Martin’s Blog 27th March

No blog for a few days as we took advantage of a relatively quiet weekend to spend it staying with Paul Davis in Switzerland. I took Belinda & the boys too and we had a fantastic weekend as usual – there are no limits to Paul’s different hats – chauffeur (to and from airport & to and from the ski resorts), host, ski guide, weather checker (sunshine sorter!) etc and we even manage to chill out after a day on the slopes with a beer in hand race planning so work was achieved too! Paul somehow finds time to also have a full on job (was taking conference calls too on the way to and from the slopes) plus superbly runs our Racing Club, four Martin Keighley Racing Partnerships and two other partnerships too. He takes the quote ‘busy life’ to another level yet always seems so in control!

Foxy and the team ensured we had nothing to worry about here at home too and everything continued like clock work here even with two dogs and two ponies to keep an eye on for the weekend – top team.

Two runners today at Hereford Racecourse. Harry Stock partners Madame Fiona and Ash, who looks after her and rides her so well at home, will be helping hopefully ensure she starts again after a few mishaps in that department. She seems in good form but needs to improve a lot to be in with a shout today. Cup of Ambition runs in the last for our Racing Club under Andrew Tinkler. Hes’s been a frustrating horse but has had a wind operation so we would be thrilled if that has the desired effect.

Great to see Claire Hardwick, who does a lot of pre-training for us, have a winner on Sunday with Western Diva (part owned by Chris Dee who is an owner here too) at Ston Easton Point to Point. Mick Deady, who works full time for us, rides out for Claire in his lunchtime and Claire has put much of the win down to Mick’s hard work on Diva as she isn’t the easiest and Mick has done a great job. It was also a good ride too we hear so well done to all.