemed a great opportunity to do so. Bale is superbly well bred and a beautiful looking dog so the more pups we can get on the ground out of him the better. Fingers crossed all goes well and we have some healthy pups in a few months. 

 

 

 

We had a very interesting day at the kennels on Wednesday as our vet, Polly Smith, visited us to take blood samples from 10 dogs. The samples will all go off for full analysis and with the help of Nottingham University we are looking at getting the dogs diet analyzed to see if any improvements can be made in what we do and what we feed. It’s hoped we can get some blood tests carried out immediately after a race or trial as well to see if this can help the analysis.

 

 

 

Bravo Kiss was a very impressive winner of her A4 at just the 2nd time of asking as she overcame a missed break to lead at the bend. She stayed strongly to win by 2 ½ lengths in 28.97. Kiss is very green in her stride and has plenty left to come and should make a really nice b1tch.
Billericay Blue made it 3 wins from 5 starts as he took the drop down in distance in his stride when leading virtually all the way in his D2. He won by nearly 3 lengths in 15.62 and is only just starting to strengthen up. Swift Frisco and Chasing Highs both ran well in defeat while Leedon Brandy moved well to clock 38.00 in his 630m trial before racing.

 

 

 

 

 

We didn’t have the best of days at Monmore on Friday afternoon as Mossrich Mirage came back with a badly torn shoulder. Swift Hadriana ran well in her stayer’s race though.

 

 

 

Bit View Bridie overcame a tricky looking draw in trap 2 to run out a very impressive winner of her 400m maiden final at Romford on Friday evening. She moved off a bit early on but showed great pace up and really stretched away to win by 4 ½ lengths in 24.06. She will get a 480m trip no bother as well and is a really good prospect for all the major b1tch races this year. This was our 4th Cat 3 win of the year.
Prize Fighter ran a great first two bends to overcome some early crowding as he went onto to finish 2nd to Roxholme Hat in the first round of the Golden Sprint. He is taking his races really well at the moment and has a nice enough draw to work from in the semi-final. I’d love to see him line up in a major final.

 

 

 

Ballymac Osby ran a very good race to finish 2nd in the Juvenile at Sheffield on Saturday night. The winner was very impressive and looks a real Derby type but I was delighted with our fella as this was only his 2nd race of the year and there is more to come from him. He’ll head back to Sheffield for the Steel City Cup and will be part of our trainers championship team as well.

 

 

 

Pro Duchess has come back from injury in fine form and she won a good class A1 in great style as she blasted clear to win in 28.49. She has now won 5 of her 6 races and will head to Henlow at some point in the next couple of weeks for a trial as we think about the maiden derby with her.
Chicago Fire made it 5 wins from his 8 career starts with an all the way success in his A2. He won in 28.49 which stood up very well compared to the puppy derby heats and he’s shaping up into a really nice pup.
Jungle King has improved massively over the last few weeks and he was just beaten on the line in his A1. He showed lovely early pace but the 480m is just a touch too far. He clocked 28.36 in defeat and he’ll be another to head to Henlow for a trial soon.

 

 

 

I’ve never been keen on taking dogs to Henlow without a trial, especially over the 550m trip, but Madabout Philip handled himself very well to finish 2nd in his heat of the maiden stayers gold cup. Philip showed good pace after an average start and should improve nicely for the look round. He returned in super shape and is really taking his racing well.
Galloping Moon made it four wins on the spin as she came out on top of a great buckle with Magical Vera to win the 500m standard final in 29.90. She has really thrived on the consistent racing at Central Park and looks special. Vera has improved nicely over the last few weeks as well and ran a cracker in defeat. Both girls will head to Sheffield in the next week or so for trials as we begin to turn our attention to the trainers championship meeting.

 

 

 

The work on the gallop is all but completed and it’s been great to have it back in use since Friday. Forest Chunk, Lost One Dare and Drumcrow Darcy have been flying in their return from injury and they should be ready for a trial in a couple of weeks. Dream Fairy, who is to be renamed Towstar Ciara after being purchased by Jonathan Newman’s syndicate has been very impressive in her work and I can’t wait to get started with her on the track.

 

 

 

Magical Bale suffered a horrible looking fall in his semi-final of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park on Saturday. It was always going to be a tough draw to cheat out in trap 5 but he very nearly made it round. Thankfully other than some soreness he has returned ok and should head back to Burford in a couple of weeks after some more straws have been taking from him.
Velvet Matilda had better luck in her puppy final in Dundalk on Friday night as she flew the lids and led all the way in 28.81. She has now won all 3 of her 525 yard races and heads to Shelbourne Park for a trial for the puppy oaks.

 

Six open winners as kennel starts to hit form

 

Drive On Hunter delighted us with his 16.29 solo sprint at Swindon on Tuesday morning as he returned from a lay-off following the Romford puppy cup final. Hunter broke and ran the track very well and will return again next week for another sprint. We’ve no definite plans for him but he’s very likely to head to Sheffield at some point with a view to being part of the trainer’s championship team. Ballymac Daz was given a solo sprint following her incident at Romford on Friday evening and she moved very well when posting 16.52.

