Martin’s Blog 2nd October

Work morning and Tyrone Hanlon in to watch Debden Bank on the gallops. Warren Marston in to ride out 1st lot and we also worked Reve, World War, Matravers, Mr Mafia, Ben Buie, Primogeniture, Pirate Look, Back on the Lash, Young Phoenix, Milan Filly, Solstice Star, Forecast, Pomme De Nuit, Finnick Glory, Bukcle Street and Cotswold Prince. All the rest cantered.

Sorry to hear that Mary-Ann Sandercock is moving on from working for Racing Welfare where she has done such a fantastic job as Fundraising Events Manager – Racing Staff Week in July was her brainchild and has been a huge success and continues to grow each year. It’s through that week that we have been able to give three members of our team rides in races – two of them having their very first ride in a race and we’ve helped them with sponsorship too with all funds going to Racing Welfare itself. Days they will never forget and, with the help of our supportive owners, we’ll be no doubt giving at least one member the chance of a ride in a race this year too. There are plenty of other things that go on that week – we held a BBQ for our Team however their fundraising and their support for racing’s most important people – the staff – carries on all year round.

Adam Ferguson is our local contact for Racing Welfare and he called in to see us last week and it always fascinates me how much they can help with. Belinda was able to run through every member of our team and ask for help and advice for us and for them as well dealing with their own individual complications in life. Racing Welfare really can help with anything in any of the lives of our team that is worrying them and also to help them progress and gain more skills too – we are so very fortunate to have them supporting us. Adam is coming back soon to do a presentation to our team and I have no doubt that they will all gain something valuable from it. To read more about what they can do please click HERE and if you feel you can help them support our team then I know they’d appreciate any donations too.

Chris Stock’s family has confirmed that his funeral and celebration of his life will be on Monday 15th October at St Michael’s Church in Broadway at 1pm. The family’s wishes are to ‘wear what you choose but a splash of colour would be lovely’. Donations please to Pancreatic Cancer UK.