Martin’s Blog 17th November

A huge crowd at Cheltenham yesterday for some great racing and well done to Simon Claisse, Ben Hastie and all their team for ensuring the ground was fit to race – I’m sure a lot of hard work and stress for them over the last 48 hours. All so worth it.

Freddie spent the morning with Ed Chamberlin and the ITV Team and Cheltenham’s Junior Jumpers for an exciting feature in the future – we can’t wait and he loved it. Thanks to all involved.

I was at Uttoxeter where we tried Debden Bank on ground softer than he’d experienced and he didn’t go on it which was a shame. The rain will hopefully stop soon….

At the yard we had a busy morning with plenty of owners in including Alan Stickley, David Parry, Pat Cornell and Stefan Hibbett to see their Mahler 2 year old who has been over with us a month or so from PJ Colville’s Irish base. They’ve named him Duke of Luckley and we hope he’ll do us all proud. Jon Hughes arranged plenty of refreshments which they enjoyed in the Owner’s Room and Paul Davis was on hand to help too. A good morning.

Solstice Star today at Cheltenham and a relief that the Cross Country race was rescheduled to today from Friday’s abandoned fixture. It’s his first time over the fences although, as required, he has schooled over them and enjoyed himself. It does usually take a race over the course to get them sharper but he’s won twice over hurdles at Cheltenham so enjoys the atmosphere and seems in good form so we are hopeful of a big run. He should love the ground and Sam Twiston-Davies rides for his enthusiastic owners in Foxtrot Racing including Richard East and James Gibbs. Wouldn’t it be awesome if he made up into the next Any Currency for us…..?