Martin’s Blog 24th August

I was thrilled with Mozzaro’s bumper debut on Saturday at Uttoxeter – he has taken 2 years to get to the track as he was so backward but, although green, he pleased us so much under an educational ride from James Best to finish 4th doing all his best work at the end. He wasn’t beaten that far either and was given a kind ride which I think is so important with a debutante especially one who has taken a while to come to hand. Co-owner Deb Butler has done all of his work at home and she led him up too which helped keep him calm. He’s 100% and he will have plenty of time before he runs again.

We were fortunate enough to have a lovely weekend in Salcombe staying with David Maybury who Belinda had her very first Hunter Chase ride for a long time ago …! So good to catch up with David and a fabulous time in an enviable location which was pretty perfect for the boys – huge garden and straight onto the beach! A home from home bumping into their school friends regularly too! Not far from Newton Abbot & great to have a bit of down time before the season kicks off properly – they even got me on a paddle board!!! Thanks David, we loved it.

Good to be back and credit to our team that they kept the show on the road whilst we were away. George Thornton, Tracey & Ava here on Saturday seeing their winner Lord Condi and Dreamsundermyfeet too – Paul Davis in charge and a good morning had by all apparently. George has been with us from nearly the start as he had a share in the wonderful Any Currency. Fun times and more to come hopefully.

Busy tomorrow at Bangor with four runners. Robsam our first runner for Matt Capp – he was backward last year but seems stronger this year and will hopefully put up a bold show. Ours have been needing their first run with a long season ahead but he should be fit enough to do himself justice.

Caprica next and she’s really impressed me over hurdles at home. She seems to absolutely love jumping with a superb attitude and, although she has her future ahead of her, may surprise a few people tomorrow.

Eclat Des Mottes loved his summer holiday being spoilt by co-owner Chris Dee who sometimes comes in and rides him out. He has bulked out and looks a picture and James Best has thoroughly enjoyed schooling him as he loves his jumping. His race is competitive and he’ll probably come on for it too but I’m looking forward to hopefully having some fun with him this season.

Finally Enforcement runs for the Racing Club and, on prices, is our best chance of the day albeit still a decent price. He’s a fun horse who, although small, jumps for fun and loves fences as well as hurdles. Thanks to Jon Hughes who has leased him to the Racing Club, we hope he’ll run another good race for them. Lilly Pinchin has done most of his schooling and rides him.