Martin’s Blog 8th January

Sandown was busy on Saturday where we just had one runner with Brillare Momento in the last race – a Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles. The ground was heavy and she hadn’t proved to us that she went on it so we dropped her back in trip. She ran another sold race to finish 4th – the winner a very nice horse and she gave 21lbs to the 2nd horse, 15lbs to the third horse and I felt she still looked the winner before the 2nd last. So although I should be delighted with such a good run, I’m still a little frustrated as I feel something is stopping her. She ate up and is fine – I think she’s even better than that.

Cul De Poule ran in the bumper at Chepstow under Andrew Tinkler and all he does is gallop. He needs a fence in front of him and has schooled over hurdles so we’ll look to run him towards the end of the month. He will have gained more important experience in his run.

A quiet Sunday with no runners so plenty of time to look through the programme book and map out plans. A long walk with the boys, their ponies and the dogs too – a family day.

Bitterly cold and the Farrier and Physio in as normal this morning. Charlie Dee in to show me some horses for sale so a good catch up with him. More horses back into training and a couple off on a break – that time of year.

Madame Fiona was due to run at Hereford today but I feared they wouldn’t survive the weather and that was confirmed before we needed to leave. Luckily our Leisure Ride carpet gallops allow us to work the horses 364 days a year.

Happy Birthday to both Ross Hemming, our Yard Sponsor and an owner here too, and Kieran O’Hare, one of our work riders.