Martin’s Blog 9th October

We were thrilled with Solstice Star yesterday at Uttoxeter on his seasonal debut jumping well throughout and finishing 3rd in what looked a pretty decent race. I couldn’t have been happier with his jumping as he was able to go short and confident enough to go long too and he also delighted owners Richard East and James Gibbs. They are now not surprisingly looking forward to the season ahead and we are so pleased that all the hard work we’ve put into him over the summer seems to have ironed out his problems with the help of our vets Bourton Vale Equine Clinic and Claire Hart’s pre-training team.

Mondays are busy with Maggie Turner our physio, Nick Partridge our Farrier and Jeremy Swan our vet all in. Our Dentist Tom Siddall was kind enough to come out yesterday morning to check one that we weren’t happy was eating as well as they should be – so great to have such a good team behind us.

Jockeys Andrew Tinkler and Conor Shoemark were in this morning and therefore we took the opportunity to school quite a few on the grass and all went well.

Windsor today with Enforcement having his second run after bumping into a Frankel progeny, Elargam at York last time who went on to win a Grade 3 eased down at Newmarket two weeks ago! He’s learning all the time and will eventually go over hurdles hopefully but we aim to have some fun on the flat before then.

Later in the card Ash Hark, our yard Amateur, rides Whatalove in an Amateur Riders Handicap over 6f. She’s been unlucky not to win one and is as tough as they come despite not being overly big. Ash is having plenty of chances as he works hard in the yard and is also waiting for his first winner so hopefully they will go well today.