Martin’s Blog 22nd March

Horrid and wet here this morning and top marks to the team who rode out four lots in torrential rain. Not much fun but hopefully made a little easier as I cooked them bacon and sausage sandwiches in our new yard kitchen. They seemed to go down well.

One runner tonight at Kempton on the flat – Forecast runs under Tom Queally and should run well. He’s in good form – the step up in trip should suit and although he has a bad draw over that trip it shouldn’t be too much of an issue as he will probably be dropped in anyway. If he produces the same sort of form that he’s shown lately he shouldn’t be far away.

Dalton Glance and Ask Alice were both unsuited by the rain softened ground at Southwell on Tuesday so I’m sure a line can be put through those runs. We’ll ensure the ground is better for them both when they next run. Ask Alice was making her debut and impressed me with how professional she was in the preliminaries and will have learnt a lot. Lizzie Kelly looked after her when she was beaten to ensure she still had a nice experience of her debut despite not liking conditions.

Back to normal in our household as poor Harry has had gastroenteritis since Friday morning. Thankfully my parents offered to stay at home with him missing Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham and we were hoping he’d have picked up after a quiet weekend but has only just gone back to school today. We are all hoping that we’ve got away with it as it was a nasty bug. Fingers crossed.

Belinda has mentioned to thank you all for your continued support for her Charity Race at York in June for Macmillan Cancer Support. People are being so generous and we are all very grateful. If you wish to donate online please do so by clicking HERE. She has a couple of fundraisers coming up – a race night at the Horse & Hound Pub in Broadway next Friday 31st March – tickets £5 including a light supper and can be bought from the pub or through us.

We are planning a second fundraiser – an evening with live music from Andrew James and supper at The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power on 18th May with an auction and raffle too. If you were able to offer an Auction prize we’d also be very grateful. Such a great cause.