Martin’s Blog 20th July

Alan and Anna Varey up this morning to watch their Pasternak mare on the gallops. She is going nicely and, although just doing one canter most days at the moment, we are pleased with her attitude.

Louise Johnston from Flair Equine met with us this morning and gave us a demonstration and explanation on their Nasal Strips. Fascinating – lots of questions asked….

Late morning I went to Martin Jones’ pre-training yard at Redmarley to watch our youngsters there and a few of our owners’ youngsters too before bringing two back to the yard to come into training. I don’t think we’ve ever had as nice a bunch of young horses, exciting times.

Back in time to meet with Chairman Jon Hughes and Ollie Ryan, who was here to see Brillare Momento and Reve. We then had a catch up over lunch – lots of plans to be made!

Yesterday we had a visit from Sarah Hicks of Cocktails & Cupcakes to treat all the team to her delicious home made cup cakes and, on this occasion, non-alcoholic cocktails (it was 9.30am!). They were fabulous and the team all loved them and we are very grateful for Sarah to coming to meet us all. She has a van and will travel so do get in touch with her if you are holding any sort of function over the summer – you won’t be disappointed.

Last night we went to watch Freddie & Harry in their Temple Guiting School production of Robin Hood. It was absolutely superb and they not only have a talented group of teachers to produce such a performance but talented kids too – it was brilliant. Just a small part for both Freddie & Harry and I’m sure they aren’t destined for a career on the stage but they loved it too and, even when the power cut sent the whole production in to darkness mid song, the kids carried on regardless – brilliant. Our boys then persuaded us to join the rest of their friends (& parents) at The Hollow Bottom – a fabulous night and some tired children on their school trip to Bristol Zoo today no doubt!

Two declarations for Stratford Racecourse on Sunday. Mr Mafia was so well after his fourth win at Newton Abbot that we decided not to turn him out but to see how he came out of the race. He seems well so he takes his chance under Harry Stock again….5 out of 5 is a huge ask but we’ll see. Primogeniture is our other runner on Sunday for Sharon & Grahame Lovett – Andrew Tinkler rides.