Martin’s Blog 5th September

Autumnal this morning and a stunning morning on the gallops. Freddie & Harry are back to school so back to some sort of ‘normal’ routine for us – will miss having them around the yard – a fantastic summer where Freddie got to canter his first racehorse (albeit just around our circular loop) and Harry reignighted his passion for riding. Memories made that the two of them will never forget.

Work morning and we worked Raving Bonkers, Sarasota Star, Buckle Street, Oscar World, Brillare Momento, Chequered View, Mister Valentine, Back on the Lash, Ben Buie, Twentyoneblackjack, Debden Bank and Cotswold Prince. Others doing swinging canters and some just cantering.

Yesterday we had a visit from Tim Varey and Linzi and their youngest daughter to watch their family homebred Miss Antipova on the gallops. She is going nicely and it is fabulous to link up with our local stud, Batsford Stud. She will make her bumper debut shortly and has entries at the end of the week.

Two runners today at Southwell. The star of our summer, Mr Mafia, jumps fences for the first time for us and seems in good form following four hurdle wins and is partnered by Harry Stock as usual. A good run would be a welcome boost for part owner Peter Boggis who is recovering at home from heart surgery and we all wish him well.

City Never Sleeps runs in the Handicap Hurdle and returns after over 500 days off the track. He’s a lovely looking big horse who will probably need the run a bit today but we have to start somewhere and are still hoping for a good solid return to action for his very patient partnership. He’s certainly strengthened up for his time off and has a lovely attitude.

Busy here this morning with vet Jeremy Swan and physio Hannah Ashton in.

Happy Birthday to owner Mark Allen and a happy belated birthday to Samantha Bishop who is part of the team here.