Martin’s Blog 20th April

Glorious weather for the Easter weekend – stunning here this morning. Jo Stainer and Jon Hughes in to watch the horses working first and second lot. We worked Lord Condi, Debden Bank, Mr Mafia, Gold Mountain, Capricia, Jeans Genie, Fairmount, Mozzaro, Samtara, Acacia Dream, Sarasota Star, Be Thankful and Matravers. Others did swinging canters or just cantered.

Stunning weather also at Cheltenham this week and the hottest day of the week so far was yesterday for their Pony Club Race Day. So much hard work must have gone into the day by so many and they were rewarded with well over 100 children and their ponies all having a wonderful time and so lucky to be able to race at such a prestigious venue. Lots of smiley faces whether winning or not – Freddie, was the most relaxed he’s been so far and he had a great run on his pony Bubbles to finish 4th.

His mum was delighted to win the turnout prize – he looked a picture and wouldn’t have been out of place in the show ring – whilst some, even as small as in Freddies’ race looked skinny, race fit mini thoroughbreds and Bubbles had no answer to their speed! All children learning so much – it’s brilliant. Freddie also received a lovely pair of cufflinks at a Presentation later in the day for finishing 2nd in the Area in 2018 courtesy of his 2nd place Nationally. A super day.

No luck at Cheltenham earlier in the week apart from Capital Force ran an absolute blinder on his debut for us. The excitement in the Paddock increased throughout the last race on Wednesday when John & Claire Abernethy’s new purchase Capital Force traveled sweetly into the race under Harry Stock. As he jumped the last upsides in front we willed him up the hill however he bumped & was bumped a rival and ultimately was run out of it and so unlucky to finish 5th beaten under 4 lengths. However, still a great run, gave connections a thrill and we’ll have a lot of fun with him over the summer I’m sure.

With no runners this weekend we wish you all a Very Happy Easter.