Martin’s Blog 7th May

The sun is still shining and was stunning yesterday at Towcester. Five runners and I had a good walk around before racing and was happy with the ground for them all. Ask Alice kicked off proceedings for our Racing Club of which a small group were able to attend, and she needed to show us more on the track what she shows us at home. She struggled after being headed 4 out but it was still an improvement and a flatter track on good ground he feels she’ll have a better chance.

Lerichi Belle ran another solid race on her debut over fences under a superb ride from Richard Johnson. She is very keen and he did such a good job to switch her off and get her jumping and has to produce her late and did so to finish 2nd. Thrilled and frustrated – thrilled with such a great debut over fences and a big run but frustrated as she’s already posted five 2nds over hurdles and is so tough and genuine she deserves to win a race soon! Richard is convinced her time will come over both codes.

Weyburn bounced back too after some a couple of unconvincing efforts jumping for fun and Andrew Tinkler produced him turning for home and was convinced he’d win. He faded up the hill and we’ll run him on a flatter track next time as Andrew was convinced it was purely the track that beat him. More happy owners and plans to be made.

Doubly represented in the bumper. Raving Bonkers had won at Towcester last season so carried a 7lbs penalty and ran a good race, looked a picture, but faded and definitely needs a decent summer holiday to strengthen up further. Half of his enthusiastic group of owners were able to be there and had a fabulous day in the sunshine enjoying a picturesque racecourse and pimms! If Hartshorne Abbie hadn’t pulled so hard for the first mile she would have been in the first four and so I was thrilled with her run and she’ll run next in a Mares’ bumper. Towcester is the most local track for her supportive owners – John & Claire Abernethy so it was great to spend the day with them yesterday too.

Although we all would love to win every time we go racing, it’s obviously not possible and so I think that owners should enjoy the experience too. Yesterday was one of those days that we thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with a wonderful group of owners – many hadn’t met before but all mixed so well – and we enjoyed pimms in the sunshine with the horses all coming back safely. A good and positive day and plenty of ice cream consumed by Freddie & Harry too!