Martin’s Blog 9th October

A fun afternoon at Stratford yesterday with a fantastic group of owners although unfortunately not the winner we always strive for. Pirate Look hung badly and we’ll get him fully checked out again – he was almost unrideable and despite looking fantastic in the Paddock must have been in pain somewhere to hang like that. Frustrating for his owners and another case of ‘we wish they could talk’! He’s much better than that.

Buckle Street was a bit of a monkey at the start but thanks to the Starter and his assistant and Harry Stock on board he didn’t lose too much ground and did start. We’ll probably need to try to run him in a bigger field next time and get him buried in the middle – he doesn’t do it at home so it’s very annoying. He ran well though, jumped well and stayed on to finish 4th and give his faithful followers, and especially the Lindsay clan – Fi, Hilz and Shelia whose colours he runs in – something to shout on and we were all wearing their newly made coloured scarves … well I said all – not me but I’ve promised when he next wins I will!!

Finally Dr Dunraven was running his final race for the Racing Club before he goes to the Sales later this month. What fun he has given us all and so generous of his owners to lease him to the Club for the summer. He’s always run his heart out and has given them 2 wins, 3 x 3rds and 2 x 5ths. He’s become such a favourite for our Racing Club and it’s not hard to see why.

A hectic morning this morning declaring 5 horses for two different meetings tomorrow so a morning of liaising with owners, jockeys and their agents!

Work morning too (no rest for the wicked!) and Warren Marston in to ride work. We worked World War, Solstice Star, Ben Buie, Finnick Glory, Miss Antipova, Mello Yello, Big Nasty, Twentyoneblackjack, Mahler 4 year old, Young Phoenix, Pomme De Nuit, Back on the Lash, Sarasota Star, Bay Dude, Raving Bonkers and Mahler 3 year old. Others cantered or did a swinging canter.

Great to meet Joanne from Papa’s Tailoring today. She’s got a stand at The Open at Cheltenham in November and, fortunately for me, has chosen me to show off one of her wonderful coats. She does children too so I can see my boys trying to chat her up when my finished article arrives! Joanne’s attention to detail and ideas are fantastic so I look forward to seeing my coat.