Martin’s Blog 10th February

A busy Saturday morning with Charlotte & Harry Paget-Wall Collins, Granville Styler, Tom Pratt, Val Phillips & friend Joy all in to watch Zarhanya work with Harry Atkins upsides Kauto Castillo & Louise. Matthew Baker and mum Carol both in too, Paul Davis & Chris Dee as well. Chris has sent us ‘Pacific’ who has been running on the flat before a brief spell with Claire Hart where she did plenty of schooling so we are excited to get going with her.

Yesterday John Neocleous’s On My Command ran a belter under Harry Atkins on her debut for the yard at Kempton Park to finish 4th. John and his daughter were in to watch her on the gallops a week or so ago and were delighted with how happy she was and how she had settled in with us. She came to us from Sally Taylor who’d done a super job pre-training her and she’s now qualified for a race we may aim for with her at Cheltenham’s April Meeting.

Hot Goddess made her racecourse debut for the “Two Sisters” Jane & Rosemary so it was a very exciting day for them. She ran a belter under Sean Bowen and, although running very green, Sean was thrilled with her attitude and she will have learnt a lot yesterday too. She jumps well and is a nice prospect.

Bluethorn Boy however ran his first and last race as he showed us all he would much rather not be a racehorse. He has been given so much time by owner/breeder Michael Chitty and his partners and we’ve done everything possible to help him strengthen up and prepare him for his racecourse debut. One of his other partners, Tom Colraine, was also there with us all yesterday and unfortunately Bluethorn was never going and Sean reported that he just didn’t give him any feel at all. Disappointing but the sad reality and we always have to do the best for the wonderful animals we are lucky enough to work with every day. No surprise to all of us here is that by the time Belinda & I had got to the end of the M25 heading home that he had been re-homed to a super new home and we know he is going to have lots of fun.

It was great to have Sean Bowen back in the saddle yesterday, his second day back. He’s worked incredibly hard to get back from a bad injury which once again shows us how tough these jump jockeys are.

We wish our Farrier, Nick Partridge, a speedy recovery from what sounds like a bit of a horror fall whilst skiing earlier this week. His wife, Lou, has said that despite a shoulder injury and multiple rib fractures, he will walk away a very lucky man. Nick is a vital part of our team and we hope that he mends soon and send Nick & his family all of our love and best wishes.

No runners tomorrow so a chance to go and support Harry who is really enjoying playing for Studley Bees U14s and they play tomorrow at home vs Sutton Coldfield Town U14s so good luck to Harry and his team.



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