Martin’s Blog 7th March

No rain, yet, but too much at Sandown Park who have been forced to abandon their two day meeting which is a huge shame.

Tilly Jarrett in this morning to watch Black Prince on the gallops. He’s come out of his Lingfield race on Wednesday well. Although he was 11th he was only beaten 5 1/4 lengths and Franny Norton was straight on the phone to me apologising as if he’d ridden it again he would have made far more use of him, as was the plan. Honest feedback like that always says a lot about a jockey and is much appreciated by connections.

Mark Caswell in and he worked Be Thankful with Patrick Cowley on Sarasota Star. The rest all worked yesterday when Lilly Pinchin was in all morning and Warren Marston in for a couple of lots too. We look set to have a busy spring as soon as the ground starts to dry out as we’ve had very few runners as we have lots of youngsters and plenty of others who I would rather not run in the heavy conditions that are everywhere.

I managed to slip off mid morning after watching three lots to get to Northleach in time to watch the second half of Harry’s football match against Avonvale. He plays for Northleach Under 10s and loves his football. He didn’t seem on form for most of the match which was fortunate as Belinda & I had promised him (in a moment of madness) last night some money for each goal he scored. That looked unlikely although the rest of his team were scoring and they headed into the final 1/4 4-0 up. He suddenly came alive and in about 5 minutes scored a hat-trick enabling them to win 7-0 and winning himself Man of the Match. A trip the the cashpoint for us on the way home!

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Have a great weekend.