Martin’s Blog 27th June

Another stunning morning and the team pulling together to ensure the horses are having the best care throughout this heat wave so a huge thanks to them. They have been starting a bit earlier to get them ridden out before it gets too hot and then starting evening stables quite a bit later and we’ve been turning most of them out overnight – the horses love it and it’s much cooler than being stuck in their stables.

Andrew Tinkler and Warren Marston were in and we worked Cotswold Prince, Bay Dude, Lord Condi, Forecast, Cul De Poule and Pomme De Nuit. Most of the rest just cantered whilst some are still just walking and trotting and building up their fitness.

Last night the boys wanted to take their pony out for a bareback ride up to the gallops so we had a family walk with the dogs too and were coming back down the road and checking the horses in the nearest paddock when a car pulled up. Mark Perring introduced himself – he’s a racing fan and had backed our Southwell double on Monday (we pointed out which ones Dr D & Mr Mafia were in the paddock next to us) and had come out for a drive to see where we are as he lives not too far away – he was one of the only cars to pass us and what a co-incidence we were all wandering down the road! His next visit is to watch the horses on the gallops sometime.

No runners yesterday so a few horses moved around – some in from the field and I took two lovely youngsters that we bought in Ireland to Martin Jones’ to be broken in. Whilst there I watched our 3 year old Mahler filly, who has already been with Martin for a couple of weeks, and she looks to be going well. I also collected a 3 year old Yeats Gelding who Martin has had for just over a month. Martin does such a good job and he looks a picture and has been happily cantering around Martin’s circular loop. I brought him back home for a holiday before bringing him into training. I’m so excited about the youngsters we have in for this season – four of the three year old stores we have purchased recently are for sale and they’ll be ready to view here from mid August so watch this space!

It’s the boys’ Sports Day today so great excitement in the house this morning (and last night too – the anticipation!) – lots to do here but can’t miss that later, they are growing up fast!