Martin’s Blog 14th February

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’ve forgotten to surprise your loved one this morning we can help and they will never know – your secret will be safe with us! Read on……

We have lots of different options suitable for all budgets from the fun of joining our Racing Club (@ £42/month) through shares in our yearlings, our two year olds (obviously the Gold Cup / Grand National winners of the future!) and shares in Black Prince and Beneagles who are ready to go … and even a whole horse – Black Panther who was 3rd on his National Hunt Flat Race debut at Newcastle recently and is on the market at £35,000. He’s a lovely looking horse and Richard Johnson thought he had a great attitude – come and watch him on the gallops and see for yourselves. So many options! Or indulge yourself!

Leighton Aspell in this morning and he, and our Conditional Paddy Cowley, schooled Eclat Des Mottes, Beneagles, Cotswold Prince, Sarasota Star, Be Thankful and City Never Sleeps over hurdles. Over fences we schooled Debden Bank, Solstice Star, Big Nasty and Capital Force. Chris Dee was here to watch her son and Bloodstock Agent Charlie ride Eclat Des Mottes before Leighton jumped on to school him.

Second lot Matt Capp was here to watch Robsam and Dreamsundermyfeet on the gallops. Leighton worked Dreamer and we also worked Black Prince, Black Panther, Ten Past Midnight, Mozzaro and Samtara.

Dreamsundermyfeet and Mozzaro both had an away morning earlier this week schooling at Jon Trice-Rolph’s Todenham base. They both jumped well especially Mozzaro who was leaving the ground for the first time. It does them good mentally and physically to go away and have a new experience and I always feel they grow up from doing different things. Mozzaro will start in a bumper but it never does them harm to be learning to jump as soon as they are ready.

Debden Bank was a non runner at Leicester yesterday due to the ground going heavy which he wouldn’t have wanted. It did mean that I could rush over to Moreton in Marsh Fire College as Harry was running in his primary school team in the North Cotswold Schools Cross Country run where he was a respectable 44th of about 120 kids.

Hoping that Ascot is on tomorrow as we have declared Run A Rig for the bumper there. Sandown Park is already off due to waterlogging.