Martin’s Blog 28th August

Ben Brain was in this morning to overground scope Eclat Des Mottes who disappointed us on Tuesday at Bangor. We are so fortunate to have top wind surgeon Ben on our doorstep and, instead of taking Motty to his Wyck Rissington base, with the recent rain we decided to work him on our grass 1 1/4 mile gallops with Ben following him in the buggy with me. Ben was able to watch what was going on with his wind on his computer and look at how he was galloping too – fascinating.

We found that he didn’t need a wind operation – maybe it was the ground on Tuesday he hated and it may also be that he’s holding a bit back for himself. Back to the drawing board but he looks healthy and happy and we’ll do all we can for him.

James Best rode Motty and was in for a couple of lots before rushing off to Fontwell. Warren Marston in for a couple of lots too and Chris Dee rode out with sons Charlie & Robbie in front of her niece and her husband and their awesome little boy Archie who is an absolute dude!

A busy day at Bangor on Tuesday and some good results. As above, Eclat Des Mottes was disappointing and pulled up before the last having not really travelled in the ground. Colin Bowkley, David Bishop & Chris Dee all made the trip to Wales to watch him.

Robsam put in a solid performance to finish 3rd a good bit behind two very nice horses but in no way disgraced. He jumped well and it was great that owner Matt Capp could be there to see him.

Capricia also ran a blinder to finish 4th on her hurdling debut and please us all especially James Best with her attitude. Matthew Baker was there to watch her with his mum Carole and we look forward to a fun season with her.

Enforcement was our final runner of the day for our Racing Club and Lilly Pinchin’s only ride for us that day. She gave him a peach of a ride, he jumped for fun and they were desperately unlucky to run into an incredibly well handicapped Jonjo JR/Senior/ JP horse to finish 2nd to it. A great run though for this small horse who jumps for fun and is a great horse to have in the racing club.

Dreadful weather the last couple of days and whilst great for galloping and grazing ground, awful to work in for the team so thanks to them for all their hard work in tough conditions.