Martin’s Blog 2nd November

We were thrilled that Charlie Dee, working in his new position for Kern Lillingston purchased Pirate Look yesterday at the Newmarket Tattersalls Sales for his mother Christina Dee. An exciting type who will go to Claire Hart’s pre-training yard for schooling before joining us in the next few weeks. We failed to purchase a couple more as the trade was brisk.

The Kvilleken ran disappointingly at Taunton yesterday for our Racing Club under Conor Shoemark and underlined the fact that he’s not enjoying being in training any more. Disappointing as we so wanted him to work out for the Club in memory of dear Patrick Spittle, who sadly died earlier this year and who was keen for him to join the Racing Club. He now needs to find a new home and maybe a spell hunting will rejuvenate him and he could go point-to-pointing or another job maybe. We’ll ensure we find him a super home as we are all very fond of him and owe it to him and to Patrick’s memory to ensure he has a happy new life.

No runners today. Mark Boothright was in 1st lot to watch the horses schooling. We schooled Cup of Ambition, Whatalove and Twentyoneblackjack. All the rest cantered.

Belinda & Jamie meanwhile went to Newbury Racecourse for the day to a National Trainers’ Federation (NTF) Seminar run by Peter Burnett of the Peplow Group and found it a fascinating and inspirational day on leadership and much more and were buzzing about it when they returned. Exciting stuff. We are so fortunate to have the NTF and they have launched a Team Champion Award which is a fantastic idea.