Martin’s Blog 28th April

Work morning and Conor Shoemark and Warren Marston in to ride out. We worked Ballymountain Boy, Somewhere To Be, Jazzy, Dr Dunraven, Brass Monkey, Cup of Ambition, Twentytwoblackjack, By Multiplex, Young Phoenix, Spice Girl, Fairmount, By Elzaam and the Lawman colt. All the rest just cantered.

Richard Davies was in to watch Spice Girl work.

Two runners at Huntingdon evening meeting. Ocean Eleven makes his debut for us and has good form on the flat. We’ve done plenty of schooling and it will be interesting to see how he takes to Hurdling. Thady Quil will disappoint me if he isn’t competitive tonight.

So disappointing to hear from Kitty King, Ambassador for our Racing Club, that her Badminton hopes for next week have been shattered so near to the event with her horse being ruled out by her vet. Kitty does so well at every level of eventing and her strike rate must be nearly the best, if not the best in the industry but she’s been missing the top horses she deserves and we were all so looking forward to watching her at Badminton this year.

Her horse wasn’t straight forward and she had agreed to take on Monty’s Revenge from us as a lead horse for him to assist him getting to and from the gallops. Monty has been hunting this season but his current home also want to Team Chase and his heart wasn’t in that. Kitty sounded more upset that she was letting us down by now not needing him than she was about her own horse – she’s such a lovely girl.

However it does now mean that we are looking for a fantastic Hunting home for Monty’s Revenge. As with the last home, we will keep in contact and will have him back if he doesn’t work out. He’s a lovely horse, a kind and great ride who jumps for fun out hunting and is well mannered too. Do get in touch if you think you can offer him the lovely home he deserves.