Martin’s Blog 4th October

The benefits of a small yard is that we can adapt the work to suit the horses and whilst we generally work the horses on the same day sometimes we can switch days with horses to suit them. Today we worked Oscar World, Sarasota Star and Chequered View and they all worked well.

Hannah Ashton, one of our physios, was in today and she looked at the upcoming runners and any that the team had a query about. We are fortunate enough to have two physios with Maggie Turner our other physio and they both compliment each other and help keep our horses in top shape. Racehorses are top athletes and, like world class athletes, they need help to keep in top form and Hannah and Maggie are a huge part of our team.

Sadly things don’t always go to plan with horses and we’d been aiming Cotswold Prince for the 3 year old bumper at Huntingdon today for months and most of his patient owners were all set to go. We’d not had one single setback until today when he didn’t eat up and so the vet took a blood and that wasn’t right either therefore we had no option but to declare him a non-runner. What a disappointment – and Jasmin, who looks after him and adores him, was pretty disappointed too but his patient owners, despite being disappointed too, took it in their stride and know his time will come.

We are off to Fontwell tomorrow with Mr Mafia who returns to hurdles after not thoroughly enjoying fences last time. More about him tomorrow.