Martin’s Blog 1st August

A new month already and although we’ve had torrential rain earlier this week, we’ve been blessed with sunshine today so horses all out in fly sheets and some staying out in their paddocks overnight too. They love staying out overnight and are so chilled when we check them last thing so we do try and do it with most of them when possible and when conditions allow.

We braved the rain at Worcester on Tuesday night when Capital Force ran another solid race for John & Claire Abernethy under Leighton Aspell to finish 3rd. Hopefully it won’t be long before he’ll be back in the number one spot.

We’d planned to have our Racing Club’s Annual Summer gathering at Worcester that evening for quite some months with a picnic in the centre of the course. I must admit though that I thought that Paul Davis, who runs the club for us, was absolutely mad to go ahead with it with torrential rain forecast along with thunder and lightning! However, I shouldn’t have doubted how hardy our club members are and although we were spared thunder and lightning, the rain came down pretty hard but it didn’t dampen the enjoyment and there was plenty of fun had by all. Freddie & Harry persuaded lots of members to join in with them and their football game in the middle of the course in between racing too – a great atmosphere, some lovely people and a great night so well done to Paul for organising it all and thanks to Worcester for all their help especially Jenny Cheshire.

Last night Peter & Jane Boggis kindly invited me and the family to have supper with them at The Vine Tree near Malmesbury to celebrate Mr Mafia’s two recent wins. We had a fabulous night, the food was superb and the company really good fun too – can highly recommend The Vine Tree and we’ll certainly be returning!

One runner tonight at Stratford – Enforcement who runs at 5.00pm under Leighton Aspell. Frustratingly we only needed one more declaration in the race for it to divide however it wasn’t to be and it’s pretty competitive.

We enjoy encouraging the workforce of the future and have had a few pony racing jockeys in riding out this summer. Richard Cook was in last week, Harry Greasby has been in regularly and we’ve had Jamie Spencer (not the flat jockey with the same name!) in too. It won’t be long until Freddie is big enough and riding out properly I’m sure!