Martin’s Blog 16th October

Fog greeted us this morning which wasn’t ideal as Racing Club Member and great friend to our yard Pete Wilson was here to take photographs of the beautiful autumnal scenery that surrounds our beautiful gallops. Stunning it usually is but not today! Typical but Pete still got some wonderful photos of the horses working up the grass for the first time this season.

Yes, it was great to get on the grass. We’ve been working hard on spiking and aeriating the ground every time it has looked like rain and it paid off by riding ‘superbly’ this morning. Warren Marston was in to ride work and we worked most of the yard including Ben Buie who James Fairrie and Jon Hughes were in to watch first lot. He’s a horse his owners have been patient with and turned away in the spring when he was nearing a run as the ground was starting to go and he had done enough. He’ll be making his debut soon and we can’t wait. His half brother, a 3 year old by Yeats, is for sale and we like him a lot too – do get in touch to watch him on the gallops, you will not be disappointed!

Robert and Jackie Chugg were in 2nd lot to watch their homebred Milan Filly Mello Yello on the gallops. She’s coming along really well and has been leased to Hot To Trot Racing for the first Jumping Syndicate having done very well on the flat. We are so excited to welcome Sam Hoskins and his Hot To Trot syndicate to join us here and we hope to have some fun and plenty of success with them during the season.

An amazing turnout yesterday at Broadway Church to say goodbye to the kind, caring, fun and lovely person, Chris Stock. On a cold, wet autumnal day, nearly 600 family and friends somehow managed to pack into the Church to say their fond farewells and to support the most wonderful family he has left behind especially wife Zoe, daughter Abi and son Harry. Somehow Abi, with the support of Harry, managed to read out an amazing tribute to her dad packed full of memories and he would have been so very proud of them all. A sometimes tough but very moving service of which he would most definitely approved and afterwards unsurprisingly the Broadway Golf Club was also packed to the rafters. A fitting send off to a special man who so many will never forget – he touched so many lives. Finnick Glory, the youngster he saw something special in, will be making her debut soon so we’ll also be trying to make him proud with her, fingers crossed.