Martin’s Blog 20th July

The Condicote Clan (minus Matthew who unfortunately had to work) descended on Worcester on Tuesday night to watch Buckle Street make his first appearance for them over hurdles. He’s already given them a wonderful day on the flat when he won his Charity race at York and we put a line through his subsequent flat run at Salisbury so with him being in good form at home, despite being an outsider at the bookies, hopes were high.

It was further than he’s run over hurdles before but with a sedate gallop and having jumped well throughout he was a length down over the last poised to challenge but on the run-in the eventual winner leant on the horse on his inside which bumped Buckle & stopped his challenge. He bravely battled back to be only beaten a neck.The immediate thought after the race was whether we should object to the winner. However, it was a domino effect that caused the interference and, in truth, there would have been little point in lodging an objection, especially with no Steward’s Enquiry announced. So we were left to reflect on a great run and a brave performance by Buckle Street in the knowledge that he was certainly unlucky not to win the race.

The Condicote Clan is made up of a super group of supportive and entertaining owners so we ensured that we still had a good night as we always seem to do at Worcester which has been, on the whole, a pretty lucky track for us.

No runners yesterday and no rain frustratingly either however last night made up for that and it looks to have nearly stopped before 1st lot but now the heavens have opened again…..

Claire Hart here this morning to bring our Papal Bull youngster to canter with the string 1st lot and then stay here. He’s been with her for a few months as he was quite a backward youngster and she’s done a great job with him.

Great to have Harley Cornock back fully mended from a broken leg back in April and two new starters this week as well so welcome to our team Michael Deady and Alfie Jordan. With the amount of new horses coming in and the older ones returning from their summer holidays, despite Michael & Alfie joining us we are still looking for at least one more member of staff so do get in touch if you fancy joining our friendly and competitive team.

The boys are having their last day at school today so great excitement in our house for a fun packed summer holiday ahead. Last night was their End of Term Picnic – a scene I’m not sure could be replicated in many places as all parents brought food, mucked in and sat with teachers on the school field, sheltered by marquees and gazebos and after the food had been eaten and leavers speeches finished they enjoyed the annual dads vs lads football match until dark. A lovely primary school in an idylic setting and they are so very fortunate. No usual early morning wake up call from them this morning!!

Sad to learn that David Wintle has died after a long and brave battle against Cancer. He was a kind and knowledgeable man and our thoughts are with his family.