Martin’s Blog 1st September

A little foggy first thing but the sun came out as 1st lot cantered up for the first time and there is surely no finer sight on a September morning – stunning. Tom Bellamy, Andrew Tinkler and Warren Marston all in to ride work and young Harry Greasby, who has been with us lots during the summer holiday, was in again too. Max Comley’s last day sadly as he has his own yard that he’s started near Cirencester and he’s been juggling both his yard and working mornings for us during the summer which meant 4am starts … we’ll miss him here but wish him well in his new venture and thank him for his hard work – always with a smile too!

Jo Stainer in 1st lot and we worked Buckle Street, Mr Mafia, City Never Sleeps, Somewhere To Be, Brillare Momento, Oscar World, Chequered View, Raving Bonkers, Mister Valentine, Cotswold Prince, Debden Bank, Ben Buie, Lord Condi, Dr Dunraven, Back on the Lash, Miss Antipova, Twentyoneblackjack and Miss Antipova. All the rest cantered.

Moreton Show today – the biggest one day Agricultural Show in the Country – definitely worth a visit as always plenty of fantastic attractions as well as the livestock, show-jumping and showing plus lots of trade stands.

Yesterday Robert Chugg delivered a lovely Milan four year old filly that he bred to us who will be leased by Hot To Trot Racing – she looks to have a great attitude and settled in immediately. We are thrilled to have a horse for Hot To Trot and we are pleased that Robert was so impressed with the facilities we have here. He rode out for The Duke many years ago and it was his grand-daughter Daisy who beat Freddie at Cheltenham in his first pony race this season so Robert enjoyed reminding Freddie of that!

Belinda & I went out for supper last night and decided to go somewhere different and have a quiet night – she chose The Sheep on Sheep Street in Stow as they have a large pizza oven and we both fancied pizza. We soon realised it was the place to go last night as we bumped into owners Martin & Sandra Warren and Neville & Pam Statham who we had a good catch up with and also a variety of racing folk throughout the evening. Even Tom Bellamy’s younger brother Archie, who used to work here, just back from 18 months in Australia. A unexpectedly busy and fun evening. I can highly recommend the pizzas too – service isn’t the quickest so make sure you have plenty of time to spare and it’s worth the wait!