 

 

 

There was an early start to Wednesday morning as we took Ballymac Osby for a trial at Sheffield with a possible place in the Juvenile up for grabs. He seems to really like it there and clocked 28.81 and he should improve for  the run.

 

 

 

We had a good day at Swindon on Wednesday as we won both the opens we contested. Forest Lana flew the lids to lead all the way in her sprint open despite not having a look there. Shibboleth was crowded early out the boxes in the same race and could never get a blow in. Forest Mike has been showing signs of returning to form and he ran one of his best ever races as he pinged the lids and led all the way in his 480m open. He clocked 28.69.

 

 

 

Thursday was a very busy day at the kennels with Robert Meek with us for most of the day to check over around 40 dogs, we also had two race meetings to cover and a trip to meet the transporter.
Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan for Dorotas Wildcat in his first race back since the Eclipse final as he was eliminated from the Winter Derby in the first round. The short run to the bend was always a concern for him and that proved our undoing as after a tardy start he just couldn’t get a run anywhere in the race. He returned safe and sound though and it was just one of those races. He’ll be ticked over in trials and a couple of one-offs as we now plan towards the Derby.
We had better luck at Monmore as we returned with a hat-trick of winners. Mossrich Mirage really bounced back to form following a spell on the sidelines as she led all the way in her S2 to win by nearly 5 lengths. Chasing Highs is improving nicely and he beat kennel mate, Norvillman, in their A4. Bravo Kiss showed glimpses of pace as she made her debut in the same race and she won’t be long in winning. Pro Duchess is a really decent b1tch and she won first time up since returning from lameness when taking the D1 in great style, Hopefully she can stay sound and have a run of races, she would be a nice type for the maiden derby at Henlow.

 

 

 

All 3 of our runners at Romford ran their hearts out on Friday night as we returned with two winners and a 2nd.
Bit View Bridie is a b1tch we’ve always thought highly of and she was a very impressive winner of her 400m maiden heat as she pinged the lids and led all the way in a very fast 23.99. I think she’s more suited to a 480m type trip which makes this run even more impressive. She already has a 15.30 and 28.27 at Monmore on her book and she could make into a nice Oaks b1tch for later in the year.
Prize Fighter has been a tremendous little dog for the kennel and just loves his racing at Romford and he added another Cat 3 success to his CV as he led all the way in the Steve Simmonds standard final. He beat a high class field including Kilmore Lemon and Grays Cup Winner and heads into the next week’s Golden Sprint in great order.
Ballymac Daz ran a super race in the maiden 575m final to finish 2nd, beaten just a length to the odds-on favourite. She showed no ill-effects from her incident last week and stayed the trip well. She was giving away 6 months in age to her opponents and will make a lovely b1tch this year.

 

 

 

North Dakota won his A3 on Saturday evening as he showed good pace to battle to the front and stayed on well to win by a length in 28.70. He’s plenty left to come and will be a nice dog for this year.
Billericay Blue ran a cracker as he was caught just on the line in the A2. He runs Monmore really well and he showed good pace to stretch them clear. He’s a big, young dog and has a lot of strengthening up to do.
Thankfully Madabout James was none the worse from a horrible looking fall at the 3rd bend in his A1. We’ll give him a solo sprint at Swindon next week as a confidence booster.

 

 

 

We had another good night at Central Park on Sunday as we returned with 2 winners from our 4 runners. Forest Lydia improved nicely for her trial last week as she was beaten 2 ½ lengths to a 29.00 in the 480m maiden. She will improve again for the run and will be ideal for next week’s 480m maiden comp. Madabout Philip was left too much to do after being crowded from the boxes in his 480m final. He ran on strongly to the drop and looks like he really needs a step up in distance now.
Galloping Moon made it a hat-trick of open wins as she ran out a very impressive winner of the first heat of the 500m standard. Moon flew the lids and led all the way to win by 4 lengths in 29.75. She is really flying now and looks every bit as good as we thought she would be and she should have a great year.
Magical Vera returned to winning ways as she led all the way in the other 500m heat. Vera trapped much better and was always in control. She came home 3 lengths to the good in 29.97 to make it 6 open wins for the kennel on the week.

 

 

 

We’ve been keeping busy behind the scenes with the 2nd phase of kennel refurbishment now well under way. The new kennels have been in use for a bit now and we’ve been delighted with them – they really are ideal. The whelping area is near completion as well so we should be up together for our next litter of pups. The work on the gallop is progressing well and looking brilliant. I’m hoping we will be able to get to work on the surface from Wednesday and have it back in use although there still may be some boarding to finish off.

 

 

 

Magical Bale ran a great race again to safely make it through to the semi-finals of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park. He’s got a tough looking draw in trap 5 but fingers crossed he gets a clear run and makes another major final.
Slaneyside Izzy completed her unbeaten run through the Kilkenny unraced stake and heads to Shelbourne Park for the puppy oaks.
Velvet Matilda looks to be going the right way as she made it two wins on the spin in Dundalk as she took the semi-final of the puppy stake. All being well she will also head to Shelbourne for the puppy oaks.

