Martin’s Blog 19th August

A typical busy and exciting Saturday morning as the autumnal weather makes it feel even more like the start of the season proper is on it’s way.

Jonathan and Pauline Clyde and Keith and Jan Salisbury joined Jon and Jack Hughes and us all at the yard this morning to watch in particular Cotswold Prince, the newly named Elzaam 2 year old gelding, which they all have an interest in. An early start from London for the Clyde’s meant they were all here in good time for second lot and were able to see plenty of other horses in action on the gallops too.

Harry Stock and Warren Marston were also in and we worked Enforcement and Miss Condi up the grass and Ballymountain Boy, Solstice Star, Altesse De Guye, Viking Mistress, Cottersrock, Papal Bull Gelding, Cotswold Prince and Thady Quil on the carpet gallop. Lots of the rest are doing steady canters and some still a bit of road work.

All the horses out for the day as usual as we continue to work on finishing our carpet loop and also making plans to tidy the outskirts of the yard up before our Owners’ Day. Always so much to do but we do feel we are getting somewhere and the whole team are working so hard and deserve a big thank you too.

Bobble Emerald ran a blinder on his return to the track on Thursday. Champion Jockey Richard Johnson, fresh from a mini break in Barbados, had his arms pulled out and Bobble was always doing a little too much and tired to finish 3rd. Happy owners though and a good first run of the season.

The Kvilleken, under Conor Shoemark, ran a blinder after a few disappointing efforts, to also finish 3rd and please the Racing Club and give us some hope that he’s bouncing back to form.

Andrew Tinkler, who rides so many of ours, is on honeymoon at the moment after his fabulous wedding last Saturday. He’ll be back in action this week.