Martin’s Blog 19th September

The ups and down of racing were too apparent yesterday as after the highs of our Owners’ Day on Sunday we experienced the worst side of racing at Worcester when Altesse De Guye suffered a bad leg injury and sadly couldn’t be saved. Nothing prepares you for these moments. Altesse was as tough as they come, won for us over hurdles at Cheltenham as part of an exciting double with Any Currency that day, and won or was placed in 70% of her runs here. The Daydream Believers, Steve Harman, Peter & Linda Thomas and Paul & Julie Sanchez, have had so much fun with her and we are so sorry for them and the team here too. We’ve been overwhelmed by the messages – people seem to know how much we care about our horses here and we are grateful for each and every message, thank you.

Earlier in the card Thady Quil ran another solid race but found the distance stretched him a little too far. We’ll bring him back in distance. Viking Mistress ran a great race under young Harry Stock to finish 2nd although very frustrating as they pulled a long way clear of the 3rd and we therefore hope the Handicapper doesn’t crucify her.

Richard East in this morning watching Solstice Star work and also Jo Stainer and Jon Hughes too. We worked Ballymountain Boy, Cottersrock, Brillare Momento, Cul De Poule, Cup of Ambition, Chequered View, Fairmount, Ocean Eleven, Whatalove, Lord Condi, Notnowcato youngster, Oscar World, Young Phoenix, Twentyoneblackjack and Buckle Street.