Martin’s Blog 28th November

It seems to always be busy here which is great and plenty of visitors again in today with Jon Hughes and Jo Stainer in at the crack of dawn to watch horses working up the grass. Warren Marston in too. We worked Brillare Momento, Dr Dunraven, Cul De Poule, My Lad Percy, Cup of Ambition, Cut & Run, Chequered View, Hartshorne Abbie, Mister Valentine, Sporty Yankee, Viking Mistress, Twentyoneblackjack, Somewhere To Be, Lord Condi, Pomme De Nuit, Raving Bonkers, Weyburn, Ask Alice and Lady Vitesse. All the rest cantered.

Judy Pimblett here early afternoon but as I’ll have left for Lingfield Jon Hughes and Belinda are in charge of looking after her. She is here to see Dr Dunraven and Pomme De Nuit and they look forward to seeing her here later.

Yesterday Issy collected our amazing new horsebox from George Smith Horsesboxes and took it to Gloucester to have a photograph wrap put on the back of her leading in Brillare Momento on one of her winning times at Cheltenham led by owner Irene and Ollie Ryan – it is absolutely brilliant and we are thrilled with how it all looks. Thanks to Chris Stock’s design team and in particular Tegan who worked so hard with Jon Hughes on the image. Charlotte at George Smith’s was very helpful too and Issy chose the box after test driving a variety as she is the one that will drive it the most so it was important that she was happy with it. She had people tooting and waving on the way back yesterday! We love it! Do tweet us a photo when you see it out and about!

Issy and the lorry are at Lingfield today where we have three runners. Fairmount and Madame Fiona, both homebred greys, make their hurdling debuts which will be so interesting for us and their connections. Andrew Tinkler rides them both and we hope they enjoy today – they’ve both been placed in bumpers and are nice horses so will hopefully run well. Solstice Star is reunited with Champion Jockey Richard Johnson again after a brilliant display of jumping at Carlisle where the pair were unlucky not to win but were 2nd and beaten by weight alone. You can’t not fancy him today and with another display of jumping like that and in the soft ground he likes at a course he’s won round should see him go very close. An exciting day.