Martin’s Blog 2nd June

Lovely weather has greeted us for June although we do still need some rain it’s fantastic for half term and the horses are loving being turned out without rugs on. We are fortunate that we are high up and don’t get generally bothered by flies.

We aren’t taking our foot off the pedal though, as I’ve already mentioned we have a 20 plan improvement plan for the yard which we aim to get through over the summmer before our Owners’ Day so life is as busy as mid winter here but it’s all very exciting.

On Wednesday evening we went out for supper with Eimear Chance and her Irish Thoroughbred Marketing team at The Old Stocks in Stow on the Wold. The company was fun, as expected, and the food was delicious and, don’t worry, Belinda was obviously designated driver and gave pudding a miss!!!

Gerry Hogan and I looked at plenty of horses at the Cheltenham Tattersalls Sale yesterday and we were delighted to pick up Lot 68, Oscar World, a mare who has finished 2nd in a point-to-point and is a lovely type. She’s settled in well and will be having her holiday in the field shortly.

This morning Warren Marston and Andrew Tinkler were in and we worked Jazzy, Whatalove, Madame Fiona, Brass Monkey, Ocean Eleven, Ask Alice, Cottersrock, Twentyoneblackjack and all the rest cantered – we are working some horses tomorrow too. Paul Armour and Maggie Turner were on the gallops to watch the horses work. Maggie also treated some of the horses and checked next week’s runners too.

Late morning we had a visit from a Photographer from the Gloucestershire Echo who are doing an article on Belinda’s upcoming charity race and took plenty of photos of her on Buckle Street. Buckle Street absolutely loved that and is a natural for a photographer – Belinda’s hoping that he’s keen on having his photo taken on 17th June too and therefore ensures he gets his head in front!!