Martin’s Blog 6th July

A busy morning with Jo Stainer, Stuart Baikie and Ollie & Irene Ryan all in to watch the horses work and Ollie & Irene also looked at Reve and Brillare Momento enjoying their summer holidays – Brillare will be back in next week.

We worked Forecast, Lord Condi, Cotswold Prince, Primogeniture, Pomme De Nuit, Morning Herald and Cul De Poule. The rest mostly did a couple of canters.

It’s the final day for Honor Devas who has been with us from the Cotswold School on work experience. She’s been a big help and has enjoyed riding Buckle Street a couple of times and we hope she took a lot away from her time here.

Last night we had a BBQ for the Team during Racing Staff Week and thanks must go to Racing Welfare, whose local officer Adam Ferguson called in with cakes for the team yesterday, and also the ROA who gave 30 yards a grant of £100 for the evening and we were one of the lucky recipients. The team seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves – the weather was perfect and they all seem healthy this morning so my cooking must have be ok too!

A big day today for Harley Cornock who rides Matravers for us at Newton Abbot in the Betfair Charity Race after the last race on the professional card. A great initiative for members of stable staff to have the chance of a ride – last year Kieran O’Hare and Issy Mangan both rode in races this week and it’s Harley’s turn today. Do still sponsor him HERE if you haven’t already – it’s for Racing Welfare and is a charity who helped Harley out last year when he broke his leg on a youngster so he’s keen to support it. Good luck to Harley!

Mr Mafia, who has been such a star for us and his owners since he joined us winning three out of three, steps up in grade to try and win his fourth in a row for John Abernethy and Peter Boggis. A very competitive race but he’s 9lbs ‘well in’ and owes us nothing this summer so deserves to take his chance with not much weight on his back and once again with Harry Stock on board. It’s then a well earned holiday for him.