Martin’s Blog 14th September

I’m not sure we’ve had many busier mornings! 1st lot we schooled Ballymountain Boy, Ocean Eleven, Brass Monkey, Viking Mistress and Cup of Ambition on our new carpet loop and they all jumped well. Andrew Tinkler’s Mother was in to watch.

We then took Young Phoenix, Ask Alice, Cul De Poule and the Notnowcato youngster to Jon Trice-Rolph’s yard to do some jumping in his school under instruction and also out in the field over tyres and logs. Not only do the horses benefit hugely from these sessions but so so the jockeys and Andrew, Alfie Jordan, Harry Stock and Ash Hark were those riding there today and all learnt a lot.

Back to the yard in time for Issy to take Miss Condi racing. She runs at Chepstow today under Joey Haynes and is learning from every run although understandably an outsider again today. She’ll no doubt benefit from going handicapping once she’s been given a mark and will eventually be a filly we send hurdling.

Farrier Nick Partridge and Dentist Tom Siddall were also in this morning along with a delivery of Natural Flake Shavings from Ollie Garner and our Landlord Robert Wharton has a team of men in putting up new guttering too. The Team are utilising every spare moment they have (of which there isn’t many!) helping to tidy up the yard for our Annual Owners’ Day on Sunday so it is certainly a case of all systems go!

We were delighted to hear that Kitty King went into the lead at Blenheim Horse Trials yesterday on Vendredi Biats who is part owned by Sally Lloyd-Baker who we train Morning Herald for. Along with Zara Tindall, Kitty King is an Ambassador for our Martin Keighley Racing Club and we wish them all the luck in the world for the rest of the weekend. Kitty works tirelessly hard and is a complete perfectionist and deserves a big win.