Martin’s Blog 9th May 2017

Another sunny morning although we are crying out for rain and hope that the forecast rain appears later in the week. Stratford did a good job yesterday although Johnny Og isn’t enjoying his racing any more and therefore needs a change of direction after quite a few chances. Frustrating as he loves his work at home but doesn’t currently produce it on the track. He’s such a bonny horse who we have had plenty of fun with for a fantastic group of owners.

No runners today but a busy work day with Andrew Tinkler & Warren Marston in and we still have plenty of horses in to work including some lovely youngsters. We have a few horses here for sale too so do give us a call and come and watch them on the gallops if you are interested – everything from small shares to outright purchase and plenty of help and guidance here too with any part of the ownership journey.

Jon Hughes was in to see his horses on the gallops and we decided not to run Cup of Ambition tomorrow, who he shares with Ollie Ryan, but to wait until next week with him. Ollie’s lovely mare Brillare Momento, who won at Cheltenham in April, does run tomorrow though at Newton Abbot and she seems in good form.

Ross Hemming and his Leisure Ride Surfaces Team, who sponsor us, here to do some work on our fantastic carpet gallop and have a general catch up. Ross is one of the lucky partners in recent Kempton winner Ballymountain Boy so we always have plenty to talk about.

The local show that the boys went to on Sunday at Broadwell run by Issy Mangan’s sister Melissa and family in aid of the Chelsea & Westminster Burns Unit that helped Melissa’s husband a few years ago, was unbelievably well attended. Plenty of trainers and racing folk & their families there including the Longsdons, O’Brien’s, Hobson’s, Wakley’s, Mogfords, vet Ben Brain and his family so a busman’s holiday for us all! Both boys won rosettes & Harry’s favourite footballer, Danny Wright, was there with his family so he was glad we persuaded him to ride! Aside from nearly running the judge over in one class, Freddie won the turnout, so his mother was happy too! They raised an incredible £5000 so hats off to them all for their hard work. One of the friendliest shows I’ve been to.

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