The grass gallops is a traditional 7 furlong uphill gallop, last year it was completely re turfed with a specific sports turf to try and help the durability of the grass. We also re drained it as we are not far from Eskdalemuir, which for those of you that don’t know has the highest rainfall in the British Isles, annually we have in excess of 65 inches, which means firm ground is not really a problem unless it is frozen.which means firm ground is not really a problem unless it is frozen.
We use the gallop by coning off sections of fresh ground in 12 foot sections, this is the final piece in the puzzle for proving a horses quality and ability with the finishing work, before debuting on the track or racing. This is where we gauge quality and the ability to handle different grounds through regular usage during training in the winter, i.e. good, soft, heavy and sticky, as nature dictates during this time. This information is then key and the strongest guide to ground preference and hopefully the right track selection for future racing engagements.
Through years of working with the grass gallops it is fair to say we know the value of a horse relative to the performance on the grass, we never work the horses more than 3 times up the gallop, but more often than not may only go once or twice. On a hard worked day for fit horses the first time up would be a warm up in Indian file and the second and third time would be upsides with the emphasis on a strong, consistent piece of work with a progressive finish or an increase with tempo for the final 2 or 3 furlongs. This work on the grass could be done once or twice a week.
There are also two standard fences and an open ditch on the grass gallop, these are used for gymnastic schooling and finishing work to give horses confidence and to get their eye in before they run and it is also good for them to jump on different surfaces; grass as well as the sand. Gymnastic schooling is a phrase we use for horses who are experienced handicappers, who just need to freshen up their jumping as an exercise.
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