Martin’s Blog 14th December

Sad to see that Warwick have lost their card today even though we weren’t heading there. I’ve never known it wetter here and Warwick aren’t a million miles away from us. So frustrating for everyone.

We head to Taunton with Kauto Castillo making his racecourse debut in the Junior NH Hurdle under Adam Wedge. Ed Partridge purchased him for us and we thought he’d be a early sort that would come to hand easily however he’s taken a bit longer than anticipated and today will be a big learning curve for him. Freddie wishes he was old enough to ride him as he’s done most of his schooling over hurdles and he’s a real favourite of his. Whatever he does today he’ll come on for the experience but he is ready for a run and it will be interesting to see how he takes to the whole experience.

Samtara is our other runner. Harry Atkins gets on very well with him and won on him at Hereford in March and was a great 2nd at Cheltenham in April and he claims a valuable 10lbs off his back and is very good value for that claim. He pulled up last time and has since had wind surgery and a summer break. The horses seem to be coming back to form after a bit of a quiet spell and he looks well in his coat and will hopefully run a solid race.

Cheltenham this weekend and we have runners tomorrow and Saturday and are also at other meetings too so a busy time. We’d prefer it less soft and the Cross Country is too soft for Back On The Lash so it will be a rare day without us having a cross country runner. That course doesn’t drain as well as the main course so he’ll take his chance on Saturday – albeit a very hot race. It should be a great weekend in the run up to Christmas.

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