Martin’s Blog 1st November

A very busy morning yesterday with Carole the Bookkeeper here doing end of month invoices and a busy morning with horses working so apologies that I didn’t have time to do a blog before I rushed off to Chepstow to saddle Fairmount.

He ran in the bumper and I would have told you that I thought his price was far too big and that he is a horse I really like so I wasn’t surprised to see him finish 3rd at 20-1. He was a little keen early on but settled and I was very pleased how he kept on a battled when challenged for 3rd place and he not surprisingly thrilled his owner breeder John Broadhurst.

This morning we took a few horses for an away gallop. It’s not something we do very often as we have such fabulous facilities here but occasionally young horses can do with an away day before they experience their first run and it can also bring older horses on a little too. A worthwhile morning and thanks to my team for their earlier than normal start which was much appreciated.

Something else much appreciated was a delivery of cakes from Su Adams yesterday which arrived for the staff. Su is so kind and has sent the team goodies before which is so very thoughtful and generous of her and put even more of a spring in everyone’s step!

Whilst I was away Belinda entertained a group of about 15 Stratford Racecourse Annual Members arranged through Abi Stock, sister of Harry, who is an important member of the team at Stratford. They looked to have had an enjoyable morning here by the time I got back watching the horses in action on our straight Leisure Ride Carpet Gallop and also on the fabulous circular gallop they put in for us at the yard. Plenty of entries were made for our 5 to follow, which is still open and offers some fabulous prizes to the prize winners at the end of the season! They were treated to home made cakes from Mary Cull and Mary, along with help from husband Dave (aka Gorgeous Dave!) gave Belinda much needed help this morning and are a huge part of our team.

Off to Taunton this afternoon with The Kvilleken under Conor Shoemark for our Racing Club. A few of the members can make it to Taunton today and they’ll be guessing, as I will, whether ‘Kevin’, who he is affectionately known at home, will put his best foot forward today! He will love the ground so let’s hope it all falls into place as it needs to for him!