Martin’s Blog 20th December

Dariya runs for the second time for us at Fakenham today under James Best and her second chasing start too. It’s a weaker race than Kempton last time but she does have the burden of top weight and she’s not overly big. The ground there is the best we will get at the moment and still only good to soft so she is taking her chance and seems in good form at home. Good luck to owner David Parry who has made the journey – our last mare to run at Fakenham over fences was Chequered View, who is now in foal to Jack Hobbs, who won there twice.

I haven’t made the trip to Fakenham today as there is always plenty to do at home and I also took the chance to go to Northleach and watch Freddie play football at home against a much larger (& rougher!) Swindon team. They didn’t win today but Freddie was Man of the Match for the first time so is chuffed to bits. We’re so pleased that both the teams that the boys play for, both based in Northleach, are fiercely competitive but are made up of polite lads who play fairly and aren’t rude to the referee. Some of their opponents’ behaviour is surprising to say the least and sadly looking at their coaches you can see where it comes from.

Christmas has changed for so many … we were only going to be our bubble anyway but I know so many others are terribly disappointed. Be great to get this year behind us all.