Martin’s Blog 18th July

We could really do with some rain now – everywhere looking pretty yellow. School holidays about to start so probably that is when the rain will start to fall!

Ascot Sales yesterday and we said a sad farewell to winners Weyburn and Sporty Yankee and wish them well in their new homes. Often a shame to let them go at the sales but the easiest and fairest way to dissolve a partnership and sometimes horses also need to move on and drop down a grade to re-light their fire. Weyburn is off point to pointing which should really suit him. Trainers constantly need to be encouraging new horses into their yards and must never sit still nor become complacent.

We have a lovely bunch of lovely looking youngsters coming through and some we have recently bought. They are either with Martin Jones being broken in or have already been there and are having a short break before coming back into work here. An exciting time with horses by Yeats, Mahler, Morozov, Sulamani and Passing Glance….

Two runners today at Uttoxeter. Lady Vitesse, now leased to our Martin Keighley Racing Club, runs in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle under Harry Stock. She ideally wants a bit further but is ready for a run so takes her chance. She’ll need to settle – as will Forecast on his seasonal reappearance after a leg injury caused him to miss a year. He’s a buzzy free sweating sort so was declared for Worcester two weeks ago when they were forecast an overcast day. Unfortunately it wasn’t and I wasn’t 100% happy with the ground for him either so he came home without running. Always another day. Tom Bellamy gets on well with him and it’s a competitive race but he’s well and home and it will be great to get his first run under his belt.

Hannah Ashton, one of our physios, in this morning and plenty of horses to check – fresh back in from the field to ensure they are in good shape ahead of their autumn/winter campaigns. We use Hannah alongside Maggie Turner and could not recommend them both more highly. They are another vital piece of the jigsaw of keeping our horses in consistently top form.