1st May – a new season!

We’ve apparently had a week off … well no racing as we changed from 2020/2021 season to the 2021/2022 season so no week off here as we still have most of the team in full training. In fact it’s been a very busy week – with no rain we have been watering our schooling ground quite a few times a day as I was very keen to school on the grass yesterday.

Yesterday James Best and Patrick Cowley between them schooled Mr Mafia, Sarasota Star, Witness Protection, Mozzaro, Reve, Eclat Des Mottes, Back on the Lash, Ten Past Midnight, Samtara, Debden Bank, Robsam, Dreamsundermyfeet, Dariya, Solstice Star, Capricia, Cloud Formation, Pinnacle Peak, Cul De Poule and Found On. Paul Davis & Matthew Baker were here to watch and then followed on to Jon Trice-Rolph’s Todenham base where we took Herecomeshogan and Brianna Rose to leave the ground for the first time. They were very good so a very productive morning.

Herecomeshogan (Patrick Cowley) at Jon Trice-Rolph’s

Meanwhile at home Belinda met with Andy Streeter, our BHA Yard Inspector for our Annual Inspection. He’s very thorough and very helpful and generous with his advice too.

On to today and we had Sponsor Neil Lloyd, Paul Davis and Jack Rogers in 1st lot. 2nd Lot Tilly Jarrett and David Bishop were in. 3rd Lot we were joined by 8 year old Freja Thackray and her parents – Freja is raising money for Racing Welfare by running 20 lots of 2021 metres in 2021 mainly up a variety of gallops and racecourses. Neil Lloyd kindly arrived in his running gear and stayed on to join Freja whilst she ran along our gallops – a superb effort. As a treat Freja enjoyed a quick ride on our retired superstar Champion Court which she looked to love. He behaved impeccably too – what a star he is. Racing Welfare is such an amazing charity and we are so lucky to be supported by then. Well done Freja and good luck with the rest of your challenge.

Neil, Freja, Freddie & Harry
Martin with Freja on Champion Court in front of the Cheltenham Winners’ Board

We have our first two runners of the season (Big Nasty is a non runner) at Uttoxeter. Both partnered by James Best, Dreamsundermyfeet was too keen last time so will need to settle more today but he’s pleased us at home and seems to be growing up so we hope he will show us more than he has on the track so far. Enforcement represents our Racing Club and runs in the final race of the day which is a 3m chase. He ran with credit last time despite not troubling the leaders and he’ll enjoy the ground and we just hope he’s in the right frame of mind today!



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