 

We’ve a couple of our dogs heading to Ireland soon. Ballymac Berry will be given a shot at the puppy oaks while our English Puppy Derby winner, Argentina, heads to Limerick for the Con Kirby. The fast 525 yard trip should prove ideal for him and both will join Martin Lanney for their Irish campaigns.

 

The Moon shines bright at Central Park

 

Lost One Dare and Forest Chunk both flew up the gallop on Monday afternoon as they continue their comeback from hock injuries and should be ready to trial in a few weeks. Both looked as good as ever and had no reaction whatsoever to their hocks. Dorotas Wildcat flew up in his workout and still loves his work. Drive On Hunter has been working well following a lay-off after being knocked over in the Romford puppy cup final and will head to Swindon next week for a solo sprint. I’m really looking forward to having him back in the open race team and he should have a great 2019.

 

 

 

Work began to re-fence the gallop on Wednesday morning. There’s a huge amount of work to do – the gallop is 290 meters – and it looks like we will be without it for around 2 weeks but it’ll be well worth it the end. Work also began on the whelping kennel to render the walls and screed the floor and it's looking great so far. It shouldn't be too long before one of our broods break in season. 

 

 

 

Dorotas Wildcat flew around Hove in a pre-race trial on Thursday evening when clocking 27.96 over the 490m trip. He came home much stronger this week and runs the track superbly. All being well he will head into the Winter Derby next week in good form.

 

 

 

We had a good night at Monmore on Thursday as we returned with a hat-trick of winners. Ballymac Charm made it 2 wins from her last 3 starts as she won for the first time over the 480m trip. She ran on strongly after a missed break to lead off the last bend to win her A4 in 28.75. Chasing Highs took the drop down in distance to sprint racing in his stride as he led virtually all the way to win his D2 by 4 lengths in 15.57. He should continue to improve and hopefully make a nice little dog. Chicago Fire made a winning return following a lay-off with swollen glands as he led at the halfway point to win his A2 in 28.90. Fire has now won 4 of his 6 races and has more to come.
Norvillman, Ballymac Pam and Forest Beaux all ran very well in defeat and won’t be long in joining the winner’s enclosure.

 

 

 

Donna took a team of 7 trial dogs to Monmore on Friday afternoon and they went nicely. Madabout James took a nice step forward from last week as he posted 28.47 when beating Jovial Monk (28.98) and Bravo Kiss (29.00). Pro Duchess has made a good return from injury and that continued as she beat Billericay Blue in 28.69. Bit View Bridie is improving all the time and she flew round to beat Signet Hawk in 15.33.

 

 

 

I had a nightmare 4 hour journey to Romford on Friday evening but thankfully we returned with a couple of winners. It was a strange nights racing and Prize Fighter took full advantage of a dog fighting to slip through on the rails at the last bend to win his 400m standard heat. Argentina looked to have done enough to make the bend in his heat but was crowded and knocked back to 3rd. He ran well after though and will be stepped back up in trip soon. Baby Blitz unfortunately didn’t stay the 575m trip as led but faded away. Ballymac Daz got the verdict in her heat of the maiden stayers comp but nearly gave it away after becoming unsighted on the run-in. She’ll be given a solo sprint at Swindon on Tuesday before next week’s Romford final. Leedon Brandy ran well enough in a red-hot stayers final but could never really get a blow in. Buckos Dream went OK in his first look at Romford but continues to suffer from cramping issues.

 

 

 

We were made to wait until the last race of the evening for a winner at Monmore Saturday evening but Jungle King won the A1 in great style. He has really come forward since his spin at Swindon and he flew the lids to lead all the way in 28.46. All being well he will head out for an open race soon.
There were some terrific runs in defeat from our dogs though with Chosen By Destiny runner a blinder to finish 2nd in her puppy derby trial stake. Unfortunately she broke in season on Sunday and will miss the competition proper but she’ll make a lovely b1tch for later in the year.
Ballymac Berry also ran a super race as she flew to the 3rd bend before being crowded out. Berry heads to Martin Lanney for a crack at the puppy oaks in Shelbourne.
Forest Mike is returning to form and he was just denied on the line in his A1 and he heads back to Swindon on Wednesday for an open. Bit View Shannon also ran well after missing the break in her open and will improve for the run.

 

 

 

Galloping Moon was the star of the show at Central Park on Sunday evening as she ran riot in her b1tches race as she won by 9 ½ lengths in a top class 28.64. We’ve run some wonderful b1tches at Central Park over the years but I can’t remember having one that has gone faster. Moon was sold to new connections on Sunday morning and we wish Jack and Rod Yates the very best of luck with her.
Shibboleth made it 2 wins from 4 starts at Central Park as she led all the way in division 2 of the sprint open. She won by 2 ¼ lengths in 16.40 and heads to Swindon on Wednesday for their sprint open.
Madabout Philip once again did a huge amount of running coming home as he was beaten just a length in his heat of the 480m comp. He still managed to break 29 seconds and has really been running well of late. He’s a nice draw in the final so fingers crossed.
London Nights once again flew home in her maiden open after missing the break again. She was full of running to the drop and looks a nice stayer in the making. She’ll be giving a break now as she’s only young and has had enough racing for her age.