Martin’s Blog 18th March

Plumpton today with two runners and a big day for Matt Capp who has his first runner when Robsam debuts in the concluding bumper. He’s a nice type that we purchased from PJ Colville in Ireland and Matt has named him after his sons Robbie & Sam so we hope he’s lucky for them. Although not a huge field, its competitive but we like Robsam and are looking for an encouraging debut that he enjoys and learns from. Harry Stock rides.

Before then our Chairman, Jon Hughes, has a runner with Enforcement in the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle making his handicap debut also under Conditional Harry Stock. He’s not been seen since August and we are hoping he isn’t too buzzy on his first appearance for over 6 months and are looking forward to a fun summer with him.

Still reflecting on a great week of racing at Cheltenham. However our two runners at Uttoxeter on Saturday didn’t go as well as we hoped. Solstice Star in the Ladies Hurdle struggled in the gluey heavy ground and we now feel he needs better ground and probably the heavy ground he’s won in before has been sloppy and easy to go through. He was a little wobbly crossing the line so thanks to my team and the vets there for looking after him so well. He’ll be given time to get over that and I’m sure he’ll bounce back again.

Forecast was bumped from all ways and had no luck in running however Conor Shoemark said he didn’t give him the feel he usually does and certainly stopped far too quickly. He’s much better than that and is being fully checked out.

We had our Annual Finance Meeting here yesterday as it was a day that we could all do and then we were joined by the boys and my parents for Sunday Lunch at The Hollow Bottom which was delicious. By chance, Mark Boothright & Elouise Renouard had also booked in so we joined forces and had a very enjoyable afternoon – a very long lunch indeed! A superb end to what was a fantastic week.