Martin’s Blog 28th March

Two runners at Hereford yesterday. Madame Fiona proved pretty tricky going to post and huge credit to Ash Hark, who looks after her at home and rides her every day, along with the help of the Starter Simon McNeil, to get her to start. Harry Stock was on board and did well too but he too credited Ash who was advising him all the way including ‘do not get off’! She did start and pleased her owners Roger & Yvonne Allsop by finishing 4th but will undoubtedly find life easier when she has a handicap mark.

Cup of Ambition was due to go to the Ascot Sales today and we were hoping for a decent run yesterday following a wind operation. Sadly he showed us that he has totally fallen out of love with racing and we retired him. He’s a little sore this morning and we have taken him out of the Sales today as it is simply not fair on him to send him there. As with all our horses, we will now find him a home where he is under less stress and strain and can hopefully enjoy doing another discipline. There are a few avenues we are following up but horse welfare is the most important thing.

Another horse who we have successfully re-homed is 5 time winner and half brother to our legend Any Currency, Monty’s Revenge. He has been rehomed a couple of times but the proviso is always that we must have him back if it went wrong so when he fell out of love with team chasing he was returned and then circumstances changed in his next home we had him back again. Hopefully we have now found him his forever home locally with Bryan and Anni Eccles in Blockley. Sam Bishop, who helps them with their horses also helps us out too and we are so thrilled that he has settled in so well and are sure he has found the perfect home.

Andrew Tinkler and Warren Marston in this morning. We worked Ballymountain Boy, Reve, Dr Dunraven, Young Phoenix, Raving Bonkers, Buckle Street, Morning Herald, Ask Alice, Hartshorne Abbie, Matravers, Lerichi Belle, Presenting 4 year old, Primogeniture, Back on the Lash and Enforcement. All the rest cantered.

No runners today but a busy day tomorrow with Pirate Look at Wetherby and Chequered View, Lady Vitesse and Pomme De Nuit at Towcester.