Martin’s Blog 28th September

Autumnal here and we worked the horses this morning. Andrew Jones was in to watch World War and PJ and Anne Maher were in to watch Pirate Look work. We also worked Sarasota Star, Enforcement, Young Phoenix, Finnick Glory, Reve, Debden Bank, Matravers, Oscar World, Forecast, Solstice Star, Mr Mafia, Cotswold Prince, Back on the Lash, Chequered View, Primogeniture and Ben Buie. Plenty of the rest just cantered. A productive morning.

Yesterday Charlie Dee, who runs The Jack Sparrow Partnership who own Pirate Look, was in and rode him up the gallops so had first hand feedback for the partnership. Chris Dee, his mother and shareholder in Pirate Look (no pressure Charlie!) was also in yesterday watching the horses on the gallops.

A busy afternoon ahead and great to have Harry Stock back in the last few days and he’s in action at Worcester today on Hartshorne Abbie and Twentyoneblackjack who both need a bit of luck later on today. Twentyoneblackjack needed to strenthen up last season so his owners, Mike & Mella Wright took him home and their daughter has worked hard on him and he returned looking fantastic. He’s up against it today and will undoubtedly be more suited by fences but the brush hurdles should suit him and it will be good to get a run under his belt. Hartshorne Abbie hasn’t yet showed us the promise on the track that she has done at home so has been a little frustrating so she is dropped into a seller today.

Earlier in the day Dr Dunraven opens proceedings up in the first race under Andrew Tinkler on a course that he has won at before. He seems as well as we’ve had him at home and is in very good form so I’m hoping for a bold show from him in a competitive race. Andrew gets on very well with him.

Andrew also rides Lerichi Belle who has been forever the bridesmaid so far but not through want of trying as she’s as genuine as they come. She’s not the most straightforward though as she’s very keen but Harley at home has done a brilliant job switching her off and taking her off on his own regularly and no horse deserves to get it’s head in front more than her!

I’m excited to see dual Cheltenham winner Brillare Momento back on the racecourse this afternoon and she starts over hurdles but it won’t be long before she goes over fences. She seems very well too and Alice, who rides her out every day is pleased with her so we are hoping for a good introduction to her season.