Some very surprising weather last evening – a hail storm which, fortunately, had minimal impact on Maine Chance – but adjoining fruit farms and vinyards were less lucky as the fruit is almost ready for harvest.
Although Maine Chance is not short of water, there is nothing nicer than a good soaking rain, and the hail was followed by 30mm (over an inch) of rain – which in arid region such as this clears not only the air, but washes the world clean.
Yesterday was a busy day with visitors – John Freeman, The Snaiths, Alec Foster and his wife The Honourable Gillian Foster, amongst others.
This morning former champion jockey, turned trainer, Basil Marcus, and his son Adam arrived mid-morning to view the yearlings bound for the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Four decades in the horse business have left Basil with a ‘no nonsense’ approach to evaluating yearlings and he seemed to like a lot of what he saw on the farm today!
This afternoon more visitors expected, including renowned television presenter and commentator David Raphael – but will have to write about that in the next post.
The following link is to a photographic file showing the five SILVANO (GER) colts which form the nucleus of the Maine Chance Farms consignment to the Cape Premier Yearling Sale next week.