Martin’s Blog 12th April

Hope you have all had a lovely Easter weekend. We were racing on both Sunday and Monday. Miss Antipova ran a belter for Anna & Alan Varey to finish a good 2nd at Ffos Las on Sunday whilst Peso In My Pocket’s run was too bad to be true so we are checking him out thoroughly.

Despite the true English bank holiday weather on Monday (plenty of heavy rain showers!) we had a really fun day at Paxford at the North Cotswold Hunt Point to Point. Harry Stock kicked off proceedings in the best possible way by training the winner of the Hunt Race, Chenery, under Zak Baker who won well. Delighted for Harry, Beth Whittle and all of the Stock Family. Belinda had her 1st Point to Point runner for about 15 years when HRH The Princess Royal’s Pattern Cutter ran a belter in the Maiden. The ground was a little too soft for him but he jumped for fun out in front, also under Zak Baker, but just tired in the closing stages to finish 3rd. A solid run though and very pleasing. Last but not least Sian Brooke trains her own The Wonky Tonk and he’d been off the track for over 900 days however he ran an absolute belter in the Mixed Open to finish 3rd, denied 2nd on the line, under Elliott England. A great effort. Luke Harvey trained the winner of the Mixed Open and he’s a regular on our gallops so a good day all round.

Yesterday Dan Pallett, and his cameraman Tim, came to take some footage of Back On The Lash who we excitedly learned had made the cut for The Grand National at lunchtime on Monday. Part-owner Harry Redknapp was interviewed by Nick Luck on his Luck on Sunday programme which you can watch HERE. It was a lovely sunny morning yesterday and footage will be shown later on in the week with both Sian, who looks after him and Freddie interviewed too.

Today we head to Southwell with Debden Bank partnered by James Best who gets on so well with him. He has been working really solidly well recently and I couldn’t be happier with him so he’ll hopefully run a decent race.



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