Martin’s Blog 9th Jan

Chepstow has passed it’s inspection! Well done to all concerned as I know from my days as a Groundsman at Cheltenham how much effort goes into covering the whole track with frost sheets. We have one runner – Witness Protection for Foxtrot Racing and will be partnered by James Best. It’s a big step up in class and he has to try and give 7lbs to all his rivals and it’s a competitive race too so a big ask. But, he’s in good form and I can’t wait to see how he runs.

Yesterday Kazontherazz was, on the face of things, a bit disappointing on the all weather at Lingfield in her Jumpers Bumper finishing 9th beaten 13 1/2 lengths but she just didn’t seem to act on the ground and I think we can put a line through the run. She’s home, has eaten up overnight and trotted up sound which is the most important thing. We’ll revert to turf, probably run her back in another bumper before going hurdling.

Reve ran in a really competitive Jumpers Bumper against two Grade 1 winners and a decent horse on the flat as well so only 5 runners but some smart rivals. He enjoyed himself although Sean Bowen did report he felt flat out all the way – but finished a good 4th and it was good to blow the cobwebs away as he needed a run. It won’t have taken that much out of him, he’s bonny and well this morning so we’ll hopefully find a race on decent ground back over fences in 2 or 3 weeks time.

Cold here this morning but not as cold as earlier in the week and hopefully the weather is improving into next week. James Best and Harry Greasby in to help the team get the horses out. We worked Miss Antipova, Dariya, Robsam, Ten Past Midnight, Capricia, Pinnacle Peak and Be Thankful. All the rest either cantered or did a swinging canter.

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