Martin’s Blog 11th December

Another Day Out ran an absolute belter on Saturday at Sandown giving her fun bunch of owners a fabulous day of racing at one of our favourite tracks. Sean Bowen quickly gained a 10 length lead with her thoroughly enjoying the heavy ground and jumping for fun. Turning for home I still thought they may have pinched it but the Wadham horse I feared most always had her in his sights and, even if she’d flown the last (her only mistake) I don’t think it made any difference. Thrilled with 2nd though and the team at Sandown looked after us all very well indeed – it makes such a difference when placed horses’ connections are spoilt too so thank you Sandown.

I forgot to mention last week that Sian Brooke, who has been here for over a year, trained Hung Jury to win the Mixed Open at Chaddesley Corbett under James King – a very hot race. Absolutely thrilled for her and a real team effort as Oli Hayes, also based here, has helped Sian with him in his lunchtimes too. He is Sian’s first winner so very well done Sian and a big photo in Horse & Hound too!

Jon & Jack Hughes were in on Friday morning and it was great to see them both. A longer drive from them now they are residents of Cheshire rather than 10 minutes away but not far on Friday after a stay at The Kings Head in Bledington.

On Saturday we had our Annual Racing Club and Partnerships Christmas get together with mulled wine and mince pies (thanks to Janne Bishop & Heather Wooster) and the annual Christmas Jumper photo too! As always a wonderful morning albeit in absolutely torrential rain – top marks to our team for riding out in it and a big shout out to those that attended to watch them in it too! A fabulous catch up with so many friends.

On Friday night we went to our annual Christmas Panto at The Everyman in Cheltenham where Tweedy the Clown was Mother Goose and along with her sons, Kaleb and Clarkson, were fighting to save their farm, Piddly Plop Farm! It’s always a brilliant show although I’ll not be allowing Belinda to do the booking from now on as front row on the left isn’t the place to sit if you just want to watch the show…..not only did I get dragged up on stage to be serenaded by Tweedy (much to the amusement of the boys & Belinda) at the beginning of the 2nd half but I was very reluctantly dragged up again (to the audience chanting my name!!) to ride a bike to keep their electricity going! So my advice to everyone is that it’s brilliant BUT don’t sit at the front!

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