Martin’s Blog 29th August

A deluge of rain yesterday at Worcester even before I eventually got there – a road closed by The Plough at Ford and then gridlock through the centre of Worcester meant a near two hour journey and a grumpy trainer!

Good to firm ground quickly softened but we decided still to run Cotswold Prince, who’d ideally prefer better ground. It was worth the risk and he jumped well to finish 4th and probably found it a bit on the soft side but he’s only 4, Richard Johnson likes him a lot and we will hopefully continue to give his enthusiastic owners a lot of fun for quite some years to come.

Cut And Run was in the last and maybe she prefers better ground too – we are still continuing to learn with her. She jumped well and Leighton went wide looking for better hoping they’d come back to him more than they did but ran a solid race to finish 5th. Both are A1 this morning and out in the field for the day with the rest

We had Ernie Verburg in this morning taking photos of the string and the yard. We worked with Ernie at The Duke’s back in the 1990s and she lives in Holland so it was fabulous for her to come over and have a catch up. We don’t feel any older than those days most of the time!

Two runners at Fontwell evening meeting although they are barely evening as they run in the first two races. Raving Bonkers returns after being so very unlucky last time out when brought down on the flat turning for home injuring Harry Stock. We’ve given him time to get over that hopefully and, although it is a competitive race, the ground should suit and we hope he runs a solid race. Richard Johnson rides.

Our other runner is Primogeniture for our Martin Keighley Racing Club. He’s such a consistent sort despite being very hard to win with but I’m determined we will get his head in front one day! I wonder which day that will be?! He’ll hopefully be in the prize money again and it would be great if he could surprise us. Leighton Aspell rides.