Martin’s Blog 22nd November

We have been forecast 50mph winds today…whilst it is windy, it hasn’t quite got that bad yet so let’s hope they are wrong!

BetVictor Gold Cup winning jockey Tom Bellamy was in this morning and a reminder from a Twitter fan that it is 17 years ago today that a young 16 year old Tom had his first ride under Rules at Ffos Las on Ponchatrain for me and finished 3rd. It was Ponchatrain that gave him his first winner under Rules too. How times flies.

We schooled Somewhere To Be, Cup of Ambition, Young Phoenix, Madame Fiona, Sporty Yankee, Brillare Momento, Spice Girl, Fairmount and Cul De Poule and they all jumped well.

Apologies for not mentioning how we got on at the Sales on Friday night in my earlier blogs – a big omission but thanks to Basil Tinkler for emailing to ask. Frustratingly trade was very strong and some went for crazy prices. Unfortunately we were underbidder twice – one went for £105,000 and one went for £42,000 and another we didn’t even get a bid on but hoped we may get for £40k went for over £80k …. not much value for us I’m afraid and I am keen on value at whatever price that may be. So back to the drawing board and disappointing for owners who were hopeful to say the least after spending Thursday afternoon and most of Friday looking. Never mind. Hopefully horses with value will be purchased shortly – I’ll keep you updated.

Miss Condi runs today on the flat at Kempton Park. She’s been disappointing as we hoped that when she had a Handicap mark and was in her grade that she’d be a bit more competitive. As yet she hasn’t been so a home as a polo pony (she’s pretty small) or similar may becon shortly unless she impresses us today. A competitive race but if she shows us a lot more then we’ll give her another chance…up to her!

David Robinson and Andrew Riley called in yesterday for a catch up and to deliver Belinda’s final £600 to make up her Macmillan Cancer Support sponsorship well into the £28,000’s …. fantastic and thanks again to all for their support. Amazing to think what good that money will no doubt do.